Bachmann China has announced its 2008 release programme. New items include a JS 2-8-2 steam locomotive, two diesels in the form of ND2 and ND5 locomotives, two coaches (22RW and 22RZ) and a QG70 bogie tank car.
1,135 JS Class (Jainshe) were built between 1957 and 1965 at Dalian Works for freight use mainly in North and North East China. Between 1986 and 1988 a further 423 locomotives of this improved B type were built at Datong Works. One of the Class was built specifically for the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad, Iowa, USA for service on the tourist line, where it remains in service. A few survive in industrial use within China.
Electroputere of Romania built the ND2 Co-Co diesel locomotives for the Chinese Ministry of Railways with 284 being built between 1972 and 1987. Most of the Class worked around Shanghai.
General Electric of America built 422 ND5 locomotives, which were of known as C37-7 locomotives on American railroads. The first 221 locomotives were delivered in 1984 with the remainder following in 1986.
New coaches are represented by the 22RZ and 22RW types. The existing range of wagons is supplemented by a new QG70 bogie tank wagon.
The Bachmann range of Chinese models is available through Bachmann dealers and release information regarding these new models will be advised in due course.