G4 covered wagon Piko

Gs 4.02 covered wagon

Photo Anton Kendall on tosh-railways.com.

Brand - Reference

Piko 96628

Type

UIC Standard II-type Gs 4.02

UIC number Revision date
01 87 123 2 763-6 31.5.93

Mass

56 g (NEM: 49 to 63 g).

Comments

Contradiction between registration (before 1980) and revision date. Very bare in comparison with the Electrotren model. No inserted parts, not even the shutters, but the buffer handles are present! The body is held by four lugs located above and at the rear of the guard plates. I placed pieces of extruded polystyrene into the body to reduce its resonance.

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.

Photo opposite of Anton Kendall's tosh-railways.com website.

The most apparent differences between types G4.01 and G4.02 appear to be:

  • 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) doesn’t seem to be 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.

G4 covered wagon PikoG4 covered wagon Piko

Gs 4.02 covered wagon

Photo Anton Kendall on tosh-railways.com.

Dimension Actual 1:87 Model
Overall length 10 580 121.6 122.0
Chassis length 9 340 107.4 107.4
Body width 2 800 32.2 31.6
Height 4 010 46.1 45.5
Wheelbase 5 700 65.5 65.4
Wheel diameter 1 000 11.5 11.4