G4 covered wagon Electrotren

Gs 4.02 covered wagon

Photo Pierre Barbe on wagonmania.

Brand - Reference

Electrotren 1813K, 1821K et 1817K

Type

UIC Standard II-type Gs 4.02

UIC number Revision date
01 87 122 3 580-1 15.7.70
01 87 122 5 757-7 9.11.69
01 87 123 3 203-3 11.5.71

Mass

67 g (NEM: 49 to 63 g).

Comments

Very detailed: all railings and brake linkages are inserted. The end steps are in photo-etched metal, and there are even rivets fixing the steps on their supports. Only the buffer handles are missing.

Marking errors: for the 1970s, the sharing code Gs 40 of ref. 1813 and 1817 should be Gs 4. For ref. 1817, the self-checking digit should be 2, not 3.

The ref. 1821 correspond to the very beginning of the UIC numbering, where the number is in a frame. Moreover, it shows its former commercial designation K4 in the inscription frame, which will become G4.

The ref. 1817 was bought four years later at the same price: it is exceptional at a time when the prices have undergone a runaway inflation, sometimes up to 50% in two years!

See the Loco-Revue Forum on the G4 (many photos).

History

UIC Standard II-type built between 1959 and 1968 in 19,216 units. UIC Number 01 or 21 87 121 4 000 to 123 3 999. Former registration K or Kv or Kf 276 000 to 295 999.

The most apparent differences between types G4.01 and G4.02 are:

  • the position of the brake wheels (when they exist), at the end for the G4.01, to the middle for the G4.02;
  • the end stiffeners, of constant section for G4.01, of section decreasing from bottom to top for G4.02;
  • the end steps, arranged diagonally for the G4.01, on the same side for the G4.02.

Whether the body is in wood planks or in “Permaplex” (plywood) is not a relevant criterion.

Documents

  • SNCF 1973 booklet Wagons à marchan­dises, p. 30. Caractéristiques.
  • Loco-Revue Special Issue Real Railways No. 2 (April 1999) p. 9, photo 20.
  • Ferrovissime Special Issue No. 7, p. 85 to 87.

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Gs 4.02 covered wagon

Photo Pierre Barbe on wagonmania.

Dimension Actual 1:87 Model
Overall length 10 580 121.6 122.0
Chassis length 9 340 107.4 107.1
Body width 2 800 32.2 32.0
Height 4 010 46.1 46.0
Wheelbase 5 700 65.5 65.8
Wheel diameter 1 000 11.5 11.4