Review: PIKO G 38210 Steam Locomotive Mogul D&RGW

Published: 11 April 2012
Latest update: 9 June 2016


In addition to their successful German standard gauge range, PIKO also offers a wide range of American rolling stock. After introducing several American starter sets and ‘Mainline Series‘ freight cars, PIKO announced their first US locomotive in 2011: a 2-6-0 ‘Mogul’ steam engine in a D&RGW paint scheme.


Product Information:

Manufacturer: PIKO
Article number: 38210
Product Description: Steam Locomotive with Tender ‘Mogul’ D&RGW (with Smoke)
Year of Introduction: 2011
MSRP (2011): € 209,00 / (2014): € 270,00 / (2015): Out of production

Review PIKO G 38210 D&RGW Mogul Steam Locomotive


Review:

The first thing you should know is that PIKO’s ‘Mogul’ locomotive is a freelance design, as it is not modelled after a single prototype. Nevertheless, this ‘fantasy’ model should appeal to many US modellers. While the locomotive comes in a D&RGW paint scheme, more road names will definitely be available in the future.

PIKO G 38210 Mogul Review

The box includes a plastic bag containing small detail parts which you need to fit to the locomotive yourself.

PIKO G 38210 Mogul Review

To add the bell, you need to remove the smokebox door.

PIKO G 38210 Mogul Review

You’ll see the front light LED, and a wiring board for the smoke generator.

PIKO G 38210 Mogul Review

Push the bell into place, insert the LED into the front light housing and push the smokebox door back into place.

PIKO G 38210 Mogul Review

Attach the other small parts as well, and your engine should now look like this:

PIKO G 38210 Mogul Review

The locomotive is called a ‘Mogul’, which means it has three driving wheels and a small pony truck at the front.

PIKO G 38210 Mogul Review

The cylinders. The left part doesn’t attach very well. On the other side of the loco, it was attached properly.

PIKO G 38210 Mogul Review

The valve gear has improved a lot compared to the BR 80 from PIKO, but it still could use a little more refinement.

PIKO G 38210 Mogul Review

Chromed wheels.

PIKO G 38210 Mogul Review

A bit of a messy paintjob at the bottom of the boiler. But, when looking at the boiler from about ten centimeters, you won’t even notice.

PIKO G 38210 Mogul Review

Sharp lettering.

PIKO G 38210 Mogul Review

The locomotive comes with a mechanical/electrical coupler to connect the tender.

PIKO G 38210 Mogul Review

The pony truck axle is clipped into two plastic brackets. I think these will require some extra oil from time to time to prevent squeaky sounds.

PIKO G 38210 Mogul Review

Traction tyres are fitted to the front axle.

PIKO G 38210 Mogul Review

The electrical coupler viewed from beneath.

PIKO G 38210 Mogul Review

Taking a look inside the cab, with the traditional PIKO figure on his seat.

PIKO G 38210 Mogul Review

Nice.

PIKO G 38210 Mogul Review

Now, let’s take a closer look at the tender.

PIKO G 38210 Mogul Review

Two wiring looms from the coupling are routed through a hole in chassis to be connected to a wiring board inside the tender. I’m interested to see how long the protection around the wires will last as there is quite a lot of friction between the wires and the chassis.

PIKO G 38210 Mogul Review

The main circuit board is located inside the tender. If you want to install a digital decoder with loudspeaker, both should go in the tender as well. This way, you don’t need to open up the loco unit at all.

PIKO G 38210 Mogul Review

Let’s couple the tender to the locomotive.

PIKO G 38210 Mogul Review

Looks great.

PIKO G 38210 Mogul Review

PIKO G 38210 Mogul Review

PIKO G 38210 Mogul Review

Something is missing‘, I hear you thinking… Yep, metal wheels on the tender would be nice.

PIKO G 38210 Mogul Review

Let’s take a look inside the motor block. Power is picked up from all three axles. Only the outer two axles feature ball bearings, the center axle can move around freely to negotiate sharp curves.

PIKO G 38210 Mogul Review

The gears are plastic.

PIKO G 38210 Mogul Review

The ‘Mogul’ is a smooth runner, and power pick-up is good. In the video, the engine is only pulling three freight cars, it can pull a lot more of course! 🙂


Conclusion:

The ‘Mogul’ offers great value for money. With its ball bearing chromed wheels, the locomotive runs very smooth with good power pick-up from the track.

It looks good, but in my opinion the handrails and other gold detail parts look a bit too cheap. You might want to repaint some of those.


Dimensions & Measurements:

  • Scale: not specified by manufacturer
  • Length (total): 570 mm
  • Height (top to rail): 170 mm
  • Width: 110 mm
  • Weight: not measured
  • Pulling power: not measured

Technical Details:

  • Operation: Analogue
  • Minimum Radius: 600 mm
  • Wheels: Chrome plated
  • Axles: Ball bearing
  • Geared axles: 2
  • Gears: plastic
  • Traction tyres: 2 (front axle)
  • Motor: 5-pole, unknown brand
  • Power pick-up: 3 axles, 1 set of pick-up shoes
  • Lights: Front, rear (bi-directional), white
  • Smoke generator: Yes

Modifications:

I decided to paint the smokebox handrails, the handrails on the boiler, and the bell frame. I also added metal wheels to the tender.

PIKO G 38210 Mogul Review

PIKO G 38210 Mogul Review

I never liked the green boiler too much, so that had to be painted black as well. 🙂

PIKO G 38210 Mogul Review


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