Received my long awaited PIKO BR 24 (37222) loco last Friday, June 7. It arrived via UPS in its original shipping carton, which looked unscatched. Unfortunately, I heard something rattling inside while lifting it onto my staging area, the bed. Upon opening, alas, I found the engineer figure loose, with his seat and mounting post attached, but no broken parts. There were also some obvious small boiler detail parts afloat as well. There was also what I initially thought was a metal support bracket under the movable deck plate. This metal part turned out to be the drawbar bracket that attached to the tender multi-pin interface, upon which it swiveled to latch onto the corresponding loco interface, after they were connected. An extremely CRUCIAL part that was NOT mentioned in the English instructions, and was only shown in a small drawing in the back of the manual! Very disconcerting, as it initially appeared that the multi-pin interface was the ONLY drawbar, which of course was absurd. IF the instructions were clearer, it would have been less frustrating! Another perhaps more minor issue was the multiple detail parts that had to be attached by the owner, including two rather cantankerous smoke deflectors that had multiple attachment points, that all had to be inserted simultaneously! I still have two valve handles that have not yet been attached, and it was a bit of a puzzle to find the location of the previously mentioned loose detail parts. Finally, NO mention of tbe location of the smoke unit on/off switch was made in the instructions, and I only found it in a drawing in the back of the manual, which showed it under the removable tender water hatch! The GOOD NEWS about this unpacking debacle is that this engine is quite attractive, runs and smokes well, and pulls three LGB OBB 3062 passenger cars with ease! I have a call in to PIKO in San Diego to discuss these issues, in the hope of other customers avoiding my frustrations!
Just spoke with the PIKO rep in San Diego, and he was very receptive to my issues in unpacking my BR 24. He will convey my feedback to the factory, in the hopes of making some corrections in the manual and also the packing.
CONCLUSION: If the major parts that had became loose had perhaps been wrapped in separate plastic bags similar to the other add-on components, they would not have come loose in transit. Hopefully, my feedback to PIKO will result in some packaging modification. They certainly seemed appreciative of my input!
Overall, I am very pleased with this nicely detailed loco (lots of boiler piping and appliances) and its relatively large stainless steel-rimmed drive wheels. Its seven-pole can motor has much power for my needs! Scale is purportedly 1:26, but it appears to be somewhat larger than LGB's 1:22.5 locos! It is a model of a German standard gauge DR engine, and not a schmalspurbahn (narrow gauge) one, and that may be the reason.
Mark in Oregon
Here is a nice stock photo showing much boiler and driver details if you enlarge it. This BR 24 is 26" long and those drivers are almost 2" in diameter. One impressive engine!
Some detail shots:
Tinplate Art posted:
Some detail shots:
Looking good (Piko getting better?) !
FRED: Thank you for your kind compliments! My introduction to this engine was a little confounding as stated above, but I really am glad I got it!
Not sure whether the BR 24 smoke unit is wired for 5 volts or 22 volts? Presumably, the lower voltage operating unit would fare better without fluid? Guess another call to San Diego is in order!
The answer from PIKO USA in San Diego is a definitive 5 volt regulated unit, and it should not be adversely affected if not continuously filled with fluid, even though it has an on/off switch under the removable tender water hatch! YAY!
Looks nice, Art, what cars are you going tu use with it ?
Very best, Daniel
It should be noted that PIKO previously produced a somewhat different version of the BR 24, and it had smaller smoke deflectors as well as THREE headlights, to name a couple of noticeable differences. The newer 37222 version is also digital ready, yet as delivered is an analog engine. Once the digital sound and control components are added to the tender interior, the 37222 will ONLY operate as a digital engine.
DANIEL: Since I presently do not own any full-gauge German personnen wagens, I am pulling three LGB OBB 3062 coaches and an LGB 3019 postal/baggage wagen with lighted red marker lanterns. A nice short train for my small indoor loop. I also have two large (26") Rhb 2nd class coaches, but the Austrian (OBB) coaches seemed more appropriate than the Suise carriages.
I also have a number of two-axle LGB bier wagens that would make a nice consist. I would also hang the two-axle LGB postal/baggage van on the rear.