Lima - 103814T - Metroblitz Startset mit der E5 in der Metroblitz Farbgebung. Bei dieser Startset Version ist nur eine Front der Lok vollständig lackiert. Die Personenwagen sind stark vereinfacht mit angegossenen Puffern und basieren auf dem SNCF Sanitätswagen.
ein leider unvollständiges Set mit einer BR 218, die aber wohl älter als die Packung ist, da sie noch keine umlaufende "Bauchbinde" hatte. Der Schienenplan ist aufgeklebt. Leider habe ich zu diesem Set keinerlei Hintergrundinfos und kann nur Vermutungen zum ursprünglichen Inhalt anstellen. Wer weiß mehr?
Here's annother very lovely starter pack from the year 1981. It's a CP Portugal Passenger Set with French "broken nose" electric and three Budd type passenger coaches. Item Number (if the box hasn't been swapped over the years) is 10 4524. This set has been offered for the portuguese market only.The box is somewhat tatty, it must have been unpacked many times over the years. Thank god it got not lost at all. The former owner kept the train in a rather good and complete shape.
The loco is of the more modern type with big, centered side vents, but it has only one pantograph similar to the SNCF BB15000
Here's the coach. There's three of them in the box (no sleeper, no diner). The first question which comes up is, why the hell did they use Aussie Indian Pacific type coaches? They had European looking SNCF coaches in their range and already made them for Portugal in a CP Version. Will try to find the answer later on.
The coach is unpainted, the windows have no glass, the roof is silver-greyish plastic and includes the window frames, which hold the roof in place. And, there is no crack in the stairs, it's just the unpainted plastic which has some stains.
Allright, here's my answer to the choice of coach. Please click on the following link to a nearly similar real train:
You will see, that the real coaches have rather low windows and a roof that comes down quite far. So, the look is at least in a way similar the the Budd coaches which Lima used on this train The longer I look at this picture, the more I can understand Lima's choice of coaches. The previously used Mistral 56 coaches are also rather far from prototype.
Hi Martin! Very nice and interesting set. Perhaps they were trying to emulate the Sorefame coaches (oddly #309160 appears in the 1981 catalogue but not used here) which were stainless steel ones. These coaches were used in the express service running from Lisbon to Oporto and they were nicknamed "foguete" (rocket). They were used for quite a time, usually until the 80's when VTU (serie 78) Corail coaches, bought from France, arrived and ended up replacing them. Cheers