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Piko G Scale GE25T Locomotive

Craig Weatherley

CRAIG WEATHERLEY looks at this Piko G Scale locomotive which is available in various guises.

The German manufacturer Piko have been producing G Scale products for a while now, and have always given us the slightly more unusual locomotives and rolling stock from the norm. This product is definitely no exception, and given its usefulness it is a locomotive that every garden railway should have.

Piko G Scale Locomotive

How does it clean the track? - It cleans using small abrasive pads (available separately as PK35416) fitted onto the underside skids. These are sprung so that they slide across the rail when the locomotive moves forward or backwards.

How is it powered? - believe it or not, this locomotive is powered by 6 x AAA batteries which are located in an ingenious battery box inside the bonnet.

What is the size of the locomotive and what is the minimum radius it can run on? - the size of the 25-Ton locomotive is 300mm in length and can run on the minimum radius of 600mm.

Piko G Scale Locomotive Track Cleaner

As you can see, the track cleaner is weather resistant - like the rest of the Piko G Scale range.

How long does it run with a fully-charged battery pack? - This depends on the size of your railway and is dependant on inclines, but on a 50ft run with no inclines this locomotive should last approximately one and a half to two hours.

Do they do any other liveries? - There are two non-track cleaning versions; a blue bodied locomotive called 'Blue Goose' (PK38502) and a black version which is the American D&RGW livery (PK38500) for those modellers who are into American railroads. However don't make a mistake - these two are not track cleaners and they are standard DC running, not battery powered.

Piko G Scale Locomotive Starter Set

There is also a starter set containing the DC version of the GE25t in a fictitious 'Mighty Hauler' livery with two hopper wagons (PK37150), and this comes with everything you need to get started.

2019 New Items

Piko G Scale Locomotive Radio Controlled

Piko have recently announced for 2019 a battery radio-controlled version of the GE25t locomotive.

There is also a radio-controlled version of the cleaning locomotive due, which is available under part number PK38506.

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