Tamika is an Australian steam railmotor.
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Tamika is based on the South Australian Railways SMC Class "Steam Motor Coach No. 1", a 2-2-0 railway locomotive built in 1905. Nicknamed the "Coffee Pot" by the railwaymen, it was used for making weekly trips to Hawker, South Australia. Under the Commonwealth Railways it was re-classified as NJAB1. The locomotive was withdrawn from service in 1932, but returned to service in 1984 after an extensive restoration. It is preserved by the Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society.
Tamika is partially modified from her original basis; she has been fitted with buffers and screw-link couplings and has been scaled up from cape gauge to standard gauge. Her funnel is also much thinner than her basis.
Tamika is painted yellow with a teal green coach. Her running plate is painted red, and her cowcatcher is black. She has brass numberplates on the sides of her cab.
- She is the only new locomotive character created for Australia in the twenty-second series.
- Despite having a passenger coach, Tamika has never been seen carrying passengers in it.
- Tamika has been scaled up to standard gauge, but as a result, when standing in her cab, her crew are not able to look out her front windows.