Published: 1 November 2011
Latest update: 9 June 2016
- Manufacturer: PIKO
- Article Numbers: 37600, 37601, 37602
- Year of Introduction: 2009
- MSRP (2009): € 105,00
37600 Umbau Coach B3yg, 2nd Class, DB IV
37601 Umbau Coach AB3yg, 1st/2nd Class, DB IV
37602 Umbau Combine BD3yg, 2nd Class, DB IV
Other ‘Umbau’ coaches available in the past & present:
- 37603 Umbau Coach ‘Jägermeister’, 2nd Class, DB IV
- 37604 Umbau Coach ‘Deutsche Weinstrasse’, 2nd Class, DB IV
- 37605 Umbau Coach ‘Bahnbaugruppe’, DB AG VI
- 37606 Umbau Coach ‘Bahnbaugruppe’, DB AG VI
- 37607 Umbau Combine BD3yg, 2nd Class, DB IV, blue/beige
- 37608 Umbau Coach B3yg, 2nd Class, DB IV, blue/beige
First up is the #37600 second class coach.
A first glimpse.
Three-axle coaches always look a bit odd, but I really like their unusual wheel arrangement.
The second class coach has seven windows.
The ‘rubber’ bellows are plastic, and look a bit cheap because they’re so shiny.
There’s a tiny red lense at both sides of the bellow, which can be used to equip the coach with red tail lights.
The doors cannot be opened (but who cares?). The handrails and door steps could do with a different (darker?) colour. A bit of weathering would improve their looks significantly.
The second class coach carries road number ‘86131Stg’.
Sharp lettering, very nice.
Some nice details on the frame.
One side of the coach features a toilet compartment, with ‘frosted glass’.
The roof looks good as well. A nice dark grey colour.
Wait what, is there nothing negative to say about this coach? Yep, there’s a negative… The coupler sticks out quite a bit, so coupling two coaches together looks a bit silly with the large gap between the two coaches. If you have larger radius curves on your layout, you should definitely consider short coupling these coaches!
Designing a three-axle coach is always a challenge, as it’s rather unstable by nature. PIKO developed a clever solution. The center axle can move sideways, and has a reasonable amount of vertical flexibility. To stay properly aligned to the outer wheels, the center wheel assembly is guided by two ‘arms’ from the outer axles. Brilliant.
The coach looks great, but I immediately added metal wheels and S-KuPLiX couplers to improve the looks and running characteristics.
Here’s the #37601 1st / 2nd class coach:
The 1st / 2nd class coach carries road number ‘37151Stg’.
Notice the difference in window spacing between the second and first class compartment.
Finally: the #37602 second class combine.
The combine carries road number ‘99277Stg’.
The doors do not open (but again, who cares?).
The Umbau coaches are great models. Well proportioned, nicely detailed and they run well.
[Update 2015] For a few years now, I’ve run these coaches on some very poorly laid track without issues. Three-axle coaches are more unstable by nature, but PIKO really did everything they could to get them to run as best as they possibly can. Hats off.
Links & Downloads:
- Website – Wikipedia – Umbauwagen (external link)