Piko V90 Railion DB Logistics "294 826" (47261)

Piko V90 Railion DB Logistics "294 826" (47261)

Postby Dibbedabb » Thu Feb 28, 2013 7:05 pm

Originally announced for 2013, Piko was quicker than planned and started delivery of the new V90 model in the last days of 2012 - funnily in the "wrong" order: The era VI version class 294 should be first, the era IV version class 290 should be later - in fact it was the other way around.

Details on the original can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DB_Class_V_90
The original locomotive 294 826 left Henschel's factory in 1973, being delivered as 290 326 (Henschel 31595). So, the original has it's 40th birthday this year. A few years ago it got a new engine and was renumbered to 294 826, since 2007 it's 9880 3 294 826-3 D-DB.

So, how is the model? Piko changed the handrails compared to the era IV version, which is correct. Also correct is that it has a radio control antenna on the short hood, also in contrast to the 290. It has only one engine fan on the long hood, compared to the 2 engine fans on the 290 (in fact, the era IV loco 290 123 should also have only one fan, but there were other V90 with 2 fans...)

The model shows fine details and prints, but unfortunately lacks an automatic shunting coupler (Rangierkupplung RK900, see this link) - like the G1206. This is a modern feature on many shunting locos these days...
As with the G1206 the model has a real close coupler. It comes with the old BTTB coupling head.

The V90 has a nice warm white headlight and red backlight, changing with the direction. Obviously Piko is playing with different decoder connectors: The V90 now features a PluX16, after 8pin on the first models and 6pin on the G1206. Unfortunately Piko doesn't use the possibilities of a PluX16-decoder, such as shunting lights or red backlights being separately switched off. They obviously only want to sell their PluX16 decoder, which can be understood businesswise. Please don't buy it, it's way too expensive (more than 50 euros(!)). If you're driving on digital, you should dim the lights as they are very bright.

The boxes containing the lower lights are too thick, but that is due to production reasons... Could have been better (as you can see on the great Alphamodell signals)

The driving can be compared to the G1206, which is generally good, but could be better. It's a little jumpy, and although the loco has flywheels it stops the exact moment you cut power off.

As a conclusion the V90 is a good model and absolutely worth it's money...
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Re: Piko V90 Railion DB Logistics "294 826" (47261)

Postby Rich B » Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:22 pm

Nice looking model of a useful prototype, it's also good to read that Piko have taken into account detail variations- I wouldn't have expected that on a Hobby model. Now, can anyone find me pics of one on the Rübelandbahn? ;)
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Re: Piko V90 Railion DB Logistics "294 826" (47261)

Postby Dibbedabb » Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:46 pm

I guess this will be difficult... As far as I know the Rübelandbahn is classified as a steep railroad (Steilstrecke) with ramp sections up to 6%, and as far as I know the V90 (290 - 295) isn't approved for steep railroads. But hey, this is Hobby :thumbup:
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Re: Piko V90 Railion DB Logistics "294 826" (47261)

Postby ConducTTor » Fri Mar 01, 2013 1:13 pm

It can be used for switching at one of the various stations - just not on the route itself.
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Re: Piko V90 Railion DB Logistics "294 826" (47261)

Postby Dibbedabb » Fri Mar 01, 2013 6:42 pm

But if you already limit the usage of the loco to just a station, than you could only use it on the first station, Blankenburg. All other stations on the Rübelandbahn are too small to permanently deploy a V90, as it is made for heavy shunting and heavy local handovers.
I guess, if the stations had a local station loco, most of them would have been Köf locos. I would think, all other - bigger - locos including V60 (West and East) wouldn't have been stored permanently on such small stations... But as I said: It's Hobby :)
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Re: Piko V90 Railion DB Logistics "294 826" (47261)

Postby ConducTTor » Fri Mar 01, 2013 7:20 pm

Not only Blankenburg. There are a few industries that have (big) yards up in the "mountains".
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Postby ConducTTor » Fri Mar 01, 2013 7:28 pm

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Re: Piko V90 Railion DB Logistics "294 826" (47261)

Postby LVG1 » Sat Mar 02, 2013 9:57 am

Rich B wrote:Now, can anyone find me pics of one on the Rübelandbahn? ;)


As far as I know, East German V60 (series 344 ... 346) were the usual switcher type on Rübelandbahn as long as it was operated by DR and DB, respectively. I've never heart and consider it to be very unlikely that West German V90 (series 290, 291 and 294 ... 296) have ever been used there.
Now Rübelandbahn is operated by Havelländische Eisenbahn (hvle). They definitely don't have any locomotive of this type. I don't know, if there are small industrial railroads with own switchers. But however, V90 was delivered exclusively only to DB. And they do not have sold any of these locomotives, yet.
So a DB-operated line is the only thing where these locomotives can be used prototypically.


By the way:
The lettering of the locomotive is wrong.
The "D" of "DB" is underlined there. Prototypically only the separate "D" between number and "DB" should be underlined.
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Re: Piko V90 Railion DB Logistics "294 826" (47261)

Postby LVG1 » Sat Mar 02, 2013 10:47 am

LVG1 wrote:Prototypically only the separate "D" between number and "DB" should be underlined.


It's hardly discernable. But here's a photo of the prototype.
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Re: Piko V90 Railion DB Logistics "294 826" (47261)

Postby ConducTTor » Sat Mar 02, 2013 12:17 pm

LVG1 wrote:
Rich B wrote:Now, can anyone find me pics of one on the Rübelandbahn? ;)


As far as I know, East German V60 (series 344 ... 346) were the usual switcher type on Rübelandbahn as long as it was operated by DR and DB, respectively. I've never heart and consider it to be very unlikely that West German V90 (series 290, 291 and 294 ... 296) have ever been used ther.
Now Rübelandbahn is operated by Havelländische Eisenbahn (hvle). They definitely don't have any locomotive of this type. I don't know, if there are small industrial railroads with own switchers. But however, V90 was delivered exclusively only to DB. And they do not have sold any of these locomotives, yet.
So a DB-operated line is the only thing where these locomotives can be used prototypically.


By the way:
The lettering of the locomotive is wrong.
The "D" of "DB" is underlined there. Prototypically only the separate "D" between number and "DB" should be underlined.


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