UH sleeping car Roco

U Hansa sleeping car

Photo Javier Aranguren 1969.

Roco 44846


U “Hansa” type sleeping car

UIC number ex-CIWL Rev. date
64 87 71-71 783-8 4593 22.4.82
Home base: Paris Masséna

180 g; 133 g after removing the ballast (NEM: 115 to 150 g).

See article on the Roco box Puerta del Sol in Loco-Revue No. 544 of January 1992, page 58 which contains the same car with the same UIC number!

Too low.

There are power pickup strips connected to the axle bearings. See on this subject DB cars equipped with the same device. To see more closely when I succeed into dismantling the body. The roof is disengaged by pulling up and not sliding as indicated in the instruction sheet.

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


  • Body raised by 0.8 mm by inserting washers on the bogie pivots.
  • Bogies, wheels, brake blocks, and roof painted. Axles with non-insulated wheels, isolated by the middle (sleeves). The painting of bogies enhances them, as can be seen on this picture.
  • Ballast (48 g) deleted.
Comparison between UH sleeping car without / with painted bogies

Car belonging to the series No. 4581 to 4620, built in 1957 by Hansa-Bremen. The Wagons-lits website gives the UIC number 64 87 71-81 783-6. The numbering difference concerns steam heating. It has probably been removed during the career, hence the transition from 8 to 7.

Note: the exchange code 64 in the UIC number means Variable gauge car from 1435 to 1672 by axle change, special regime, which is explained for a car intended to cross the Spanish border.


UH sleeping car RocoUH sleeping car Roco

U Hansa sleeping car

Photo Javier Aranguren 1969.

Dimension Actual 1:87 Model
Overall length 25 100 288.5 289.3
Chassis length 24 060 276.6 274.3
Body width 2 890 33.2 33.4
Height 4 250 48.9 48.2 1
Pivot distance 17 000 195.4 195.7
Bogie wheelbase 2 500 28.7 28.5
Wheel diameter 1 000 11.5 11.0
  1. 49.0 after raising.