Roco CSD T478.3082 item #36263

Roco CSD T478.3082 item #36263

Postby CSD » Wed Jan 26, 2011 7:41 pm

This is a model of one of the most popular locomotives of the CSD (Czechoslovakian State Railway).

Lighting reverses with direction

Digital sound decoder comes pre-installed and features specially recorded sounds.

Operation is smooth and even, typical of Roco products.

Comes with Roco style couplers (which are actually pretty good), but can be changed for Tillig ones.

A bag of separately applied detail parts is included.

Instructions are in several languages.

Some reviews of this model have pointed out some flaws, but mine is not bad at all. The internal wiring is tucked away neatly, paint is crisp and opaque and the gaps between parts are acceptable. There are some nice touches such as the see through vents, roof cooler and internal details.

Personally I couldn't be happier to have something that is NOT a repainted German locomotive in my CSD fleet. The distinctive look of this locomotive makes it a must have.
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Re: Roco CSD T478.3082 item #36263

Postby CSD » Wed Jan 26, 2011 7:42 pm

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Re: Roco CSD T478.3082 item #36263

Postby TT-SouthAfrica » Thu Jan 27, 2011 3:48 pm

I'm not very familiar with non-german locomotives or Some South African ones at that, yet i find the shape of the loco to be pretty odd. Almost as though the loco was modified with the "Diving Goggles" afterwards, Can imagine this to have not been very economical for those owning these types of locomotives.
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Re: Roco CSD T478.3082 item #36263

Postby ConducTTor » Thu Jan 27, 2011 10:48 pm

I'm actually also interested to know what the deal with the goggles is. I assume there was an initial design and then it was found that there isn't enough space for the engineer or the windshield needs to change due to glare or both.
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Re: Roco CSD T478.3082 item #36263

Postby JBr » Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:00 am

No, the goggles are there from the beginning and are part of the original design. This loco comes from the times when loco design was still more about art than other things. Locos were more than just a box on wheels (as are the most of the current ones), they had a distinct "personality". The final design was appreciated by many design experts and even won some trophies. The same applies to Laminatka (http://trainweb.cz/rada/230 + http://trainweb.cz/rada/240).
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Re: Roco CSD T478.3082 item #36263

Postby scaro » Sat Jan 29, 2011 5:50 am

JBr wrote:No, the goggles are there from the beginning and are part of the original design. This loco comes from the times when loco design was still more about art than other things. Locos were more than just a box on wheels (as are the most of the current ones), they had a distinct "personality". The final design was appreciated by many design experts and even won some trophies. The same applies to Laminatka (http://trainweb.cz/rada/230 + http://trainweb.cz/rada/240).


the goggles and the other are nice designs. they say 'distinctively czech'... you know where they are from instantly

these british expat designs in western australia had personality, though they didn't win any awards ...

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many had doors in the nose to facilitate movement between cabs when working in multiple.

http://www.westonlangford.com/images/photo/115071/

the sheen of oil down the side was an unintended side feature of their 'personality', which could be a bit troublesome.

http://westonlangford.com/media/photos/115070.jpg

being in essence a 4-8-4 or 2-D-2, they were light on their feet and therefore good on passenger and lightly laid branches.

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Re: Roco CSD T478.3082 item #36263

Postby CSD » Tue Feb 01, 2011 2:41 pm

The odd ball looking ones do tend to develop a certain charm, don't they. Back on topic of the T478.3. In addition to having won design awards, CKD locomotives of this period were also considered to be technically advanced and very modern.
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Re: Roco CSD T478.3082 item #36263

Postby CSD » Tue Feb 01, 2011 2:48 pm

Just dug up a couple pictures of this locomotive.

How she looked in 1972:
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Re: Roco CSD T478.3082 item #36263

Postby Valeriy (M 1978) » Fri Feb 04, 2011 6:06 pm

I really like the design of this diesel locomotive. I wish it would have been exported to USSR.
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