Giacomo Zanella – LIMA: the era of engines bell type – second part
(Written by P.G.)
Even the steam locomotives LIMA adopt the engine bell type. And it is the 1-3-0 locomotive with tender three-axis Article 3001, here in the first, rare version of 1958, with the nose gear wheels with small disc …
… In its second version with 0-4-0 wheel arrangement ….
… And set “DSG” with a fork tender for the German market
The tender 0-3-0 with two or three axles sees the light in 1960
… .while the largest steam locomotive with the engine bell is 1-4-0 “German” of 1959 with a fork tender … ..
… Almost exact copy scale, a bit reduced the tender of the BR 01 Maerklin of the era, to the point that, in the first models, appears on the sides, because, presumably, an error flashy of the designer, also the logo of the German … ..
In 1961 is offered only the locotender LIMA of the era, loosely inspired by the BR 80 DR / DB …
… Sold in sets as freight train ….
… And of which there is also a mechanical version with two axles charging spring …
Note that all the vintage steam locomotives LIMA are “freelance” models, contrary to electric locomotives and diesel which correspond to a real prototype.
They are announced in catalogs sometimes as German locomotives, sometimes as Italian, maybe the goal is to have the machines a bit ‘”passe-partout”
suitable for trains and packaging to sale throughout Europe.
The latest model of locomotive LIMA with vertical engine is the V60 of the DB,
announced as a novelty in 1962. It exists in red with or without connecting rods …
The superstructure of this machine is a copy a bit simplified, including errors, of the Fleischmann model
and also in this case the designer LIMA reproduces on the wall of the cabin even the number 1380 which is nothing other than the reference catalog of the German …. .
The V60 is also offered in green for France and the Benelux countries
and set with freight train or passenger
This is also the first locomotive to move from the engine bell type to the annular horizontal axis (type G) in 1964. Models with engine ring stand out immediately from those with vertical engine for the hump on the rear hood for housing the motor
Between 1964 and 1965, Lima converts all of the locomotives vertical motor G that had been adopted for the first time in 1963 on the Dutch electric locomotive series 1200 …
..and the French TEE
So it ends the era of the engine bell type, replaced by annular engine, which for many years is mounted on all models LIMA. It disappear, at the same time, metal gears, sprockets and steel frames for trucks in favor of looms and transmissions “all plastic”, even more inexpensive, easy to install and that need reduced lubrication ….
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(@ June 13, 2015)