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Piko G 2016 New Items

Pat Pettett

PAT PETTETT looks at what is due for release in 2016 from Piko in G Scale.

Once again Piko are expanding their G Scale range – here we take a look at the new items for the year!

Starter Sets

Piko Starter Set

Two new starter sets are listed for this year, both using the small 4 wheel diesel tooling. Both sets feature analogue sound. First is PK37121:

Piko Starter Set

The second set, PK37126, has a black version of the loco along with red 4 wheel coaches:

Both sets include the standard circle of track and controller.

Re-Liveried Locomotives

Piko BR64 Locomotive

Moving on, we see the first re-livery of the BR64 tank loco, this year it wears OBB clothes (PK37212)

Piko BR24 Locomotive

Next up, we have a clever re-use of the tender tooling from the BR24 loco – a snowplough.

Whilst intended for "light" use, anyone looking to push this into proper winter service will find there is plenty of room inside the body for adding weight, and the code number is PK37820

Rolling Stock

Piko Cement Wagon

Moving on to rolling stock, two versions of the cement wagons are initially offered, one in DR livery and the second from GATX.

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G Scale Vehicle

Moving over to US outline, there is a massive new selection for this year! Many wagons are now supplied complete with loads. First we have PK38722 and PK38723, both including diecast vehicles:

Piko Wagon with Pipe Load

PK38724 is a bogie open wagon with pipe load.

Piko G Scale Horses

PK38725 is sure to be popular with younger modellers.

Piko G Scale Flat Wagons

PK38719 is a twin pack of flat cars in PRR livery is excellent value at £84.

Piko Wagon with Log Load
Piko Wagon with Log Load

Two versions of the flat car are now offered with log loads, PK38720 and PK38721.

Piko Wagon with Pipe Load
Piko Wagon with Pipe Load

If logs are a bit rural for you, how about something more civilised – PK38738 and PK38739 are pipe carriers:

Piko Sightseeing Wagon

PK38735 is in interesting beast, a Rio Grande sightseeing wagon – albeit a bit draughty!

BR132 Locomotive

We have saved the best until last, the new loco for this year is the BR132 diesel.

Piko BR132 Diesel

Originally built in the USSR from 1972 onwards, the BR132 was an evolution of the class 130 and 131 locos – these had been suitable for freight workings only, as they had no train heating capability. The 132 however was capable of hauling passenger workings, and they soon became the backbone of the DR loco fleet.

Piko BR132 Diesel

After reunification, the older classes 130 and 131 were soon withdrawn from service, and the class 132 became 232 to fit in with the DB numbering system. The class 232 is still in service, and hauls plenty of freight services in the western part of Germany.

Due to the poor condition of much of the DR network, the locos were limited to a maximum of 75mph. Over 700 were built, and today they can be seen all over Germany and even into the Netherlands. Many examples have now been modified and some are now owned by private companies – so there will be plenty more versions in the coming years!

Piko BR132 Diesel

But what of the model? The 132 has all the hallmarks of a top level G scale loco – the axles run on ball bearings to reduce friction and increase haulage capability, and are chrome plated for durability. Both bogies are powered, and headlights change over as the direction is changed – if running on a digital layout (with the PK36122 decoder fitted) then the high beam headlight can be controlled as well.

Conversion to digital running is straightforward, with four screws on the battery box between the bogies giving access to the recess for the decoder and sound unit (PK36226).

Piko BR132 Diesel

Room is also available inside for fitting a smoke generator to simulate the exhaust.

The model weighs in at an impressive 4.2 kilos, and Piko are also offering extra weight under number PK36320 if you need even more traction!

PK37580 DR BR132 Diesel Locomotive IV

A great addition to the G scale range, all I have to do now is sneak one past the domestic authorities...

I’ve got all the excuses ready!

"oh I’m just testing that one...."

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