- 23 Oct 2010
As I mentioned in an earlier post, for a few pounds you can replace the chassis and buffers and I'd be happy to help you in that.I have 3 (including this one) similar wagons.
a) A bright green one marked Playmobil and a number on the chassis 3210220. It has twin bright red buffer heads. This is possibly the newest and heaviest of all 3. (see later note). It has counter balanced hook and loop couplings
The number on the chassis is probaby the mould number. This truck came in a number of RC sets which appeared between 1997 and 2005. The weight i because under the black (or maybe grey) square piece of plastic in the middle of the chassis there is a metal weight.
b) This is a mid-brown coloured one with twin bright red buffer heads. The body is marked SNCF on one side panel. On the underneath, on the chassis it says Playmobil and the number 3172621. This one is lighter than a) possibly due to not having a large plastic piece on its chassis.. The hook coupling has a plastic spring and when the wagon arrived this spring had been broken. I have effected a repair.
This truck appeared in a number of the track-powered sets and also sold separately between 1980/81 and 1994. Playmobil provided sheets of stickers with some sets for different countries's railway systems, hence the SNCF on the side. If the plastic pieces underneath isn't there, then the weight held in place by the plastic piece won't be there, hence the lighter weight.
c) This is the one which began this topic. The main body colour is a dark brown. The main side and end panels don't fit flush with the floor. It has just a central red, but painted black buffer head. There is no number on the chassis. On both side panels it says "No6" and on both sides of the chassis it says "LOAD 6 TONS". The chassis doesn't have the large plastic piece so it is lighter than a). I bought it knowing one end panel was missing which is on order and maybe waiting to be delivered.
It is possible it has had a re-spray as the plastic showing through is the same colour as b). I think the countered hook coupling will operate if the buffer is removed.
The body has been repainted and this probaby explains why the end and side panel don't fit properly. If you remove the paint, they should fit. The figures and lettering are owner additions.
The presence or lack of weight under the chassis isn't all that important unless your track is particularly uneven. The weight is more important with the higher vbehicles such as the carriages and the tankers.