Review: PIKO G 37105 Christmas Starter Set

Published: 21 December 2014
Latest update: 22 December 2014


Product Information:

  • Manufacturer: PIKO
  • Article Number: 37105
  • Year of Introduction: 2009
  • MSRP (2014): € 269,99

PIKO G 37105 Christmas Starter Set


Review:

The starter set includes:

  • 0-6-0 Steam locomotive
  • 2-bay hopper
  • Caboose
  • A full circle of brass track, radius R1 600 mm (Art.No. 35211)
  • Track power clamps (Art.No. 35270)
  • Track clips, 14 pieces (Art.No. 35285)
  • Analogue throttle
  • 230 V transformer (20V / 28 VA AC)
  • Manual

The Christmas set is also available with a 120 V transformer under article number 38105.

Review PIKO G 37105 Christmas Starter Set

Thanks to Grootspoor.com, I had this set delivered just in time for Christmas because of their quick delivery.

Review PIKO G 37105 Christmas Starter Set

Let’s get unboxing.

Review PIKO G 37105 Christmas Starter Set

Hidden below the manual is the transformer and analogue throttle. I have purchased a starter set from PIKO before (the BR 80 set), and this power pack is a definite improvement over the old one, designwise.

Review PIKO G 37105 Christmas Starter Set

A circle of brass R1 curves.

Review PIKO G 37105 Christmas Starter Set

The transformer plugs into a standard wall outlet, and the output voltage is supplied over the black and white wires.

Review PIKO G 37105 Christmas Starter Set

Nicely designed control box.

Review PIKO G 37105 Christmas Starter Set

Review PIKO G 37105 Christmas Starter Set

The black and white wires from the transformer plug into the terminals on the right. The track power clamps are connected to the center red and blue terminals. The two left (brown and yellow) terminals can be used to supply power to several trackside accessories.

Review PIKO G 37105 Christmas Starter Set

Track power clamps are included, and 14 track clips as well. These can be used to hold the track sections together.

Review PIKO G 37105 Christmas Starter Set

The locomotive is based on the standard US 0-6-0 design from PIKO, which means the chassis and valve gear are identical.

Review PIKO G 37105 Christmas Starter Set

Review PIKO G 37105 Christmas Starter Set

Review PIKO G 37105 Christmas Starter Set

Colourful, perfect for Christmas!

Review PIKO G 37105 Christmas Starter Set

Review PIKO G 37105 Christmas Starter Set

The valve gear looks cheap. Wish they used the same valve gear as the US Mogul

Review PIKO G 37105 Christmas Starter Set

The backside. One lantern at the back of the cabin. The cabin itself does not feature interior lighting.

Review PIKO G 37105 Christmas Starter Set

Review PIKO G 37105 Christmas Starter Set

Of course, Mr. PIKO is on board. No Christmas holidays for him then… 😉

Review PIKO G 37105 Christmas Starter Set

Festive decorations on the boiler.

Review PIKO G 37105 Christmas Starter Set

Review PIKO G 37105 Christmas Starter Set

The locomotive comes with the ‘old’ gearbox design without ball bearings, and nickel-plated wheels. Newer PIKO models use chromed wheels and ball bearings, but this one doesn’t. If you run the train indoors only, you should not worry at all. If you run it outside the wheels will get dirty very fast, which could lead to contact problems. I have a BR 80 and a V 60 with the same wheels, and personally I never had these issues. When the track is clean, they all run super smooth.

Review PIKO G 37105 Christmas Starter Set

Now: the 2-bay hopper.

Review PIKO G 37105 Christmas Starter Set

Review PIKO G 37105 Christmas Starter Set

Review PIKO G 37105 Christmas Starter Set

Review PIKO G 37105 Christmas Starter Set

Lots of presents fit inside here… 😉

Review PIKO G 37105 Christmas Starter Set

Let’s take a look at the caboose. First, you’ll have to fit the chimney.

Review PIKO G 37105 Christmas Starter Set

“Merry Christmas”. Thanks, PIKO 🙂 .

Review PIKO G 37105 Christmas Starter Set

No way I could tolerate this much gold plastic on a train, but hey, it’s a Christmas train after all. I can live with that, I think.

Review PIKO G 37105 Christmas Starter Set

Review PIKO G 37105 Christmas Starter Set

Review PIKO G 37105 Christmas Starter Set

Caboose, hopper and the locomotive lining up. Great looking set.

Review PIKO G 37105 Christmas Starter Set


Conclusion:

The locomotive runs very jerky right out of the box, but after an hour the motor runs a lot smoother (and more silent). It handles the R1 curves perfectly well, and does not squeak.

Buying a Christmas train set is hardly a rational decision, often you just buy it because it appeals to you. Well, this set should appeal to many people. A great looking 0-6-0, with two festive freight cars, and all the other things you need to get it up and running in no time.

I’m definitely looking forward to more Christmas items from PIKO. If I may suggest something, a Christmas themed VT 98 railbus would look awesome 😉 .


Links & Downloads: