Bz UIC-X 1968 coach Rivarossi

FS Bz UIC-X 1968 coach

Coach No. 50 83 22-30 159. Anonymous photo on nparty.it.

Rivarossi HR4116


2nd class Bz UIC-X tipo 1968 coach of the Italian Railways (Ferrovie dello Stato) in grigio ardesia (slate grey) livery.

UIC number Revision date
51 83 22-70 282-1 4-3-76

181 g (NEM: 121 to 158 g)

Wheels dia. 10, all insulated. Equipped with lighting. Drawbars adjustable in two positions. Photoetched class figures as separate parts.

No electric heating cables, despite the presence of fixing holes (and these cables actually exist, of course). The drawbars have too much clearance in the elongation system (about 1 mm). The handrails are coarse and square instead of round or flat. The steps are too thick. The doors are too small; probably an approximation to use the mould of a more recent version.

The seats have two places twice, so four, while the UIC-X have seats of three places in second as in first class. Photo © Roberto Galati. Bz UIC-X 1968 coach, interior of compartiment

The lighting gives an orange light sodium-vapor-like; there are twelve LEDs centered on the compartments. The light intensity is much too strong. Consumption 190 mA.



  • WHeels painted. Drawbars shortened.
  • Lighting changed, controlled by reed switch (consumption: 3.2 mA at 15 V, i.e. 60 times less than originally!).
  • Body raised by 0.5 mm thick spacers.
  • Seats painted. Decoration of floors, walls and partitions (mirrors, pictures, lino in compartments, window frames).

Type 1968 coaches, built in 218 units and put into service between 1970 and 1972. The small white triangle on the body ends indicates that the coach is suitable for 3000 V electric heating.

An FS Bz coach was part of the “Flèche d’or” (Golden Arrow) Calais - Paris train in the 1970s (source: Ferrovissimo No. 11 on the CC 72000).

There was also such a coach along with an ABz in the Dunkirk - Basel train that I used to take in 1973 to go from Lille to Nancy.


Bz UIC-X 1968 coach RivarossiBz UIC-X 1968 coach Rivarossi

FS Bz UIC-X 1968 coach

Coach No. 50 83 22-30 159. Anonymous photo on nparty.it.

26 400 303.4 302.8
25 100 288.5 290.0
2 825 32.5 32.5
4 050 46.6 46.0 1
19 000 218.4 217.7
(MD) 2 500 28.7 28.4
940 10.8 10.1
  1. Before raising to 46.5 mm.