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Bachmann China YZ25G (Yingzuoche) Hard Seat Cars

Prototype Information

YZ25G cars were designed to run the "K" or "Kuai" (fast) trains. Since their introduction they have been relatively popular in China, and even more so in modern times due to the embrace of CRH high speed trains and the reduction of where many of the "T" (express) and "Z" (direct express) services. These cars are still being produced today and I enjoyed the opportunity to ride in an example out of Shenyang a mere two weeks old, according to the builders plates, in September 2015. They can be found all over China and up until early 2015 wore the same light grey/red/orange livery throughout the class (with some very minor exceptions), however a repainting program is underway to change the entire class (as well as 25K and 25T) to the common China Rail green/yellow livery. Bachmann has only produced one livery, but this progression gives a good excuse for a rerun!

Model Production Summary

Release Date Production Number Production Run Scale Road # Livery Bureau Lights Bogie Type
March 2008 CP01101 1st HO Scale 350525 Light Grey/Red/Orange Jinan No Lights 206P
" " CP01102 " " " " " " " " " " Lights " "
" " CP01103 " " " " 350518 " " Qingdao No Lights " "
" " CP01104 " " " " " " " " " " Lights " "
" " CP01105 " " " " 031002 " " Shanghai No Lights 209P
" " CP01106 " " " " " " " " " " Lights " "
" " CP01107 " " " " 031015 " " " " No Lights " "
" " CP01108 " " " " " " " " " " Lights " "
" " CP01109 " " " " 350528 " " " " No Lights 206P
" " CP01110 " " " " " " " " " " Lights " "
" " CP01111 " " " " 031018 " " " " No Lights 209P
" " CP01112 " " " " " " " " " " Lights " "
" " CP01113 " " " " 350457 " " Shenyang No Lights " "
" " CP01114 " " " " " " " " " " Lights " "
" " CP01115 " " " " 350458 " " " " No Lights " "
" " CP01116 " " " " " " " " " " Lights " "
" " CP01117 " " " " 350540 " " Beijing No Lights " "
" " CP01118 " " " " " " " " " " Lights " "
" " CP01119 " " " " 350541 " " " " No Lights " "
" " CP01120 " " " " " " " " " " Lights " "

Model Review

General
Bachmann have based their version of the YZ25G's on the type with the large plug type end doors, which extend below the car floor. The body is a single piece cast with a roof that is clipped on. The frame is also clipped to the body with the one piece blue interior sitting inside that. One thing to note, these cars are quite long, so track clearances may need to be considered.

Details
Bachmann's cars are fairly well detailed. The paint work is nicely applied and lettering and lining is very sharp. The roof mounted air conditioner detailing is very nice, with various manufacturer details depending on which variant you own. The under carriage is well detailed. The wheels are also equipped with axle mounted disc brakes. Windows are glued to the interior walls and sit flush with the exterior of the car. A nice touch is the frosted toilet windows. Interior is a one piece casting in dark blue, with quite good detail. It is easy to see the individual seat patterns and all tables are present and correct. Disassembly is a bit of a bugger however, so further detailing/adding passengers can be a very time consuming task - you will probably need to glue the windows back into place after disassembling it! Bogies are quite good, although I would prefer them to be grey color which would mate up nicer with Bachmann's later released YW (hard sleeper) cars. Bachmann have however made two different bogie styles - see image below.

Paint work is extremely good with some of the sharpest details on anything Bachmann has produced. If I had to critique it, some of the red paint is noticeably thicker than the grey paint, but you would need to really look under the right light to notice. The paint work is also very glossy, something the individual will either love or hate.

Performance
The cars roll very well and have a good weight. The only performance flaw, an unusual anomaly for Bachmann China products, is the coupler system; see "coupler Conversion" information below.

Lighting
Untested. All my examples are versions without interior lighting.

Coupler Conversion
The YZ25G's come equipped with Bachmann EZmate knuckle couplers which work OK, they leave unacceptably large gaps between cars. Bachmann have provided and alternative with the semi-permanent drawbar system. While this addressed the gap issue, unless one is operating a layout with track radii the same as Pluto's orbit around the Sun, a coupler conversion on these cars is essential. The penalty for using the drawbars are frequent derailments which can end up causing damage to other rolling stock, not to mention the great embarrassment amongst your other modelling friends who may prefer German, British or USA model railways.

I have tried the Kadee couplers, but the derailing issue still wasn't cured to an acceptable level, however I have discovered they run perfectly with the Fleischmann 6515's and the gap is very close. I have not tried any other coupler systems and I don't intend to as I'm happy running Kadee scale head couplers on all my locomotives and freight cars and the Fleishmann's on my passenger stock (with a Kadee on the end of each rake for locomotive/aesthetic purposes), however if you find something else that works well, I would be happy to include it here. Prior to purchasing these cars, I was quite happy with the drawbar system (although fiddly), however since these YZ25G's made it on to my layout, couplers are mandatorily changed to Fleishmann's.

Other Notes
A very important car in the modern China Rail scene.

Review Summary


The Good News

The Bad News
Very good quality Stock coupler system is very poor
Excellent attention to detail Difficult to disassemble for interior modifications or repairs

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