With the Lima Ae 6/6 of the SBB, my second short survey comes over a model family of a manufacturer (after the Mehano Boeing-Trams) now Online. Further become (hopefully) follow, be restricted that to the essential data and give should therewith simply a short overview over a model.
Lima Ae 6/6??? I hear it already: Badly details, unclean inscription, hochhackig, rinsing Schienenräumer; toy, dinosaur etc. Agrees, but what should´s. one may not forget that this model appear at one time, when it gave except the Märklin, meat man and narrow-gauge railroad models no other alternatives. There that was for the direct currents a new, low-priced and in the head measures more harmonious Lok. With something bastlerischem skill one clearly was able to improve moreover the optical impression, what was valued even a model train periodical a report. Clearly, with the appearance of the Roco Ae 6/6, this model had landed on the siding, but I would like to set its here nevertheless a small monument.
Lima brought out of the model different versions. There were two green Städteloks, a green Kantonslok and a version in Swiss-express varnish that there never was however in the Ae 6/6. Also a Lok in the red Farbgebung of the SBB appeared, vmtl. however only in a train packing. This model yet further was simplified, had no black frame and also no extra prepared insulators and roof directions.
For the first time that 11493 and that 11103 were portrayed of Lima in the catalogue 1973/74 as a novelty. Both models were up to the Betriebsnummer and naturally the Farbgebung immediately imprinted. There never was to be sure an Ae 6/6 in the Farbgebung of the Swiss-express, but that did not take Lima so exactly. Nevertheless again the Betriebsnummer correctly was selected for that for a Swiss-express Lok of the series re 4/4 and was left out suitably in addition a current buyer. How one sees at the model, these colors of also the Ae 6/6 would have stood well.
From 1980/1981 was offered under the constant order number 208046 instead of the 11493 Sissach now the 11520 Langnau I. ES.. The trick stand apertures injected previously out of light gray plastic were produced now in the color anthrazit, what lent the Lok immediately a better appearance. The Swiss-expresses 11103 1981/82 was to be sure no longer imKatalog, came after that however again into the program.
As a novelty 1983, the 11424 Neuchatel was introduced, that showed now the silberfarbenen strip and the "Schnautz" as a Kantonslok at the Lokfront. This was not however only auflackiert and sublime carried out. The inscription was now silver and no longer in white.
From 1985 wardie Swiss-expresses versions no longer in the offer, from 1986 also the 11520 lan exact I. ES.. The Kantonslok 11424 Neuchatel held itself yet until 1990 in the Lima program, disappeared also it.
In the red Ae 6/6 (106515T), it concerns a simply varnished model (without black frame), which appeared under the title „H0-Technology" in a beginning packing together with 3 SBB-Personenwagen, Trafo and track circle. At the same time the inscription was received completely of the 208046. Of the model, there are executions with one and with two roof current buyers.
Of the Lima Ae 6/6, there was moreover another copy of the firm resident in Hong Kong Playart. At the same time the housing unchanged had been received - also the inscription. As a motor came however a quietly more running "Can-motor "(round motor), the three axes drove, to the use. At least the green 11493, like also the Swiss-expresses 11103 appeared at the same time. That latter was to be recognized in that the light gray strip was missing at the roof edge.
This is the section with the model numbers and information...
To the details is and to say a. that it concerned naturally simplified models. The inscription was relatively coarsely and largely, the Dachaufbauten such as main switch etc. only angegossen that only deposits window and the Schienenräumer secured at the trick stands that rinsed with this, impaired the image yet substantially. In the last version, one can settle however also again clearly an improvement of the inscription. Moreover the roof in a darker silver was varnished here, what clearly improves the total impression. Here a copper wire was used also as a roof direction, that mediated no longer the impression to "wash line", how it was usual in the other models by the red coated cable.
Interestingly enough Lima correctly considered yet also details in spite of all simplification of the model. So Loknummern and crest agree was printed, in the last model of the 11424 Neuchatel even correct manner "SBB - CFF" instead of "SBB - FFS". Here also the front windows with copy of disk wipers were accommodated. One sees that in spite of restrictions the Limaleute paid attention also to trifles.
Thoughts and Feelings
The thoughts and feelings of the Lok represents the at that time Lima standard. One reaches it through apart props of the housing. Where the four Rastnocken sit, one (unfortunately) sees without problem from outside because these engage in the housing broken through at these places. In the last version, the Rastnocken however clearly visibly were reduced and were now round instead of angular. Housing and chassis are sits out of plastic, in the middle of the Lok a lead weight. The Lima round motor sits on a trick stand and drives there 2 axes at (the middle axis is not driven). Two wheels are equipped with custody tire. The current removal is distributed among both trick stands whereby however per trick stand only respectively by a rail decreased becomes.
Although the Antriebssystem is identical in all versions, is noticeable at least with me that the letztgebaute "Neuchatel" shows significantly better and softer handling characteristics.