19/05/2012.

Rapide Nord A4B4 LS Models

A4B4 Rapide Nord coach

Photo J.-P. Dumont on tyrphon-trains.fr.

LS Models 40192-3

Type

A4B4 Rapide Nord

UIC number Revision date
51 87 38-47 024-5 2 16.7.79

148 g (NEM: 103 to 134 g)

Model very finely engraved and extremely detailed. The inner walls are decorated with different colours depending on the class. There is a double roof in which the interior ceiling lights are even planned!

The coach is higher on one side than the other. It is due to the bosses of the 3-point suspension: the pivot should have been a little longer (0.5 mm approximately) to the dynamo side to compensate these bosses on the opposite side. Moreover, it is impossible to mount a standard tail coupling on the opposite side of the dynamo. These recurring defects concern the six Rapide Nord coaches in my possession.

LS Models gives no information on dismantling, unlike F-type sleeping coaches. See the Loco-Revue forum on this topic.

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Modifications

  • Drawbar mangled to accept a coupling. Body raised dynamo side by 0.5 mm thick plastic spacer. Toilet evacuation put in right place.
  • Steps painted with Humbrol mix “natural wood” No. 110 and “dark grey” No. 32.
  • Isolated half-axles (current pickup by brass bearings). Lighting controlled by bistable reed switch. See photo.
Voiture Nord en nocturne

Coaches made in 45 units.

These “Rapide” Nord coaches are externally characterized by the fact that the toilets are in the centre. In these composite coaches, there are two toilets, one per class.

Documents

Rapide Nord A4B4 LS ModelsRapide Nord A4B4 LS Models

A4B4 Rapide Nord coach

Photo J.-P. Dumont on tyrphon-trains.fr.

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22 350 256.9 256.5
21 000 241.4 241.5
2 900 33.3 33.3
4 000 46.0 46.1 1
15 500 178.2 178.3
2 500 28.7 28.8
920 10.6 10.6
  1. After correction. Before: 45.5 dynamo side to 46.1 opposite.