Improving the
REE UIC coaches (1)

Original page created on 04/06/2023.

REE UIC B10 coach in C160 livery

REE UIC B10 coach in C160 livery.

Observation

The overall appearance is good. The only major flaw is the junction between the body and the roof, although it is less obvious than on previous DEV coaches. Fixing the roof with two screws seems rather outdated. It makes reassembly difficult, as the screws are difficult to reach and don’t centre automatically. On versions with C160 livery, the metal grey strip is badly positioned. See this page.

Other faults appear with use:

Dismantling

Removing the roof is not difficult (reassembling is!). It’s made easier by using a cross-headed screwdriver with the largest possible diameter (better guidance), i.e. 3 mm. The screws are located in housings under the bogies. Note: there are two holes side by side. One is empty and will be used for the power supply wires.

In the following photo, you can see this hole with a red wire running through it. The screw housing, not visible here, is symmetrical in relation to the drawbar return spring.

Wire hole through the chassis

Once the roof has been removed, a false ceiling is revealed, held in place by two mortises that engage with tenons attached to the interior fittings. This false ceiling has rectangular openings, obviously made for LEDs. All the arrangements are provided, except for the ½ service compartment of the A4B5.

View of the false ceiling

The false ceiling also has four square pins for centring the lighting strip (dimensions in orange):

Close-up view of false ceiling

Rectifying the bogie span

For the coach to get level, the bosses on the chassis underside need to bear on the bogie. This is achieved by gluing two 0.3 mm thick polystyrene shims to the centre bolster of the bogie.

Bearing shims

This photo also shows a small piece of self-adhesive copper that will be used to electrify the bogie. It is important to note its position, which must not interfere with the support bosses.