05/02/201430/06/2021.

OCEM travelling post office LS Models

OCEM PAz travelling post office

Photo Loco Revue.

LS Models 40413-1 and 40421-3

Type

OCEM 26/29 type PAz travelling post office for mail sorting

UIC number Revision date
50 87 00-47 148-7 2 6.5.70
50 87 00-77 206-6 ? ?

123 g (NEM: 99 to 129 g)

Item No. 40413-1: very fine (roof handrails, buffers, etc.). Brass bearings, and even if the bogie inner side beams “rebel” a little, the wheels turn without rubbing. No difficulty to replace deployed bellows with folded ones, the first being not glued.

Delivered with a small trolley with mailbags, which could be rather yellow than burgundy (the PTT having adopted the yellow for their road vehicles far before doing so for the wagons).

Still the same problem of NEM box too narrow. In fact, the thickness of the tail of provided standard couplings is 1.4 mm, while the Fleischmann Profi are 1.65, and the NEM 362 imposes 1.75−0.05 for the inside height of the box!

Item No. 40421-3: fitted with Y24 bogies and unified buffers, some of which are askew. I didn’t know that OCEM Paz had received such buffers. Apart from that, this van is identical to the previous one. There is no longer any problem inserting the couplings, and the heads can be set in two positions: one fully depressed, the other 2 mm apart.

One footstep is deformed because it is incorrectly mounted.

Quite a few spare parts are supplied: two buffers, a jumper, two bellows, etc. Photo.Spare parts

Do not rely on the photos above to compare the colours of the two models. They were taken under very different lighting conditions, with different cameras. Here is a photo showing the two together for comparison. You can see that the shades are very close.Comparison between the two versions

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Modifications (item 40413-1)

Item No. 40413-1

  • Drawbar boxes mangled to accept a coupling.
  • Steps, buffers, infrastructure, brake blocks painted.

Item No. 40421-3

  • Buffers straightened by reducing their tenon.

The 21 m OCEM 26/29 PAz (travelling Post Office) cars were built in 328 units from 1927 to 1930 by Franco-Belge and Carel & Fouché. They are equipped with Y2 bogies.

UIC numbers: 50 87 00-47 101-6 to 455-6

Postmen were on board and sorted the mail contained in the mail bags during the train travel.

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OCEM PAz travelling post office

Photo Loco Revue.

1:87
21 570 247.9 248.0
20 280 233.1
2 912 33.5 33.8
4 068 46.8 47.0
14 680 168.7 168.4
(Y2) 2 500 28.7 28.8
(Y24) 2 300 26.4 26.2
920 10.6 10.6

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