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.
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
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.
The box includes a plastic bag containing small detail parts which you need to fit to the locomotive yourself.
To add the bell, you need to remove the smokebox door.
You’ll see the front light LED, and a wiring board for the smoke generator.
Push the bell into place, insert the LED into the front light housing and push the smokebox door back into place.
Attach the other small parts as well, and your engine should now look like this:
The locomotive is called a ‘Mogul’, which means it has three driving wheels and a small pony truck at the front.
The cylinders. The left part doesn’t attach very well. On the other side of the loco, it was attached properly.
The valve gear has improved a lot compared to the BR 80 from PIKO, but it still could use a little more refinement.
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.
The locomotive comes with a mechanical/electrical coupler to connect the tender.
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.
Traction tyres are fitted to the front axle.
The electrical coupler viewed from beneath.
Taking a look inside the cab, with the traditional PIKO figure on his seat.
Now, let’s take a closer look at the tender.
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.
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.
Let’s couple the tender to the locomotive.
‘Something is missing‘, I hear you thinking… Yep, metal wheels on the tender would be nice.
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.
The gears are plastic.
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! 🙂
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
- 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
I decided to paint the smokebox handrails, the handrails on the boiler, and the bell frame. I also added metal wheels to the tender.
I never liked the green boiler too much, so that had to be painted black as well. 🙂
Links & Downloads:
- Spare parts – PIKO G 38210 D&RGW Mogul (PDF)