VU A4B6 in C1 livery Roco

VU B6D in C1 livery Roco

VU B6D in C1 livery

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Brand - Reference

Roco 64001

Type

VU 75 A4B6u and B6Dd2 cars in C1 orange livery

Car UIC number Revision
A4B6u 61 87 30-70 068-8 2 2.4.80
B6Dd2 51 87 82-70 279-0 2 20.3.78

Mass

129 / 122 g (NEM: 121 to 158 g)

Comments

Appearance and respect of the scale very correct, except for the wheels (ø 11 instead of 10.2) and the height which is missing 0.6 mm, this will be accentuated with wheels of the correct diameter.

The body clearing at the bogies is increased for curve inscription. But it doesn’t show too much because the body bottom is dark grey between the bogies.

No handles, but they seem to be missing on some actual cars, as in the photo opposite.

The B6D car has a gaping flank.

The UIC beads, shown compressed, are mobile and dangle on the car, which is not very realistic!

Finally, there is too much space between the buffers and too much clearance in the drawbars (1.2 mm in alignment).

See:

Modifications

  • ø 10.4 wheels on insulated half-axles; body raised by 0.5 mm; interior lighting controlled by bistable reed switch and powered by conductive bearings.

History

These VU 75 cars are part of the first “Corail” 1 program, in 1975. They have the unusual feature in France of having 2nd class compartments 3-seat front. The orange C1 livery was applied to units on the Nord region to harmonize particularly with Belgian cars on the Paris - Brussels line. This livery was rather soon (mid-1980s) replaced with the “classic” Corail livery.

  1. Corail is an acronym for “Comfort on rail”, and a play on words with the French corail which means coral.

Characteristics specific to each car:

  • A4B6u : 75 units, air-conditioned.
    No. UIC 61 87 30-70 001-9 to 075-3.
  • B6Dd2 : 100 units, not air-conditioned.
    No. UIC 51 87 82-70 201-4 to 300-4.

Documents

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VU B6D in C1 livery

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Dimension Actual 1:87 Model
Overall length 26 400 303.4 303.0
Chassis length 25 100 288.5 288.5
Body width 2 825 32.5 33.0
Height 4 050 46.6 46.0 1
Pivot distance 19 000 218.4 218.2
Bogie wheelbase (Y32) 2 560 29.4 29.5
Wheel diameter 890 10.2 11.0 2
  1. 46.5 after raising.
  2. 10.4 after changing the wheels.