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Offline 5HorizonsRR  
#1 Posted : 19 January 2022 18:21:19(UTC)
5HorizonsRR

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Hi all,

I'm hoping someone can help: I'm keen to buy a Piko Rbe 540 railcar in the blue and grey NPZ livery. As a basis the #96856 locomotive and cab control coach has my eye. The challenge I'm having is figuring out the part number(s) for the matching cars/car sets, and if any were even sold outside of Switzerland?

Does anyone know how or where I can look to find the cars which compose a set?
FS + SBB Era 2-5 and Vintage Marklin
Offline mario54i  
#2 Posted : 20 January 2022 12:45:49(UTC)
mario54i

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Joined: 28/03/2007(UTC)
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Location: Torino,
These Piko models for Swiss market at the beginning were available only in Switzerland, now you can find them also in other countries.
I found the 96780 and 96781 sets in Italy.
Now all EWI coaches in NPZ livery seem to be sold out everywhere, but sooner or later they will reappear.
Offline 5HorizonsRR  
#3 Posted : 20 January 2022 16:44:55(UTC)
5HorizonsRR

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Thanks Mario! That explains it...

I see you are in Torino, did you get your set from Artuffo? My family lives by the historic train depot (Ponte Mosca) down the street, so maybe I will try them ThumpUp
FS + SBB Era 2-5 and Vintage Marklin
Offline mike c  
#4 Posted : 20 January 2022 20:17:18(UTC)
mike c

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Location: Montreal, QC
Piko's American distributor is in San Diego. Perhaps you can call them to find out which (if any) can be ordered in America.
As far as the coaches to go with the RBe 540 and BDt, it depends on how you want to construct your train.
I have seen trains as short as RBe - AB - BDt and as long as RBe - B - A - B - B - A - B - RBe.

Short:
https://www.bahnbilder.d...del-bei-buerglen-tg.html
https://www.bahnbilder.d...del-bei-buerglen-tg.html

Long (RBe Sandwich - No BDt):
https://www.bahnbilder.d...-bei-hindelbank-der.html

but in reality, anything is possible:
https://www.bahnbilder.d...rlaesst-am-24042014.html

or even: https://www.bahnbilder.d...-540-038-7-kommt-im.html

Let me know how many coaches you would like and I can help you find a recommended dealer in Europe if you can't find it in USA.

Here is a complete list of the Piko EWI NPZ coaches for Arwico Switzerland:
96780 (AC) AB + B 2019
96781 (AC) A + B 2019
96784 (AC) B + B 2020
96785 (AC) AB + B 2020

AC wheelsets were available from the dealers for the 2019 models. For the 2020 models, they were available from Arwico with AC wheelsets, which was indicated by the letters AC after the model number on the box.

Regards

Mike C
Offline 5HorizonsRR  
#5 Posted : 20 January 2022 23:58:38(UTC)
5HorizonsRR

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Thanks Mike! That helps my suspicion they were switzerland-only...
FS + SBB Era 2-5 and Vintage Marklin
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