Dd2f Nord MMM/RG

Dd2 Nord luggage van

Photo J.-Pierre Dumont on tyrphon-trains.fr.

MMM/RG 310


Dd2f (ferry) Nord luggage van

UIC number Revision date
56 87 93-17 874-6 2 Empty table

74 g (after ballasting) (NEM: 55 to 72 g)

The two central plus one end steps broken. They are stored in the box. Brake blocks are missing on one wheel. Axle bearings fall into dust. A guard plate is cracked and breaks.

Buffer height too high by at least 1 mm. The suspensions also contribute to the exaggerated height of the van.

Windows inserted by me on one side.

Interchange code 56 concerns vans authorized in Great Britain. The MMM-RG van should have the anchor, as in the photo, and not outgoing steps.


  • Roco elongation couplings.
  • Axle boxes repaired, new axles mounted on brass bearings, windows inserted, ballast added. The new wheels are of a deliberately too small diameter, to slightly lower the height at the buffer level.
  • Roof fixing screws put back in place despite the presence of draw bars, by a fairly simple modification. Disadvantage: opening the roof requires the removal of the drawbars.

Quotation from AMF 87 website:

Two series of two-axle metal vans were built between 1928 and 1930 for the Nord Company, 180 Dd2 with brake cabin and central compartment and 90 Ed2 without brake cabin and without central compartment. In 1936, when the Night Ferry was created, 6 Dd2 and 20 Ed2 were adapted to the British gauge and safety rules. These vans enjoyed a long career both as long-distance international vans and as stopping train vans. The Dd2s lost their brake cabin from the mid-1950s. These vans ended their career in the late 1970s, but many of them were donated to the service fleet.

Comment by Ch. Dufresnoy, AMF 87)

These vans are for express and fast trains of Compagnie du Nord. The Ferry versions naturally circulated with the UK’s Night Ferry and were internationally fit, as well as their continental counterparts (very large workforce) that we saw on many French networks, in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany… The Nord did not have any other model of a luggage van built from 1920 to 1938, except for the few bogies Nord Rapide vans, so they are as representative as the OCEM or PLM vans.

In the 1950s, all trains departing from the Nord region to other regions or countries could have at least one or two such vans in addition to vans from other areas such as modernized Est or Sud-Est, or even at the beginning of the 50s their non-modernized counterparts, or OCEM 30 or 32…

See the Loco Revue forum.


Dd2f Nord MMM/RGDd2f Nord MMM/RG

Dd2 Nord luggage van

Photo J.-Pierre Dumont on tyrphon-trains.fr.

12 180 140.0 138.6
11 000 126.4 127.0
2 506 28.8 29.3
3 580 1 41.1 42.4 2
7 100 81.6 81.4
1 000 1 11.5 10.4 2
  1. Estimated.
  2. With new wheels.