Model Encyclopedia - Bachmann China 1:87 SS9G Class Co-Co

Prototype Information

The SS9G's are the latest in the Shaoshan electric locomotive series with a Co-Co wheel arrangement. The standard SS9 was an enlarged version of the Bo-Bo SS8's, with the SS9G (model in question) having a completely revised external appearance. They are used on most of the major electrified mainlines in China, particularly between Shenyang, Beijing, Fuzhou, Guangzhou and Shanghai.

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Production Summary

Model Review

General

The SS9G's are Bachmann China's second electric mainline passenger in their push for modern models. The first production run was released with eight different road numbers, two each for the four major bureaus that operate the class. As the second production run was identical asides from the livery, they are combined here.

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Details

The details on this locomotive is really very well done, asides from the windscreen wipers which look very thick. I love the roof details on these, which are a major improvement over the already very nice SS8's. The bogie details have a nice level of depth. There are many other nice little touches, for example the e.m.u. plugs on the cab ends and the fine scale air hoses on the pilots. The major disappointment with the engine for me is the ultra high gloss finish over the otherwise very nice paint work. Even the bogies have an almost radioactive glow.

Performance

These locomotives are super smooth, quiet and strong. While they do lack the weight from previous releases (a tiny bit less than a DF4B), the high speed motor makes up for it so hauling long passenger trains, at least on layouts with minimal gradients, should be no problems.

Electronics

The locomotive can be run via the pantograph or rails, there is a selector switch on the PC board. Installing a DCC chip is very easy - with the 8 pin plug, but a Bachmann chip (or larger) will only fit directly above the motor. The lights are nice and strong; headlights are still the annoying blue for the headlights. Reverse lights are different on these locomotives with one side red and the other yellow.

Couplers

The SS9G's can take Kadee #5/#56/#156's (long shank).

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