With the beginning of the 1970's Lima started to expand its product lines stronly into export markets. The 1970 catalogue already showed a couple of new international items, one of them was the British Class 33 Diesel in H0. The scale was somewhat odd, since British model railways were traditionally built in 1:76 scale (OO gauge). Finally in 1973 the class 33 was available in the shops. Since Lime stayed with H0, the model looked rather small compared to other British makes.
The first one to be produce was the catalogue number 8049 in light blue with unpainted yellow ends, numbered D6524. Apparently, later production runs included dark blue models and there are some rumours that in late 1976/early 1977 these models were made with Hornby style couplings (British hook & loop).
In 1976 a new version showed up, catalogue number 1646. It was a green engine with white window surrounds and small yellow panel on the fronts. The engine was numbered D6505. The 1976 catalogue showed the model numbered D6524, although this number was likely not made and just a preproduction sample.
But this is not the end, it must have been in 1976, there was a starter set with a green engine with yellow window surrounds, numbered D6514. I presume that this model used yellow bodies from the blue engine, most likely due to lack of white body shells. Maybe Lima was in a rush to get some starter sets produced befor Christmas. More background information about this very rare engine is highly appreciated.
The blue engine is an extremely good runner, so I took one of them to convert it to a desert style locomotive with sand filters on the roof. I used this on on my first small exhibition layout "The Baghdad Railway".
Production ended in 1977 when Lima changed the scale of the British line to 1:76. For detailed information on the Lima British H0 range plese refer to our forum member Jon's website: