Vru dining car LS Models

DEV dining car

Photo Lothar Behlau on wagonslits.de.

LS Models 40346


DEV 62 type Vru dining car.

UIC number Revision date
51 87 88-80 016-8 4 10.1.74
Home base : Paris-Masséna

141 g (NEM: 113 to 146 g)

What strikes me first is the red colour which seems too dark to me. I don’t have personal memories of these cars, but on all the pictures seen, this red is clearer and is close to that of the “Gril Express” of the same brand.

Then, looking at the ends, I realize that the colour is a little lighter on the roof than on the body.

The frame of the door windows is much too thick and metallic colour, so even more visible. Here too, the “Gril Express” was better. The small handrails next to the doors are still not inserted, as do REE on their however less expensive UIC cars.

Nevertheless, this coach is much better than the Roco.

There is no jamming of drawbar nor difficulty to insert a coupling head, as it may have been the case on previous productions. There is also no significant difference in height between the ends, this height being, however, too low of 0.5 mm.

Here are some comparative photos with other cars.

  • with the “Gril Express” LS Models (ref. 40150) Comparison with the “Gril Express” LS Models
  • with the Vru Roco (ref. 45210.1) Comparaison with the Vru Roco
  • with a UIC A9 REE (ref. VB-099-2) Comparaison with a A9 UIC REE


Coaches made in 42 units by CIMT-Lorraine and Brissonneau & Lotz, delivered between 1966 and 1968, numbered 61 87 88-70 001-0 to 042-4.

General dimensions are identical to UIC Y cars. Bogies Y 26C. Speed ​​limit 160 km/h (200 km/h for three units assigned to the train “Le Capitole”). Mass in running order: 48 t. 52-seat dining room. These cars were autonomous thanks to their generator, and they had air conditioning (Stone Carrier).

Different liveries were successively applied (images from mlgtraffic):

  • red with horizontal white and vertical grey stripes around the windows; First Vru DEV livery
  • red “Capitole” with a broad off-white stripe under the windows; Second Vru DEV livery
  • red and metallic grey (the current coach’s) related to C160 livery (“garrigue” green and metallic grey); Third Vru DEV livery
  • red and cement grey; Fourth Vru DEV livery
  • Corail. Fifth Vru DEV livery

Note: the name DEV 66 is often used for these cars; this is their delivery date. But, according to La Vie du Rail at the time, it’s indeed the type 1962.

Incidentally, one of these cars was installed in the coach park of the secondary school where I spent most of my career (Paul Eluard in St Denis) in the 1990s, to become a … restaurant, under the name of Rail d’Ouessant.Vru DEV in St Denis Painted in turquoise, it serves as a training centre for tableware, and, therefore, only works at lunch and except during school holidays.


  • The type 1962 dining cars in La Vie du Rail No. 1093 of 23 April 1967 (article entitled Visite à l’usine de la C.I.M.T. Lorraine à Lunéville — Visit to the C.I.M.T. Lorraine factory in Lunéville).
  • Loco-Revue sheet No. 178 / 67c15 (former series).
  • La Vie du Rail No. 1706 of 26 August 1979: Voitures restaurant rouges VRU.
  • Loco-Revue No. 564 of November 1993 (release of the Roco model?).
  • Wikipedia article.
  • trains-europe.fr website.
  • wagonslits.de website.
  • LS Models instruction leaflet.

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DEV dining car

Photo Lothar Behlau on wagonslits.de.

24 500 281.6 282.0
24 120 277.2 277.0
23 200 266.7 267.0
2 880 33.1 33.6
4 050 46.6 46.1 1
17 200 197.7 197.4
(Y26) 2 500 28.7 29.2
920 10.6 10.6
  1. Or 46.2 depending on the end.