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Bachmann China YZ22 (Yingzuoche) Hard Seat Cars

Prototype Information

The most iconic passenger cars of China are most certainly the YZ22 class hard seat cars. The hard seaters, aptly named "bum numbers", were built over a 40 year period. They have a 118 seating capacity, although during high season they could squeeze in more than twice that number. Seats are in club formation in a 2 + 3 configuration. They are rated to 120kph. Sadly these cars are being replaced by more modern types, although they can still be found all over the country, often spliced amongst other passenger car types.

Model Production Summary

Release Date Production Number Production Run Scale Road # Livery Bureau Features Lights
August 2003 CP00302 1st HO Scale 39108 Green (blue?) W/Yellow Lining & lettering Shenyang - No Lights
" " CP00303 " " " " 38656 " " Beijing " " " "
" " CP00304 " " " " 3008 " " JiTong " " " "
" " CP00305 " " " " 33168 " " Shanghai " " " "
October 2010 CP01001 2nd " " 333391 Dark Green Green W/Yellow Lining & lettering Shanghai Early style windows No Lights
" " CP01002 " " " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP01003 " " " " 333393 " " " " " " No Lights
" " CP01004 " " " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP01005 " " " " 337492 Dark Green W/Pale Yellow Lining & Lettering " " " " No Lights
" " CP01006 " " " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP01007 " " " " 335031 Green W/Pale Yellow Lining & Lettering Beijing " " No Lights
" " CP01008 " " " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP01009 " " " " 334501 Dark Green W/Pale Yellow Lining & Lettering Kunming " " No Lights
" " CP01010 " " " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP01011 " " " " 336490 Dark Green W/Yellow Lining & Lettering Shanghai " " No Lights
" " CP01012 " " " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP01013 " " " " 337456 Dark Green W/Pale Yellow Lining & Lettering Beijing " " No Lights
" " CP01014 " " " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP01015 " " " " 338685 Green W/Pale Yellow Lining & Lettering Chengdu " " No Lights
" " CP01016 " " " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP01017 " " " " 334912 Green W/Yellow Lining & Lettering Lanzhou " " No Lights
" " CP01018 " " " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP01019 " " " " No # Silver No Bureau " " No Lights
October 2010 CP01021 3rd " " 338863 Dark Green Green W/Pale Yellow Lining & lettering Shanghai Later style windows No Lights
" " CP01022 " " " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP01023 " " " " 338662 " " Beijing " " No Lights
" " CP01024 " " " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP01025 " " " " 339888 Green W/ Pale Yellow Lining & Lettering Jinan " " No Lights
" " CP01026 " " " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP01027 " " " " 338288 Dark Green W/Pale Yellow Lining & Lettering Shenyang " " No Lights
" " CP01028 " " " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP01029 " " " " 338679 " " Kunming " " No Lights
" " CP01030 " " " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP01031 " " " " 339158 " " Chengdu " " No Lights
" " CP01032 " " " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP01033 " " " " 338529 Green W/Yellow Lining & Lettering Qingzang " " No Lights
" " CP01034 " " " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP01035 " " " " 340226 Dark Green W/Yellow Lining & Lettering Shanghai " " No Lights
" " CP01036 " " " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP01037 " " " " 338008 Green W/Pale Yellow Lining & Lettering Zhengzhou " " No Lights
" " CP01038 " " " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP01039 " " " " No # Gold No Bureau " " No Lights
December 2011 CP01041 4th " " 34732 & 34731 Maroon / Cream Shanghai Early style windows / Air Conditioners / 2 car pack No Lights
" " CP01043 " " " " 030676 & 030594 Light Blue / Blue / Red / White Guangzhou " " No Lights

Model Review - 1st Production Run

General
Bachmann's first attempt at the YZ22 cars were released in August of 2003. They came about at a time when the Bachmann's range of models was starting to gain momentum and despite them being heavily criticised for their obvious short comings, were snapped up very quickly, owing to the fact that there was simply no other alternative. Bachmann cut the production short, releasing only four of ten planned road numbers. It would take over seven years for Bachmann to have another go.

The proportions of the car were fairly correct, however they rode far too high over the body. The exceptionally flimsy bogies further exhagerated the look. The car ends have an unfortunate line through the upper section where the roof casting sat. Roof details were reasonable, but quite coarse compared to the future runs. Bachmann decided to have random windows positioned in an open or partially open position an interesting idea, but perhaps not so good for people who model winter layouts! The windows themselves sit too high up the cars' body and as a result the upper yellow paint line above the window is too thin.

Details

The car body shells were cast from pre-colored plastic rather than painted. The end result was a color that was quite a way off with a blue/green color. The yellow lining & lettering at least was the usual sharp quality from previous Bachmann products. These cars included add on destination boards, a very nice touch.

The car handrails looked OK, reproduced with fine wire, however their brackets are quite oversized. Under carriage detail hangs down very low and is not particularly well done. Many of the components also appear undersized .

Performance
These were amongst the last of Bachmann's passenger cars to have nice low flanges. They roll quite well and are nicely weighted.

Coupler Conversion
Bachmann EZ-mates are fitted to the models which should be replaced at the earliest opportunity if you don't like huge air gaps between cars. Bachmann have included their usual semi-permanent drawbars which bring the gaps closer together, yet are a pain to attach and detach. While I usually advocate the use of KD couplers, on my passenger fleet, I prefer a Kadee coupler at each end of a rake of cars (type 362 NEM) and Fleischmann 6515's throughout the rest of the train. The Fleishmann couplers offer a superb connection and provide flawless operation between the cars around corners. They are also well built and designed and very easy to couple/uncouple. I find the Kadee's don't work as well with certain types of passenger cars which can prove troublesome when blending different types of passenger cars.

Other Notes
These cars have become quite collectable in their own right, despite their problems.

Review Summary


The Good News

The Bad News
The first Chinese passenger cars in model form... ...which were poorly executed

Model Review - 2nd & 3rd Production Run

General
Seven years later and Bachmann released a highly anticipated second attempt at the hard seat cars. This run was of very high quality and of equal standard to the other cars in the 22/23 class range. They were designed from the ground up with new tooling. In an effort to distinguish and perhaps even distance them from the first run, they were given a new production number series. The second run comprised of a total of nine variations, available with or without interior lighting. Four different variations of the green & yellow color scheme were made available. All versions had the early style saloon windows. A tenth type was produced in a solid silver color scheme as a collectors item, with no real prototype value.

The third production run was put on the market only a few weeks later. Once again nine variations were made with lighted or none-lighted versions available and again, all cars were slight variations of the common green & yellow livery. Also like the second run, another collectors car in solid gold was also made available. These cars were of the YW22B type and have more modern looking windows.

Details
Details are very nice on these cars. The underframe is much improved. Colors are correct and even bureau specific, however it was quite common to find all the different variations of the green & yellow cars mixed in together on a single train. Roof details are more crisp and defined, and gone is the annoying gap in the car ends to accomodate the old style roof casting. The underframe detail is also much nicer and the cars ride at a much more acceptable height. Bogie detail and depth is much more impressive.

Performance
The lighted version is more resistant to the unlit version due to the wheel brush electrical pickup system, however the effect is minimal. Those who operate more than 10 cars may see a noticeable difference. These cars were fitted with the now typical deep flanged wheels, however they will go through code 83 trackwork (and possibly 75) with no problems.

Coupler Conversion
Bachmann EZ-mates are fitted to the models which should be replaced at the earliest opportunity if you don't like huge air gaps between cars. Bachmann have included their usual semi-permanent drawbars which bring the gaps closer together, yet are a pain to attach and detach. While I usually advocate the use of KD couplers, on my passenger fleet, I prefer a Kadee coupler at each end of a rake of cars (type 362 NEM) and Fleischmann 6515's throughout the rest of the train. The Fleishmann couplers offer a superb connection and provide flawless operation between the cars around corners. They are also well built and designed and very easy to couple/uncouple. I find the Kadee's don't work as well with certain types of passenger cars which can prove troublesome when blending different types of passenger cars.

Other Notes
These are superb models, galaxies apart from the first run. Given their popularity, they are understandably quite hard to acquire now.

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Review Summary


The Good News

The Bad News
Very good details and a high quality product Deep wheel flanges
All previous issues addressed

Model Review - 4th Production Run

General
At the end of 2011, Bachmann graced us with two new versions of the hard seater cars. A total of four cars were produced in two liveries not previously available and were sold only in twin packs. They sold out very quickly. Both versions are YZ22's with the early style windows.

Details

Only very minor details were added to these cars over the 2nd/3rd runs, with the most part being painted on in the form of numbered axles boxes, axle mounted generator belt. The most significant upgrade went to the maroon and cream version with the very cool double air conditioner units and associated plumbing at the end of each end of the car.

Performance
As per 2nd/3rd review.

Coupler Conversion
As per 2nd/3rd review.

Other Notes
Highly collectable versions, now long sold out.

Review Summary


The Good News

The Bad News
Two new liveries made available Extremely difficult to acquire
Air conditioners are very nicely done No interior lighting versions offered


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