PIKO Taurus BR183 Locomotive review

I recently purchased a new PIKO locomotive from ‘Reynaulds’. The store is good and they have very good customer service. If you are looking for anything to do with european locomotives, this store seems to carry it all.

Since they did not have it in stock, i had to order it. Took about 4 weeks. Apparently they order the item from PIKO in Germany.

So here’s my take on this locomotive.

This locomotive falls under the ‘Express’ category of locomotives from PIKO. They have 3 categories. “Hobby”, “Express” and “Classic”. The “Classic” being the most expensive and i guess most detailed.

The loco is well packed and comes with information sheet, detailing how to remove the shell, the connections and spare parts.

The loco is lighter than the other PIKO i bought couple of years ago. Also, i believe this loco was made in china and not in germany.



Here’s the loco with the shell taken off. No connections for the pantographs. Means that this loco cannot be powered by pantographs out of the box. The lighting however deserves praise. Very well wired, including the little SMD LED’s for the cabin light. All the lights are LED. At the center is a carrier PCB with an 8-pin NEM connector. All you do for DCC is to pull out the stub PCB on the connector and plug in your DCC decoder. The chassis also has a nice spot for an oval speaker.

The Motor comes with 2 flywheels and has a stall current of 1.25amps.

Detailing on the shell is definitely not bad for the price. An equivalent one from Roco costs almost double.



Running is smooth without any wobble. I think it is pretty good deal for Taurus loco for a little over $100.00


1: Decent Quality for the price

2: LED lighting (including cabin lighting)

3: Space provided for speaker on the chasis

4: Good running characteristics


1: Lighter than my other similar Piko locomotives

2: Pantographs seem very flimsy. I dont think they can be modified for overhead power

3: more plastic parts than metal.

Overall i should say it is good. Not too keen that it is made in china than germany. But for the price, I am not complaining.


I am a computer engineer living in the beautiful city of Austin,TX. While my day job is designing computer chips, I love to dabble in woodworking, metalworking, r/c and electronics.

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One comment on “PIKO Taurus BR183 Locomotive review
  1. nfotis says:

    Hello there,

    I have got a Piko “Hobby line” Taurus and added a DCC decoder.
    Unfortunately, the movement in small to medium speeds is rather jerky (I guess they use 3-pole motors in the “Hobby line”).
    Any suggestions about improving the running characteristics of this system?


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