Review: PIKO G 38610 Wood Coach D&RGW

Published: 25 October 2014
Latest update: 9 June 2016


Product Information:

  • Manufacturer: PIKO
  • Article Number: 38610
  • Product Description: Wood Coach D&RGW #320
  • Year of Introduction: 2013
  • MSRP (2015): € 93,00

PIKO G 38610 D&RGW Passenger Coach 320

Also available (as of 2015):

  • Rio Grande (D&RGW): 38600, 38601, 38602, 38603, 38630
  • Santa Fe (SF): 38611, 38612, 38623, 38626, 38628
  • Southern (SR): 38617, 38618, 38619
  • Pennsylvania (PRR): 38163, 38614, 38624, 38627, 38629
  • ‘Blue Comet’: 38620, 38621, 38622
  • Southern Pacific (SP): 38625
  • White Pass (WP&YR): 38631, 38632, 38633, 38634

Review:

Let’s get unboxing…

Review PIKO 38610 D&RGW Passenger Coach

Tada! The first American passenger coach made by PIKO.

Review PIKO 38610 D&RGW Passenger Coach

First impression: Looks nice, but… I’m used to the long US coaches from LGB and other brands, and at first sight, this one looks… short.

Review PIKO 38610 D&RGW Passenger Coach

LGB had a line of yellow D&RGW coaches in the past as well. Scroll down to the end of this review for a comparison with a similar PRR coach from LGB.

Review PIKO 38610 D&RGW Passenger Coach

At first, I was worried the yellow coach would look too plastic. But PIKO nailed it, it looks just right. Of course, the color is very bright, but that’s how the real thing looked as well. Still, some folks will prefer to add a little weathering.

Review PIKO 38610 D&RGW Passenger Coach

The coach is a US prototype, which means no buffers. Knuckle couplers, anyone? It would be great if PIKO supplied those with their American rolling stock. PIKO, are you reading this? 😉

Review PIKO 38610 D&RGW Passenger Coach

The handrails look sturdy.

Review PIKO 38610 D&RGW Passenger Coach

The door does not open, but personally I don’t mind. My HSB passenger coaches from LGB have opening doors, and I usually end up annoyed about how they keep sliding open… PIKO keeps their moulds simple to keep costs down, and I can’t blame them.

Review PIKO 38610 D&RGW Passenger Coach

Nice sharp yellow lettering.

Review PIKO 38610 D&RGW Passenger Coach

Some close-up shots.

Review PIKO 38610 D&RGW Passenger Coach

Review PIKO 38610 D&RGW Passenger Coach

Review PIKO 38610 D&RGW Passenger Coach

Review PIKO 38610 D&RGW Passenger Coach

The other end of the coach. This passenger car features road number 320, PIKO also offers an almost identical coach with road number 306 (Art. No. 38600).

Review PIKO 38610 D&RGW Passenger Coach

The bottom of the coach. It comes with plastic wheels, unfortunately.

Review PIKO 38610 D&RGW Passenger Coach


Size Comparison:

As I said, the PIKO coach looked fairly short at first sight. Therefore, I thought a comparison with a similar Pennsylvania coach from LGB would be interesting. I borrowed the coach from a friend, and took some comparison shots.

The first difference: the LGB coach has 9 windows on both sides, the PIKO coach has 7 of them.

Review PIKO 38610 D&RGW Passenger Coach

Review PIKO 38610 D&RGW Passenger Coach

Here they are, side by side.

Review PIKO 38610 D&RGW Passenger Coach

Review PIKO 38610 D&RGW Passenger Coach

They do look very similar.

Review PIKO 38610 D&RGW Passenger Coach

Review PIKO 38610 D&RGW Passenger Coach

Review PIKO 38610 D&RGW Passenger Coach

It seems like PIKO had a very good look at an LGB coach before they started on theirs 🙂 . The width, heigth and shape of the body are almost identical.

Review PIKO 38610 D&RGW Passenger Coach

Review PIKO 38610 D&RGW Passenger Coach

The bogies are a bit shorter.

Review PIKO 38610 D&RGW Passenger Coach


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Conclusion:

The D&RGW passenger coach is a great addition to the ever growing US range from PIKO, and it’s their first attempt at a passenger coach. Obviously, they had a good look at LGB’s passenger coaches, which is quite clever. If you put them next to each other and look at them from a distance, you won’t notice a difference. Except for the length.

For the hardcore fans of American rolling stock, this coach is probably not for you. You will find it too short, and you might be better off sticking to the same brand of coaches you already own (LGB, Bachmann etc). If you’re a regular G scale enthusiast – like me – and feel adventurous, I highly recommend getting a nice rake of these US cars from PIKO! They’re well-made, and look great. Drawbacks are the lack of US-style couplers, and the fact it comes with plastic wheels.