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Australian Railway Models sets to Launch with Class C38

Australian Railway Models sets to Launch with Class C38

Posted by Little Train Shop on 2nd Mar 2020

Exciting news out of the 2020 Australian Toy Fair as Southern Model Supplies (SMS) announces their forthcoming release of the New South Wales C38 Pacific Class Locomotive under their own brand, 'Australian Railway Models'.

Proudly on display at the fair, Little Train Shop was able to get up close and see this pre-production sample in action. The locomotive, sporting running number 3806 in non-streamlined green livery, is still in early stages of development. The model is expected to be released in 2020, with a Streamlined Model to follow. A price point has not yet been established.

Little Train Shop is excited about the news and will continue to bring you updates as this project unfolds.

NOW AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER AT LITTLE TRAIN SHOP - click here
$289.95 with Free Shipping AU Wide (DCC Ready version)

C38 Class 4-6-2 '3806'
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C38 Class 4-6-2 '3806'
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C38 Class 4-6-2 Streamlined Version

C38 Class 4-6-2 Streamlined Version


*not final design, changes to release models may be expected


C38 Class 4-6-2 Pacific Express Passenger Locomotive.

C38 Class locomotive was commissioned for the NSW Government Railways to eliminate the expense and complications of double-heading express passenger and mail trains on the demanding line between Sydney and Albury.

Designed and built in Australia, the boasted an impressive 20 tonnes and up to 2500 horsepower. The first fine locomotives were constructed by Clive Engineering of Sydney. They each featured a streamlined design that was considered fashionable to attract passengers at the time. The first locomotive appeared in January 1943.

After a successful introduction, the second batch of 25 non-streamlined locomotives were ordered in 1943, the even numbers built at Eveleigh and the odd numbers at the Cardiff locomotive workshops. The first non-streamlined locomotive rolled out in November 1945. The late 1950s saw the rise of the Diesel locomotive and the loss of the prestigious passenger duties for the C38s as they went on to haul mixed freight. 1962 saw the beginning the C38 withdrawal from service with the final C38 withdrawn in 1970.

The C38 is often seen as Australia's most successful steam passenger locomotive... a true Australian Railway icon.

Model Features:

  • HO Gauge
  • DCC Ready
  • Detailed cabin interior including floating footplate
  • separately applied body detail parts
  • accurately reproduced motion mechanisms
  • realistic mechanical mechanisms
  • authentic knuckle style couplers
  • dual position drawbar for close tender coupling

NOW AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER AT LITTLE TRAIN SHOP - click here
$289.95 with Free Shipping AU Wide (DCC Ready version)


SMS is an Australian distributor for model railway brands such as Hornby, Peco and Oxford Rail and an established manufacturer for Classic Collectables, Highway Replicas and Diecast Replicars.