The PIKO commuter coaches have been around for quite some time. They were originally quite cheap so they quickly gained a lot of fans. The coaches are a model of the German N-type that you used to see around urban areas and on branch lines (and to some extend still do). From time to time PIKO have released modern versions of these coaches, but done nothing else than repainting the older types in the new colours. This is fine, when you think of the price, but there are some small changes that you can make yourself to add a more modern look to the coach. In this article I will show you how I upgraded my models to look more modern. [More]
The PIKO A-track has seen more love in the later years. Last year PIKO introduced a concrete sleeper version of the track to suit the modern era modellers. This was a welcome change as most track today only has wooden sleepers. The special thing about the PIKO track was the inclusion of a pair of turnouts with concrete sleepers. Read the review of the new concrete turnouts. [More]
I love the Lufthansa Airport Express trains so I was pleased when PIKO annouced their version of the class 103. When PIKO announced their version of the loco I immediately went and ordered it.
I have always turned to Roco's Roco Line or the Tillig Elite track system for serious track work, but because of the ever increasing prices I have been keen on trying the cheaper PIKO A-track. I have seen a fair share of layouts built using this track and it does look quite good. The track costs about half the price of the Roco track. So far the quality has not been the same as the more expensive Roco Line track, but that might just be about to change.