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New in August 2018 Plus new models January 2019
New model of the PLM 1936 express coaches - excellent companion to the 231B/D/G and 141E/F:
The first series are type C11 3rd class (Later re-classified as B11 2nd class ) I would expect future series to include other types and more liveries, below looks like test parts for a C4 Corridor Buffet:
We expect more variations and liveries in future production series of the Bacalan by REE. Second series December 2018 includes the buffet cars and era IV liveries
In the mid 1920s the PO (Paris Orléans) wished to modernise its coach fleet with all metal construction - previous coaches were largely constructed from wood or a hybrid of sheet metal on wooden frames. The PO Railway encouraged the OCEM (Office central d'études de matériel de chemins de fer) to produce a design for an all metal coach with better anti corrosion measures. The OCEM had the responsibility of standardising all French railway construction. The Bacalan coach was the result - the name came from the coach manufacturer - Dyle et Bacalan à Bordeaux. The coaches were stronger and lighter than their predeccesors so the PLM were quick to order their own fleet from Dyle et Bacalan.
185 Third class with 11 compartments were delivered to the PLM between 1929 and 1931. The large double doors in the centre allowed the coaches to be used as ambulances in emergencies and were cleared for use all over France. 12 coaches were converted into restaurants.
The coaches became B11 in 1956 with the end of third class.
The great strength and corrosion resistance of these vehicles meant that 80 were still in use in 1980 - They were removed from service in the mid 1980's
Excellent companions for the PLM Pacifics and Mikados
More Prototype photos may be seen on the REE website