SNCB M2 car Märklin

SNCB M2 car

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Brand - Reference

Märklin 43530

Type

SNCB M2 cars for domestic service.

Type Number Revision date
B 42.307 27.9.61
B 42.648 17.2.62
AB 43.218 22.3.62
BD 49.251 12.6.62

Mass

146 g (NEM : 110 to 143 g)

Comments

Set of four M2 cars in original green livery: an A5B5 mixed car, two B11 cars and a B8D mixed car. Product released in 2001.

The box is huge (640 × 175 mm): not easy to ship or store! It reminds me of a certain EAD 1st generation!Märklin box

Appearance very correct. Wheels burnished. The train set is delivered with four folded bellows for non-coupled end. These bellows are easily interchangeable, unlike those of other manufacturers. One annoying detail, however, and common with Märklin, is the upward shift of the buffer heads so as not to interfere with the couplings. No electric heating cables.

The respect of the scale is very good, except for the width and the height a little too small. But these cars run only in a homogeneous set; this little defect will not be visible.

The cars are too heavy, but the ballast of 45 g, not glued, will be easy to reduce if needed. Warning: the bogies don’t have a 3-point suspension. They are articulated only on the y-axis (perpendicular to the symmetry plane). They don’t have brass bearings. Anyway, the wheel sets will be changed for isolated models complying with the NEM 310 standard (Märklin 70 0580, probably no more available today).

Disassembly is very easy: just remove the bellows and spread the body bottom a little. We discover a slightly rustic interior, green in 2nd class and red in 1st. The luggage part is cream. Attention: when reassembling, glazings, not glued, tend to escape. You’ll have to verify that they are well engaged in the small pins located at the top.

Modifications

  • Replacement of axles (insulated, NEM compliant).
  • Folded bellows at the ends of the train, side 1st class of the AB car and side luggage of the BD car.

History

Series of 612 cars built between 1958 and 1960 for the SNCB by La Brugeoise and Nivelles. Weight: 33 t; maximum speed: 140 km/h; bogies Schlieren. They were used on the internal lines of Belgium, with incursions into the neighbouring countries: France (Lille), the Netherlands (Maastricht), and Luxembourg.

From 1977, some train sets were equipped for push-pull service with BD cars equipped with a driving cab.

At the middle of their career (1980), these cars received a red livery with white horizontal stripes. They were cancelled in 2004.

Example of a train to be reproduced in the 1970s: Express 2706, 2720 Brussels Midi - Lille, with a Diesel Series 51 or 62 — here, the 6321 Van Biervliet — (source: Ferrovissime No. 60 of May 2013).Train of M2 cars

Documents

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SNCB M2 car

Photo 15038 on flickr.

Dimension Actual 1:87 Model
Overall length 24 000 275.9 276.3
Chassis length 22 700 260.9 261.0
Body width 3 098 35.6 35.1
Height 3 774 43.4 42.8
Pivot distance 15 300 175.9 175.7
Bogie wheelbase 2 700 31.0 30.9
Wheel diameter 900 10.3 10.3
Detail of the cars, for the diagrams reproduced by Märklin, according to lijn58.be:
Type SNCB No. UIC No. Qty
B11 42 301 to 650 50 88 20 38/48 601 to 950 350
A5B5 43 201 to 304 50 88 39 48 601 to 704 104
B8D 49 201 to 316 50 88 82 38/48 601 to 716 116

Axle with plain wheels 1-side isolation.
Diameter 10.4 mm - 24.4 mm between tips,
€1,76 — price 2018
ref. LU-NEM-10,4-24,40S at micro-modele