Published: 22 January 2012
Latest update: 10 June 2016
When PIKO entered the large scale market with their Taurus and “G-Gleis” track, their proposed track geometry looked promising. Complex track plans could be made without using lots of little pieces to make it fit. After releasing their R1 switches earlier, they released the R5 switch to compete with LGB’s R3 switch.
Wait, PIKO R5 is the same as LGB R3? I agree the name is confusing, but yes, they have a similar radius. PIKO’s radius is slightly different, so it won’t a direct swap for an LGB R3 switch or curve. LGB’s R3 radius is 1195 mm, while PIKO’s R5 radius is 1240 mm.
- Manufacturer: PIKO
- Article Number: 35222
- Product Description: G-WLR5 Manual Switch, R5, 22,5°, Left
- MSRP (2012): € 55,00
The switch is also available as a right-hand version:
- PIKO G 35223 G-WRR5 Manual Switch, R5, 22,5°, Right
- PIKO G 35271 Electric Switch Drive
The manual switch comes in sturdy box with nice graphics.
The box included the switch itself, and a supplementary 7,5 degree R5 curve.
So why do they include that small curved section?
This is why. You can create a larger space between the tracks by using the litte pieces. Clever.
The box also contains a little plastic handle, that can be attached onto the switch for manual operation.
Some detailed shots:
The frog is plastic.
Every PIKO track element features this small “PIKO G-Gleis” signature on one of the sleepers. I understand that you want to market your brand, but this is just plain ugly…
PIKO’s R1 switch next to the new R5 switch:
The R5 switch is a great addition to the Piko track range, and might be a good alternative to the LGB R3 switch – although the radius of both switches is slightly different.
Links & Downloads:
- Flyer – PIKO G Track Geometry (PDF)