26/08/2013.

DB Am203 coach Roco

DB Am203 coach

Photo Sven Manias on railfaneurope.net.

Roco 44753

Type

1st class A4üm Bauart 1962 (type 203) coach of the West Germany Railways (Deutsche Bundesbahn), in blue livery.

UIC number Revision date
51 80 10-70 015-2 20-10-85

170 g (NEM: 121 to 158 g)

Era IVb. Quality a bit below the DB ref 644xx Roco coaches, but it dates from 1990! Distinctly too low.

The roof is disassembled as follows: looking corridor side, pull the roof to the right forcing a little, because there is a slight snap on the left end. No need to completely remove the bellows.

The corridor wall, poorly maintained, leans and squirms. UIC bellows are not hollow. The axles rotate in metal bearings to power a lighting.

The markings are not very clear.

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Modifications

  • Corridor wall straightened by gluing on the compartment walls.
  • Body raised with 1 mm thick plastic spacers 1-point suspension side and 0.5 mm 2-point suspension side. Obtained height: 46.3 mm.
  • Decoration of floors and walls by printed and cut up paper.
  • Lighting controlled by bistable reed switch.

The Am203 are ex A4üm 203 of 1961 (Bauart 1962), made in 144 units. The group numbered 10-70 concerns coaches limited to 160 km/h.

Documents

DB Am203 coach RocoDB Am203 coach Roco

DB Am203 coach

Photo Sven Manias on railfaneurope.net.

Dimension Actual 1:87 Model
Overall length 26 400 303.4 303.8
Chassis length 25 100 288.5 288.5
Body width 2 825 32.5 32.5
Height 4 050 46.6 45.4 1
Pivot distance 19 000 218.4 218.0
Bogie wheelbase (MD) 2 500 28.7 28.6
Wheel diameter 1 000 (?) 11.5 11.0
  1. Average: from 45.6 to 2-point suspension side to 45.2 to the other side. Raised to 46.3.