back again after a breakdown of my PC, I was luck that just my transformer broke down and left the hard disc with all the data in best order!
Let's do something for our friends in the land Down Under, which was served by Lima as their premier model train maker from 1973. Lima started with a class 44 Alco diesel and Indian Pacific coaches. But that's not the topic today. I will instead introduce the small range of Australian steamers.
The smallest of the range was the Fowler type 4F from the British HO range, introduced 1976, catalogue no. 1715. There was only one single version of this engine, unlined black livery, running no. 1908. I could not find any evidence of this type of locomotive in Australia (I mean the real thing), so until I know it better I will call this model "fictional". Nevertheless, it's a lovely model.
Also around 1976 a black Pacific (4-6-2) class 38 showed up, all black with no lettering at all, except 38 02 between the buffers on the front. The model looked not too bad, except the tender, which was kinda close to prototype, but actually taken from the French 141R (coalburner). Only the bogies were replaced by correct looking ones. Due to the dull appearance this model seems to be quite rare. Catalogue no. 1716L
A year or so earlier (actually hard to tell, because this model has been in the catalogues from around 1974 as a painted image), Lima introduced the green NSWGR class 38. The paint scheme is rather attractive. The tender is the same wrong type as on the all black one. This model also appeared in a Golden Series Set with three brown NSWGR 6 axle coaches. Catalogue No. 3015L
The green 38 was not the end of the Australian steam engines, even if Lima slowly moved almost entirely to more modern rolling stock. There was one last big steamer, the semi-streamlined 38. Platform One Wholesale, which was the Importer of Lima, introduced this model in a ad in Australian Model Railway Magazine (AMRM) in April 1995 issue. It ran on the same chassis as the earlier 38 of the 70's and it used the same tender. These models were sold only in Australia. Catalogue no. 20 8482 with "Bicentennial Train" board on the front.
There were two other runs, a black one and another green one without the "Bicentennial Train" board.