Review: Massoth 8101200 Rolling Road

Review published: 14 April 2015
Latest update: 22 April 2015


Product Information:

Manufacturer: Massoth
Article Number: 8101200
Product Description: G Gauge Rolling Road (blue without illumination)
MSRP (2015): € 42,90 / $ N.A.
Link: Massoth


Review:

When I received a review sample of the BR 24 from PIKO, I figured it was the right time to buy a rolling road to test it out properly. I went for the rolling road from Massoth, as it’s perhaps the most popular choice.

Massoth 8101200 Rolling Road Blue

I purchased two sets of the blue rolling road, as I have some locomotives with three driving wheels.

Massoth 8101200 Rolling Road Blue

Inside the box you will find the manual, and of course the rolling road itself. The cardboard box insert is useless, it’s not handy at all if you want to put the rolling road away for storage.

Massoth 8101200 Rolling Road Blue

I decided to not read the manual (who does that anyway?), and take a look at the rolling road immediately.

Massoth 8101200 Rolling Road Blue

The two axle supports feature two stainless steel guiding wheels on each side.

Massoth 8101200 Rolling Road Blue

The axle supports come with a slightly transparent blue housing in plastic.

Massoth also offers a different version in red (Art. No. 8101210), with lighting inside the axle supports. I honestly don’t know why you need lighting in your rolling road, but hey, if you like the more fancy stuff that’s the one you want.

As I said, this blue version I got is not illuminated, therefore the base of the axle supports is empty inside.

Massoth 8101200 Rolling Road Blue

Also included is a support for the pickup shoes.

Massoth 8101200 Rolling Road Blue

The rolling road can be placed on G or 1 scale track on either straight or curved track sections.

Massoth 8101200 Rolling Road Blue

The rolling road picks up power from the track, so you can use it for both analogue and digital operation.

Massoth 8101200 Rolling Road Blue

Massoth 8101200 Rolling Road Blue

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Conclusion:

Rolling roads are a great way to display your locomotives, and also to test if your locomotive runs properly. Trying out your digital installation with sound functions is now very easy as well.

The rolling road from Massoth shows great running characteristics for your locomotives. I found that carbon dust from a locomotives carbon pickup brushes, and dirt from the wheels can easily be removed from the guiding wheels of the rolling road.

With regular maintenance (cleaning, lubrication), the roller bearings should last a long long time.


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