Published: 12 June 2014
Latest update: 9 June 2016
- Manufacturer: LGB
- Article Number: 30507
- Product Description: Compartment Car, 3rd Class, DRG II
- Year of Introduction: 2012
- MSRP (2012): € 129,95
- 30506 Compartment Car, 3rd/4th Class, DRG II
- 30508 Compartment Car, 4th Class, DRG II
The compartment car in this review is the third class car, later I also bought the other two cars to make a nice set of three.
A first glimpse.
Here she is.
To keep the car firmly into the cardboard box, a piece of foam is used to fill the gap between the roof and the box.
But it’s rather useless, as the coach is able to move inside the box. This could lead to damage, which it did in my case. More about that later on…
I’m not sure what this hole is for, probably to allow some cables through when fitting interior lighting. Shame about the visible screw. You won’t find this on newer models, but these coaches are actually made from very old moulds.
I like the shape of these coaches. Odd, but nice.
All eight doors can be opened. However, the hinge is huge and the gap between the door and the coach body is pretty big as well. Shame.
“Raucher” means this compartment is for smokers. Non-smokers have their own compartment as well.
Taking a look inside the coach.
LGB’s compartment coaches feature a single buffer, which indicates the cars are a narrow gauge prototype. I googled for “DRG abteilwagen” (German term for “compartment car”), and it seems LGB’s cars are not based on a prototype at all. The original DRG compartment cars are much longer, and were all standard gauge with double buffers.
The steps feel fragile, so be careful.
The bottom shows the standard LGB two-axle chassis. Plastic wheels fitted standard.
Made by Märklin, no sign of LGB on the bottom of the car…
As I wrote in the beginning of this review, these compartment cars are made from very old moulds. If you look closely, you can see a few dents in the paintwork in the shape of a rectangle. The moulds previously had an LGB logo right at that spot, which obviously has been cut out to let the moulds appear more ‘modern’.
For comparison, the picture below shows an old version of the coach with a – from this viewing distance – very tiny LGB logo near the roof.
Cracks in the paint are unfortunately not uncommon on this coach. All three coaches suffer the same problem.
This particular coach had no further issues, but both other cars arrived damaged. The little shield on the roof (e.g. K 861 Dresden) was broken on both coaches, and one also had a broken hinge on one of the doors.
I blame the poor packaging for the broken shields, but the broken hinge is very likely a production issue which should have been prevented with a good quality control check.
The frustration didn’t end there. When ordering a product in 2014 that has been produced in 2012, one would expect to find spare parts. Nope. LGB even refused to take the coach with broken hinge in for repair, as they didn’t have any parts either. So I ended up sending the car back to LGB, and they gave my money back. And with that money, I bought another new one from the same shop…
Overall, I really like the compartment cars very much. Although they are not prototypical at all, they look good and at least the paint scheme represents the coaches of the time well.
It’s a big shame these coaches come with numerous problems and overall a low feeling of quality. The paintjob is not great and the moulds shows their age. Quite simply, for 130 Euros, I expected more. And LGB’s poor customer service doesn’t make for up it either.
Underwhelming, to say the least.