DEV stainless steel A9 Jouef

A9 DEV inox 1956

Photo Coll. Coudert / Le Train.

Jouef HJ4081


A9 DEV inox (stainless steel) U56

UIC number Revision date
51 87 19-87 059-5 3 15.1.75

162 g (NEM: 115 to 150 g)

No surprise, it’s similar to the brand’s DEV AO, but here the door panes are flush. The interior, unpainted, is uniformly cream-white. Spring buffers, which therefore easily get crooked. There is a gap of 2 mm between the bellows with another DEV HJ. The drawbars should therefore be moved back 1 mm.

The wheels, very bright, have a diameter of 10.25 mm, for 10.6 to scale. They are all isolated from the axis. The axle lenght is 24.3 mm.

The car is too high by at least 0.5 mm. Beware of the bosses on the bogies, under the drawbars, whose utility is not obvious, and could lean against the chassis.

An accessory bag containing four buffers, four steps, nine vents is supplied!

It’s still expensive compared to LS Models and even to Roco.

Other existing cars to make a Paris-Lille fast train in the 1970s:

  • Rivarossi 3584 : A9tj
  • Rivarossi 3586 : A5rtj
  • HJ4042 : A9j + A5rtj + B10j



  • Wheels, bogie flanks, buffers, and interior fittings painted. Passengers installed (glued with Pattex 100%).
  • Bogie pivots and chassis clips thinned to make disassembly less difficult. Body mortises for roof clipping elongated so that the roof can be removed by sliding. Lowering of the chassis by 0.5 mm by milling the bogie pivots.
  • Lighting by conductive bearings, controlled by bistable reed switch. Since then, this reed has been moved over the toilet.
DEV inox car equipped with a bistable reed switch

This is one of the 79 U56 to U58 cars No. 51 87 19-87 005 to 083 put into service from 1957. The Jouef model was in the Western Region in 1970 (source Le Train, Les archives de la DEV, p 83). The original bogies are Y20H, often later replaced by Y24Z.

Cars belonging to the Nord Region in 1978 :

Type UIC number
A9 U56 51 87 19-87 001-7 to 016-5
A9 U57 51 87 19-87 024-9 et 025-6

Note: the Paris-Lille “telephone” fast trains were also composed of A9tj cars with central corridor allowing on-site dining, as in future TEE PBA cars. Typical composition: three or four A9j, one A5rtj (bar + telephone), one A9tj, one A6rtj (dining-car), one A9tj, and one Dd4s luggage car.

Since there is currently no central-corridor car model, the car in question will become part of a Night Ferry or Flèche d’Or (Golden Arrow).


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A9 DEV inox 1956

Photo Coll. Coudert / Le Train.

Dimension Actual 1:87 Model
Overall length 25 094 288.4 288.0
Chassis length 24 036 276.3
Body width 2 887 33.2 33.4
Height 3 880 44.6 44.9 1
Pivot distance 17 000 195.4 196.3
Bogie wheelbase (Y20) 2 400 27.6 26.0
Wheel diameter 920 10.6 10.3
  1. After lowering of 0.5 mm