Express Nord B5Dt LS Models

Express Nord B5D

Photo J.-P. Dumont.

Brand - Reference

LS Models 40329-1 (A3B4 ex-A7), 40329-2 (B9), 40329-3 (B5D), 40330-3 (B4D), 40331-1 (A3B4), 40331-2 (B9).

Type

A3B4 ex-A7, A3B4, B9t, B4Dt, B5Dt Express Nord

UIC number Revision
50 87 37-17 010-2 2 (A3B4 ex-A7) 12.9.77
Home: Lille ; 120 km/h
50 87 37-17 011-0 2 (A3B4) 13.5.76
Home: Lille ; 120 km/h
50 87 29-47 807-5 2 (B9t) 25.2.70
Home: Lille ; 140 km/h
50 87 29-47 801-8 2 (B9t) 22.8.78
Home: Boulogne ; 140 km/h
50 87 82-17 474-4 2 (B4Dt) 14.10.75
Home: Boulogne ; 120 km/h
50 87 82-07 493-6 2 (B5Dt) 22.4.78
Home: Lille ; 120 km/h

Mass

116 to 124 g (NEM : 96 to 125 g)

Comments

Very nice cars. The junction body-roof is visible, but discreet and regular. One detail comes to spoil the good impression, it is the too great width and the little discretion of the (many) steps. Indeed, their width reduced to 1:1 is more than 3.2 m, for a UIC gauge of 3.15 m! This widening is probably explained by the need for inscription in curves.

The realization of these cars still requires a hat trick, when you see the multitude of railings and accessories mounted.

The engraving of axle boxes is remarkable: there is not only the acronym Athermos, but the name the manufacturer below!

For once, LS Models has not been stingy in spare parts. We find not only detail parts: brake couplings, heating hoses, etc., but also and especially replacement parts: folded bellows, steps (that’s good!), aerators, handrails, buffers. Bravo!

This time, the Fleischmann Profi couplings can be easily mounted in the NEM body, forcing a little. On the other hand, I noticed derailments in large radius curve due to too tight buffers, whereas the passage in the same curve is normally with a space of about 0.5 mm between buffers. I suspect a random blocking of some drawbars in their guide.

Apart from the B11tz (ex C11) type treated on next page, all the other diagrams of Express Nord cars were in low numbers. I wonder why LS Models has proposed two B9 for seven real units! They would have done better to replace one with a B11. Or at least, in addition to the B11, only issue a very typical B5D.

There are some contradictions of UIC numbers with the document opposite (source: Ferrovissime 73).

Moreover, I did not find any picture of these rare cars.

See:

History

Cars manufactured from 1927 to 1936 for the Compagnie du Nord. See table opposite. Radiated between 1977 and 1980. Mass about 48 t.

Documents

Express Nord A3B4 ex-A7 LS ModelsExpress Nord A3B4 ex-A7 LS Models

Express Nord A3B4 LS ModelsExpress Nord A3B4 LS Models

Express Nord B9 LS ModelsExpress Nord B9 LS Models

Express Nord B4Dt LS ModelsExpress Nord B4Dt LS Models

Express Nord B5Dt LS ModelsExpress Nord B5Dt LS Models

Express Nord B5D

Photo J.-P. Dumont.

Dimension Actual 1:87 Model
Longueur H. T. 20 850 239.7 240.0
Chassis length 19 500 224.1 225.0
Body width 2 860 32.9 33.2
Width at steps 3 050 35.,1 36.8
Height 4 000 46.0 46.1
Pivot distance 14 000 160.9 151.0
Bogie wheelbase 2 500 28.7 29.3
Wheel diameter 920 10.6 10.5
Table of registrations according to Ferrovissime
Type SNCF No. UIC No. (50 87) Number
A7 2490 to 99 37 17 005 to 014 10
A3B4 2801 to 04 37 17 001 to 004 4
B9t 24933 to 39 29 47 801 to 807 7
B4Dt 25121 to 28 82 17 473 to 480 8
B5Dt 25101 to 13 82 17 481 to 493 13