Type UH sleeping car ACME

Voiture-Lits U Hansa

Photo (excerpt) Gunnar W. Christensen on tog-billeder.dk.

ACME 51009


Type U « Hansa » sleeping car in CIWL livery, DB management.

UIC number ex-CIWL Rev. date
71 80 71-80 756-1 4582 20.9.74

174 g (NEM: 115 to 150 g).

The model is finely represented, with a reservation on the glazing, which is not very flat; the truth is that the smallness of the windows doesn’t facilitate things, but the Roco is better in this respect. The underside is very detailed. Apart from the detail parts for the buffer beam, there are no parts to assemble.

One of the (photoetched) steps is a little crooked, which is obvious because it is not parallel to its neighbour above.

The roof, which is part of the body, is painted aluminium colour. A wheathering will be necessary.

Mechanically, it’s a bit of a mess. From the very first handling, I noticed a bad pivoting of the bogies. Even the two-point suspension is not possible. I dismantle the bogies by levering them with a screwdriver from the end of the coach (from the centre, it doesn’t give way and I didn’t insist). The pivot clips are deformed, and there are plastic burrs that explain the rubbing.

The running is also bad, and it’s not only due to the thick and inelastic pickup strips, like on the MU with MD bogies. With lubrication, it’s a little better, but the floating brake equipment, which is only attached at two points very close together and therefore tend to rotate, doesn’t help. No brass bearings.

The two-point suspension doesn’t work, as the relevant pivot is 0.27 mm higher than the supports. See picture.Problem of suspension

Axles: length 24.8; back-to-back wheel distance: 14.3 (NEM: 14.5 ± 0.1). Wheels (not burnished) ø11; flanges 0,8.

See gamos81.altervista.org for the reference list of issued UH sleeping car models.


  • Burrs on bogie pivots removed, clips softened.
  • Height reduction:
    • free pivot end: − 0.2 mm;
    • two-point support end: − 0.3 mm for the supports and − 0.5 mm  for the pivot.

Series of 40 sleeping cars built in 1957 for the CIWL by Hansa Waggonbau Bremen for the first 20 coaches, and by Waggon- und Maschinenbau Donauwörth (WMD) for the following coaches. Original numbers 4581 to 4620. The UIC numbers vary greatly depending on the owning administration, whether or not they are part of the TEN pool, the possibility of changing gauge, etc.

According to Pierre B. on the Loco-Revue forum (quote), coach no. 4620 was renumbered 4602 following the accidental destruction of the original 4602. This is confirmed by Dirk Frielingsdorf on the wagonslits.de forum (quote).

Sleeping car UH 4620 became sleeping car UH 4602 when the first sleeping car UH 4602 was written off due to an accident.

This is probably an accounting trick, in relation to the residual values. All these UH sleeping cars date from 1957. Like the other CIWL coaches, they are depreciated over 30 years. In the event of destruction by a railway, the CIWL could claim the residual value as compensation, which in the 1980s did not amount to much, hence a few such tricks. When exchanging one coach for another, the replacement coach took the book value of the replaced car.

Die UH-Serien lauten 4581-4600 (Hansa Waggonbau) und 4601-4620 (WMD), wobei die Nummer 4620 später (nach 1968?) für einen weiteren YC vergeben wurde, da der 4602 verunfallte und durch den 4602 II (ex 4620) ersetzt wurde.

The UH series is 4581-4600 (Hansa Waggonbau) and 4601-4620 (WMD), the number 4620 being later (after 1968?) attributed to another YC, as the 4602 had an accident and was replaced by the 4602 II (ex 4620).

Main characteristics: 11 compartments that can be arranged as single, double, or triple. Bogies Minden. Tare weight 47.5 t.


Type UH sleeping car ACMEType UH sleeping car ACME

Type UH sleeping car ACMEType UH sleeping car ACME

Type U Hansa sleeping car

Photo (excerpt) Gunnar W. Christensen on tog-billeder.dk.

25 100 288.5 290,0
24 740 284.4 285,0
24 060 276.6 277,0
2 890 33.2 34.4
4 250 48.9 49.5 1
17 000 195.4 195,0
2 500 28.7 28.7
1 000 11.5 11.0
  1. Average : 49.65 at the 2-point suspension end ; 49.45 at the other end.
    48.9 after reduction of pivots and supports.


TEN = Trans Euro Night,
pooling of sleeping cars from different European administrations.