Published: 14 March 2016
Latest update: 30 April 2016
- Manufacturer: PIKO
- Article Number: 38711
- Product Description: Tank Car D&RGW
- Year of Introduction: 2014
- MSRP (2016): € 93,50 / $ 97,99
American tank car models from PIKO, as of 2016:
- 38705 Tank Car PRR
- 38711 Tank Car D&RGW
- 38714 Tank Car SF
- 38726 Tank Car WP&YR
- 38727 Tank Car ‘Mobil’
- 38728 Tank Car ‘Texaco’
The D&RGW tank car in this review was announced by PIKO at the end of 2014. We’ll take a look at it now:
First impression: nice!
The tank car is built upon PIKO’s standard flat car, which I reviewed earlier (linked at the end of this review).
Hook and loop couplers are installed by default. I’m not sure if fitting Kadee (body mounted) knuckles will be possible without too much modifications… I will try it out, and report back.
The grab irons and steps are separately moulded.
Sharp lettering all around.
Metal handrails on the tank, nice.
The UTLX tank car carries road number 52015. I hope more road numbers will be available in the future.
The ‘Gramps Oil’ company leased a number of tank cars from UTLX to move oil from their oil field. Fun fact: Lafayette Hughes – ‘Gramps Oil’ owner – reportedly had the cars painted ‘Gramps’ so that his grandchildren knew which cars belonged to their grandfather.
Bettendorf trucks with plastic wheels.
A nice amount of detail on the frame.
PIKO’s G scale tank car is another nice addition to their American range. The tank car is well-made, nicely detailed and it runs well. Although – I believe – it is not an exact replica of tank cars that ran on the D&RGW railroad, it still looks ‘believable’. I hope more road numbers will become available for the D&RGW ‘Gramps’ design, so I can get a nice rake of these tankers to run behind my Rio Grande ‘Mogul’ locomotive.
- Scale: not specified by manufacturer
- Length (over body): 368,5 mm
- Height (top to deck): 114,5 mm
- Height (deck to rail): 43 mm
- Width (maximum): 106,5 mm
- Diameter (tank): 83 mm
- Diameter (dome): 51 mm
- Distance between trucks: 252 mm
- Axle distance trucks: 55,5 mm
- Weight: 630 g
Measurements are my own. I always try to measure as accurate as possible, but sometimes it’s quite difficult. Cannot guarantee 100% accurateness.
Links & Downloads:
- Spare parts – PIKO G 38711 Tank Car D&RGW (PDF – 278 KB)
- Website – DRGW.net – Gramps Oil (external link)