Review: PIKO G 37520 Diesel Locomotive V 60, DB IV

Published: 7 August 2011
Latest update: 30 April 2016


Product Information:

Manufacturer: PIKO
Article Number: 37520
Product Description: Diesel Locomotive V 60, DB IV
Year of Introduction: 2009
MSRP (2009): € 230,00 / (2014): € 285,00

Review PIKO G 37520 Diesel Locomotive V 60 / BR 260

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’

Prototype:

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.


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.

PIKO G V 60 / BR 260 Review

PIKO G V 60 / BR 260 Review

Opening the box, we find the manual and spare parts list, and a set of narrow gauge buffers.

PIKO G V 60 / BR 260 Review

Here she is!

PIKO G V 60 / BR 260 Review

The front features two white LED lights.

PIKO G V 60 / BR 260 Review

Sharp lettering, very nice.

PIKO G V 60 / BR 260 Review

A third light is mounted on the exhaust pipe. Some nice details on the roof of the cab as well.

PIKO G V 60 / BR 260 Review

The well-known PIKO figure is seated inside the cab.

PIKO G V 60 / BR 260 Review

Sharp lettering, again.

PIKO G V 60 / BR 260 Review

A view from the side.

PIKO G V 60 / BR 260 Review

Nice…

PIKO G V 60 / BR 260 Review

A close-up of the chassis with nicely detailed coupling rods.

PIKO G V 60 / BR 260 Review

Three lights on the rear as well.

PIKO G V 60 / BR 260 Review

PIKO G V 60 / BR 260 Review

Great looking model.

PIKO G V 60 / BR 260 Review

Let’s take a look at the chassis from underneath.

PIKO G V 60 / BR 260 Review

To negotiate small radius curves, PIKO designed an articulated chassis. The locomotive has one traction tyre.

PIKO G V 60 / BR 260 Review

Short(er) coupling would be nice…

PIKO G V 60 / BR 260 Review

… and it’s possible. You only have to move the screw on the underside of the coupler one hole further.

PIKO G V 60 / BR 260 Review

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.


Conclusion:

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

Technical Details:

  • 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

Links & Downloads: