Published: 7 August 2011
Latest update: 30 April 2016
Article Number: 37520
Product Description: Diesel Locomotive V 60, DB IV
Year of Introduction: 2009
MSRP (2009): € 230,00 / (2014): € 285,00
Also available (as of 2014):
- 37521 Diesel Locomotive BR 260, blue/beige
- 37522 Diesel Locomotive BR 260 ‘Pressnitzalbahn’
- 37523 Diesel Locomotive BR 362 ‘Railion’
- 37524 Diesel Locomotive BR 363 ‘Cottbus’
“The DB Class V 60 is a German diesel locomotive operated by the Deutsche Bundesbahn (DB) and later, the Deutsche Bahn AG (DB AG), which is used particularly for shunting duties, but also for hauling light goods trains.” – Wikipedia
More info and pictures of the real V 60 are linked at the end of this review.
The V 60 comes in a DB era IV livery, which means the loco should actually be called the ‘BR 260’. The loco is best known as the V 60, so that’s the name I’ll be using as well.
Opening the box, we find the manual and spare parts list, and a set of narrow gauge buffers.
Here she is!
The front features two white LED lights.
Sharp lettering, very nice.
A third light is mounted on the exhaust pipe. Some nice details on the roof of the cab as well.
The well-known PIKO figure is seated inside the cab.
Sharp lettering, again.
A view from the side.
A close-up of the chassis with nicely detailed coupling rods.
Three lights on the rear as well.
Great looking model.
Let’s take a look at the chassis from underneath.
To negotiate small radius curves, PIKO designed an articulated chassis. The locomotive has one traction tyre.
Short(er) coupling would be nice…
… and it’s possible. You only have to move the screw on the underside of the coupler one hole further.
Let’s see how it performs on track!
The V 60 is a smooth runner, with decent power pick-up. It runs like a dream on clean track, but on extremely dirty track, it doesn’t. The axles pick up dirt quickly, causing power pick-up problems. If you keep your track clean, there’s not a huge problem.
The V 60 / BR 260 diesel loco from PIKO looks great, and is nicely detailed. The V 60 is a smooth runner, however, the wheels pick up dirt quickly causing power pick-up problems on dirty track.
[Edit 08/11/2015] For a few years now, PIKO is using a different type of wheels for their locomotives. These ‘new style’ wheels don’t pick up up dirt that quickly, basically eliminating any power pick-up problems. Read more here: PIKO G Scale Motor Block Designs.
Dimensions & Measurements:
- Scale: not specified by manufacturer
- Length (over buffers): 385 mm
- Height (top to rail): 185 mm
- Width: 117 mm
- Weight: 3,3 kg
- Pulling power: not measured
- Operation: Analogue
- Minimum radius: 600 mm
- Wheels: nickel plated
- Geared axles: 3
- Gears: plastic
- Traction tyres: 1
- Motor: 5-pole, unknown brand
- Power pick-up: 3 axles, 2 sets of pick-up shoes
- Lights: Front, rear (bi-directional), white
- Smoke generator: No