P62K Class Boxcar
The P62K is an improved standard P62, 'K' (kuai) denoting they are equipped with high speed bogies. They share the double doors and external ribs as the standard P62, thousands have been built but production has now ceased with the P64 taking over. For those wondering the external differences between these and CMR lines C62NK's, it is the blistered panelling between the external ribs.
This is CMR's first freight car, which has been brilliantly executed. They are sold in four-packs (the cars of the second production are sold individually), each pack with a different bureau - Wuhan, Urumuqi, Jinzhou & Hangzhou (although there is nothing to tell which beareau they belong to apart from on the packaging or the cars themselves). Much of the information is taken from the P62NK box car review as they are identical apart from some slight external differences.
The packaging is of medium - poor quality and hopefully this will be revised on future models. They come in individual two piece plastic clam shells. The cardboard outer box is very thin cardboard. It works well enough, but I can imagine these could be very easily damaged in the mail or in long term storage. I was sort of dismayed when I saw the state of mine from a Hong Kong vendor! It's especially disappointing after being accustomed to the superb boxes of CMR's SS3 electric locomotives. If using the original boxes for storage, make sure the brake wheels are to the right of the box or you will damage some of the undercarriage.
Details are really very good - unfortunately the good bits are underneath the car! Nevertheless they feature etched metal walkways, vertical brake wheels, air hoses and ultra fine uncoupling rods. On the downside, they do have pretty chunky ladders, although these don't stand out so much due to the color of the car. The side doors are non-functional.
The cars I have run very freely and are relatively heavy for freight cars which should keep inertia helping the train along - although I'm not sure if that will effect long trains or gradients.
Plastic knuckle couplers - while these ones seem to work quite well, however as a genereal rule I simply don't trust anything apart from KD couplers. They will be very shortly converted to KD's - use medium shank whisker couplers with scale heads (158).