Review: PIKO G 38719 Flat Car with Stakes D&RGW Set

Published: 12 March 2016
Latest update: 30 April 2016


Product Information:

  • Manufacturer: PIKO
  • Article Number: 38719
  • Product Description: Flat Car with Stakes D&RGW, Set of 2
  • Year of Introduction: 2016
  • MSRP (2016): € 99,00 / $ 109,99

PIKO G 38719 Flat Car with Stakes D&RGW Set

American flat cars from PIKO, as of 2016:

  • 38700 Flat Car w/Stakes SF
  • 38710 Flat Car w/Stakes PRR
  • 38712 Flat Car w/Log Load WP&YR
  • 38713 Flat Car w/Log Load CN
  • 38719 Flat Car w/Stakes D&RGW Set
  • 38720 Flat Car w/Log Load PRR
  • 38721 Flat Car w/Log Load GN

Review:

In January 2014, PIKO announced two new US style flat cars, which were the first American freight cars to appear outside their ‘Mainline Series‘ range. Later in 2014, two new tank cars were announced as well, which were based on these flat cars.

PIKO further expanded their American freight car range in 2015 with high-side gondolas, work cabooses and container cars – all based on the flat cars as well.

At the beginning of this year, PIKO announced some more variants, including the #38719 D&RGW stake car set in this review.

A separate review of both the tank car and high-side gondola will follow soon (which will be linked at the end of this review, once available).

PIKO G 38719 Flat Car with Stakes D&RGW Set Review

Great packaging, as always.

PIKO G 38719 Flat Car with Stakes D&RGW Set Review

You will need to attach most of the stakes to the flat cars yourself. If you’re the type of person that stores his/her rolling stock in boxes after every running session, you may find this a bit annoying. I don’t really care, I even prefer having a single box for both cars as it saves a bit of storage space…

PIKO G 38719 Flat Car with Stakes D&RGW Set Review

The flat cars have a slightly different colour. I was not aware of it when I bought the set, but I like it.

PIKO G 38719 Flat Car with Stakes D&RGW Set Review

The stakes come in two plastic bags, a brake wheel is also supplied.

PIKO G 38719 Flat Car with Stakes D&RGW Set Review

Here’s the first stake car, with road number 6405.

PIKO G 38719 Flat Car with Stakes D&RGW Set Review

PIKO G 38719 Flat Car with Stakes D&RGW Set Review

PIKO G 38719 Flat Car with Stakes D&RGW Set Review

Sharp lettering, very nice.

PIKO G 38719 Flat Car with Stakes D&RGW Set Review

PIKO G 38719 Flat Car with Stakes D&RGW Set Review

The brake wheel, grab irons and steps are a very bright, white colour. They are easily removable so you can apply some darker paint if you wish to do so.

PIKO G 38719 Flat Car with Stakes D&RGW Set Review

The stake cars come with hook and loop couplers. I’m not sure if these cars allow for an easy conversion to Kadee (body mounted) couplers, but I’ll definitely try it out and report back…

PIKO G 38719 Flat Car with Stakes D&RGW Set Review

An interesting deck design. I Googled some images to find out if this design had a special name, but I couldn’t find much useful info. I did find some pictures of similar flat cars, so I assume this design is prototypical.

PIKO G 38719 Flat Car with Stakes D&RGW Set Review

The stakes need to be pressed down firmly into the stake pockets to attach them properly.

PIKO G 38719 Flat Car with Stakes D&RGW Set Review

Nice wood imitation deck.

PIKO G 38719 Flat Car with Stakes D&RGW Set Review

Bettendorf trucks, with plastic wheels.

PIKO G 38719 Flat Car with Stakes D&RGW Set Review

A nice amount of detail on the frame.

PIKO G 38719 Flat Car with Stakes D&RGW Set Review

Want to disassemble the flat car? There are two screws in the center, and three on each end (you will need to remove the trucks / bogies first).

PIKO G 38719 Flat Car with Stakes D&RGW Set Review

PIKO G 38719 Flat Car with Stakes D&RGW Set Review

The other stake car carries road number 6410, and is a slighty darker shade of brown.

PIKO G 38719 Flat Car with Stakes D&RGW Set Review

PIKO G 38719 Flat Car with Stakes D&RGW Set Review

PIKO G 38719 Flat Car with Stakes D&RGW Set Review


Conclusion:

The D&RGW flat car set from PIKO is a nice addition to their range of American items. Since I already owned a Rio Grande ‘Mogul’ locomotive and four yellow D&RGW wood coaches, I figured a few freight cars to add to my US collection would be nice.

PIKO’s G scale stake cars look good, and are well-made. If you enjoy PIKO’s Mogul locomotives, you should definitely get a nice rake of these flat cars as well. PIKO is further expanding this range with tank cars, gondolas, bulkhead flat cars & more, so there will be plenty of models to choose from.

The MSRP of this pack of 2 cars lies at € 99, which is great value for money – especially when compared to buying a single flat car (e.g. #38700, #38710) which is listed at € 81 MSRP.


Measurements:

  • Scale: not specified by manufacturer
  • Length (over body): 368,5 mm
  • Height (top to rail): 102,5 mm
  • Height (deck to rail): 43 mm
  • Width (maximum): 106,5 mm
  • Distance between trucks: 252 mm
  • Axle distance trucks: 55,5 mm
  • Weight: 332 g

Measurements are my own. I always try to measure as accurate as possible, but sometimes it’s quite difficult. Cannot guarantee 100% accurateness.


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