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Bachmann China YZ25K (Yingzuoche) Hard Seat Passenger Cars

Prototype Information

The 25K class passenger cars are a further development of the 25 series of passenger cars. The hard seat variants have a capacity of 118 passengers in a 2 + 3 club seating arrangement. They are easily distinguished (in most cases) by their attractive white, blue & red livery, although since early 2015, it seems the class is undergoing a rapid repainting program to the classic green & gold livery. They are rated to 160kph and typically operate on T (fast express) type trains, however they are becoming less common as T trains are replaced by the ever growing CRH high speed network.

Model Production Summary

Release Date Production Number Production Run Scale Road # Livery Bureau
March 2002 CP00201 1st HO Scale 46915 White / Dark Blue / Red Shanghai
" " CP00202 " " " " 46916 " " " "
" " CP00203 " " " " 46917 " " " "
" " CP00204 " " " " 46918 " " " "
" " CP00205 " " " " 46919 " " " "
" " CP00206 " " " " 46920 " " " "
" " CP00207 " " " " 46921 " " " "
" " CP00208 " " " " 46922 " " " "
" " CP00209 " " " " 73279 " " Lanzhou
" " CP00210 " " " " 46848 " " " "
July 2013 CP00211 2nd " " 346918 " " Shanghai
" " CP00212 " " " " 346230 " " Beijing
" " CP00213 " " " " 346919 " " Shanghai
" " CP00214 " " " " 346230 " " Chengdu

Model Review - 1st Production Run

General
Bachmann China's second passenger car was the common YZ25K hard seat car. There were ten (questionable) road numbers available under two bureaus. All cars share the same livery. Bachmann had not designed their interior lighting kits by the time of their release and were hence not made available.

The body shell is a single casting with a clip on roof and floor section. The interior is a one piece casting in dark blue with the correct number of seats. Like Bachmann's first green /yellow hard seat passenger cars, the YZ25K's have a very visible separation line between the roof and body on the car ends. Bachmann's 25K are based on the version with electrical sliding plug doors, as opposed to swing doors.

Details
The paint work is reasonably sharp with good fine lettering, but the blue in my eyes is the wrong shade being a more purple color. Air conditioner detailing is not overly intricate. The car ends look bare with minimal detailing and the rubber corridors are pretty awful. under carriage details are OK. Bogie detailing is also minimal, however the wheels have disc brakes attached to the axles.

These were the first passenger cars from Bachmann China to include separate plastic destination boards and a sticker sheet showing car numbers (not to be confused with road numbers) which are to be affixed along the between the left hand door and first window.

Performance
All of my examples roll nicely 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
A fairly good attempt at an important prototype on Chinese rails.

Review Summary


The Good News

The Bad News
Good build quality Minimalistic details
Low profile wheels Incorrect paint color # road numbers

Model Photos

Model Review - 2nd Production Run

General
It took over a decade for a second try of these cars and anticipation was high. Only four road numbers were produced with three bureaus, again with the same livery.

Even though these models looked drastically improved, came with a price increase and new fancy packaging, most of the same tooling from the first run was used.

Details
Despite the same body shell being employed on these models, many of the details have been drastically improved. The Air conditioners are much better detailed with very fine grilles and although the same height as the old ones, appear to sit better on the roof. Gone are the old rubbish corridors and replaced with much finer grey plastic type which even come with wire diaphragm guides. having said that, no attempt has been made to include car-end doors. End steps are now made from wire, rather than cast into the body shell. Electrical couplers (above the corridors) are very beautifully reproduced and sit nice and close to other coupled cars (provided coupler conversion has been made - see below) or at the very least using the somewhat awkward drawbar system.

The paint work is much improved, now with a much closer shade of blue and they've also applied a second (optional on the real cars) blue line between the roof line and body. More care has also been taken with painted details, including simulating black rubber seals around the doors. The folded up steps below the doors are also more defined (non-functioning). Road numbers are now prototypical and are applied in the usual very sharp high quality.

Wheels have been downgraded to the usual Bachmann high profile type, however bogie details are much, much finer and even now have painted details. Bogies appear to have the capability to employ a copper brush electrical pick up system for lighting kits (the two cut outs either side of the mounting screw), however none of the cars are available with interior lighting. The undercarriage is nigh on identical to the first run.

So has it worked? Well, in short, yes. The paint work in itself is enough to distract from the flaws in the old tooling. Even the annoying gap between the roof and the body on the car ends is partially disguised by the electrical connectors above the corridors. They match the earlier (but better) hard sleeper version YW25K's.

Performance
All of my examples roll nicely 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
Greatly improved version!

Review Summary


The Good News

The Bad News
Superb paint work Old tooling used for majority of the car
Lots of new and/or improved details greatly improve these models High profile wheels

Model Photos

Comparison Photos


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