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Hornby Acho was a French subsidiary of Meccano Ltd. of Binns Road. It had no connection with Rovex / Triang who bought up the Hornby trade name when Meccano closed in the 1960s.
Hornby Acho 1960 to 1973, Acho being a play on HO scale (1:87)
The original Hornby Acho was very durable, and very well engineered and is still available secondhand.
This is my first Hornby Acho loco, my love of the centre cab layout and electric overheads made this an obvious choice for my collection.
This one is SNCF BB12061 in green, was also available in blue with the same number.
Both ends have directional working headlights, couplings are a standard HO type used by many manufacturers.
Hornby Acho number 6392.
The real locomotive.
The SNCF Class BB 12000 were electric locomotives operated by SNCF. The first examples arrived on the railway in 1953, operating on the 25 kV 50 Hz line to the coal mines of the Houillères de Lorraine in the north-east of France.
BB 12001 arrived in Mohon on July 17, 1954. Tried first along the Valenciennes – Lumes line, specifications called for a locomotive capable of pulling 750 tonne trains along a grade of 10 ‰. The 12000 Class proved more than capable, pulling 1100 tonne then 1400 tonne trains. BB 12006 using a different system of gears could pull 2000 tonne trains.
The 12000s integrated well with the SNCF CC 14100 series. SNCF would own 148 of this type of locomotive and another 20 were delivered to the Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Luxembourgeois in Luxembourg.
Real loco text from Wikipedia
Triang were well known for their diecast ranges the models below are slightly more obscure, possibly from the Jumbo series.
Firstly the more common of the two is the Triang Tugster number 37a.
There are two trailer types for this model, one standard type that fits on the rear hook and a gooseneck trailer that locates in the hole on the top rear.
I have also seen this model in yellow and green, production between 1970 to 1975.
The second tractor/loader I have found far less information on.
This is a different casting to the Tugster and have found no real information on the internet or elsewhere, as above colours seen are blue, yellow and green, many seen with cab missing.
The lever that can be seen in the cab operates the loader arm up or down.
Finally both Triang model together, scale wise, hard to say for sure but 1:28 to 1:32 would be a reasonable guess.
Both Lone Star and Slikka Toys (or Tools) are names used by DCMT (Die Casting Machine Tools Ltd) the parent company of both names, Lone Star was used from 1951 until the companies demise in 1988.
This small adjustable wrench, possibly made 1951, one item from the ‘Junior Mechanic’s Tool Kit’ DCMT Cat No117. Other tools in the set would of been a screwdriver, pliers, and a ball pein hammer.
I found this by chance from a seller selling old tools.
For more on the DCMT and Lone Star history, see http://www.lone-star-diecast-bk.com/history.html
The Lone Star ‘Superfreighters’ used the Kings of the Road chassis casting as the tractor of the small range of artic trucks, these came during the Kings of the Road series released in 1983 and finally discontinued in 1986 the one below is numbered 1601 and in the livery of the then popular Roadline parcel carrier (previously the number 1601 was the Kings of the Road farm truck) The 1601 farm truck continued as 1801 in 1982 until 1986.
Below is the cab chassis unit by itself, showing the black plastic insert added to the basic, Kings of the Road chassis cab.
Another I have is this Lone Star Super Roadmasters, extending crane truck, number 1292.
The main difference between the two ranges is Superfreighters are branded box trailers, such as Roadline, Birdseye, Walls ice cream etc, whereas the Super roadmasters includes a crane as above, a tipper, fuel tanker etc, Super Roadmasters were released earlier in 1980, there was 6 Super Roadmasters produced and 6 of the Superfreighters were produced from 1983, probably future liveries were planned but never materialised.
For more on the Kings of the Road range Click here