B<sup>9½</sup>tz Est De Massini

B9½tz Romilly

Anonymous photo on trains-en-vadrouille.com.

Brand - Reference

De Massini V 1005

Type

Bt modernized Est car nicknamed “Romilly”.

UIC number Revision date
50 87 29-17 263-7 1 2.9.79

Mass

92 g (NEM: 87 to 113 g)

Comments

The brand is De Massini, but the underbody is also signed LS Models, as well as the box.

Y2 bogies. I would have preferred at least one car on “wagon-lits” bogies.

Bogies, buffers and gangways are made of bright material which must absolutely be painted. The inner bogie beams rebel like on the LS Models cars and rub on the wheels.

For intervention on interior fittings, see for example:

As for the curtains, I found various information on their colour — grey or brown, but this photo of J.-P. Lescat found on RailFanEurope shows at least one red curtain!

See the Loco Revue forum.

Modifications

  • Buffer glued, guard rails, steps, dynamo belt, electric heating cables mounted. Interior bogie beams glued.
  • Brass bearings for current pickup, installation of lighting and lanterns controlled by bistable reed switch.
  • Seats painted. Interior walls and partitions made of ivory coloured paper. Bogies, axles, buffers and platforms painted. Gangway handrails remade in metal.

History

These cars come from the metallization between 1957 and 1962 of 676 old TY cars built from 1907 to 1923 for most of the old railway companies. This work was carried out in the SNCF workshops in Romilly (among others), hence the nickname attributed to these cars. They were originally equipped with “wagon-lits” bogies (photo), but some were later equipped with Pennsylvania Y2 or Y16 bogies. Service withdrawal between 1978 and 1985.

Documents

  • Loco-Revue No. 512 (02/89) p. 146.
  • Loco-Revue Special Issue 2005-01, p. 38.
  • Wikipedia article.

B<sup>9½</sup>tz Est De MassiniB<sup>9½</sup>tz Est De Massini

B9½tz Romilly

Anonymous photo on trains-en-vadrouille.com.

Dimension Actual 1:87 Model
Overall length 19 280 221.6 221.0
Chassis length 17 950 206.3 205.7
Body width 2 958 34.0 34.1
Height 3 945 45.3 45.2
Pivot distance 12 100 139.1 138.8
Bogie wheelbase (Y2) 2 500 28.7 28.3
Wheel diameter 920 10.6 10.6