Dd2 Est metallized luggage van
|UIC number||Revision date|
|50 87 92-47 141-1 1||—|
113 g (NEM: 76 to 99 g)
Vehicle too short about 5 mm. In this regard, I don’t understand this obsession of shortening, which could be justified on a long car (to avoid excessive overhangs on curves too tight), but five unfortunate millimetres on a short car? Maybe it was in that time designers’ collective unconsciousness, impregnated by ultra-shortened Hornby toys, at the O gauge (I dare not say the scale!), of the 1930s to 1950s?
Hornby made the effort of switching to UIC numbering when it appeared, but they forgot to modify the painting that should have been completely green, including the roof and the ends.
In the 1970s, I had equipped this van with WL bogies with a tin frame and moulded flanks after those of Romilly Jouef. I have since reassembled the original bogies because the flanks of the WL were taking off (photo).
Decidedly, luggage vans are missing in the current industrial production (2016). Neither this one, nor the 2-axle Nord Dd2, nor the bogie Nord Dd4, nor the Sud-Est B4Dd, exist, while all these models (the Nord Dd4 to a lesser extent) were omnipresent in the Nord and in the Est in the years 1960-1980.
As a result, and for lack of anything better, I still use this van in my Nord-Est compositions.
These vans result from the metallization of old vehicles, carried out from 1951 to 1957 at the SNCF Romilly workshops and at the Société Lorraine des Anciens Établissements De Dietrich in Lunéville.
According to its number and EC64, the Hornby van is of Paris-Orléans, not Est, origin. This is a Dd2, i.e. without gangway. Does this mean that it should also be deprived of bellows (almost certain) and end gates (less certain)?
|Overall length||17 470||200.8||196 1,0|
|Chassis length||16 140||185.5||180.7|
|Body width||2 505||28.8||31.5|
|Pivot distance||10 700||123.0||115.5|
|Bogie wheelbase (WL or Y2)||2 500||28.7||28.2|
|Wheel diameter WL bogies||1050||12.1||—|
|Wheel diameter Y2 bogies||920||10.6||10.4 2|