Chad Valley, Wee Kin, Tower truck

by Peter
Categories: Chad Valley, Clockwork toys, Diecast models, Trucks
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Chad Valley started way back in 1860 as a stationary printers and went on to make board games, the name Chad Valley came from a local brook/stream called the Chad in Harbourne.

This truck, Numbered 232 was produced between 1949 and 1953 under the Wee Kin brand also owned by Chad Valley.

Chad Valley TT1

Made of diecast metal , it has a clockwork motor and operating tower.

This particular truck chassis has been used for many body types including a milk truck, breakdown truck and a flat bed truck among many others.

Chad Valley TT2

Chad Valley was bought out by Palitoy in 1978 and the name finally bought by Woolworth’s in 1988, the Chad Valley name still continues and made elsewhere.

For the full Chad Valley history  see the PDF on this link

Lone Star and Dinky exhibition, Whitewebbs museum 2016

This year I am exhibiting my collection of Lone Star and DCMT toys again, plus a few Dinky I have.

Since 2014 the collection has grown so needed two tables and rather than just layout the tables, I spent some time making displays.

This is the full set up, further pictures below showing close up’s.


Firstly my selection of Austin lorries from the Lone Star Roadmaster series, the display is just made of ply and painted with a colour matched to one of my Lone Star boxes.


In front of that are a few Lone Star Super Freighters

The only models not Lone Star in my display are these few Dinky Super Toys.


Next my display of Lone Star knights and siege machines, the backdrop is made from parts of a Britains castle.


In front of the knights, a display of various Lone Star model vehicles.


Next we have Lone Star Tuf Tots, cranes and a range of Top Boy and Kings of the Road series.


Below my collection of Lone Star Space Commanders have their own display base, a moon base.


To see how the moon base was made Click Here

Next the Highway series and my Slikka crane.


Finally my collection of 1:32 Lone Star tractors and machinery.


The barn is made by Britains but looks good with the Lone Star selection.

A few more pictures from around the show.


A very large selection of Lone Star guns


An operational Lone Star treblo layout


Ian Dorrell’s huge mint collection, or, at least the part of it he brought.


Hornby three rail dublo layout


Hornby dublo two rail layout

That’s it for another year, to see previous exhibitions Click Here

Lone Star Tractors

by Peter
Categories: Diecast models, Lone Star, Tractors
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Probably one of the longest running Lone Star castings was the ‘Farm Tractor’  (1293) later to become the Farm King tractor (1286).

From what I can work out this model ran from 1964 up to 1976 but continued in some sets right up to 1982.

Lone Star Farm King 1

Probably based on the Fordson Major

Lone Star Farm King 2

Although seen mainly in red, a yellow version was also available as part of the Roadmaster Major series.

Lone Star Farm King 3

In 1979 another tractor under the series name Farmers Boy was released all came as sets with implements and doubt the tractors came alone, numbered from 1701 to 1727 with various different implements.

Solo tractors shown below in yellow and blue.


International tractor with elevator 1703

Lone Star Farmboy3

International tractor with disc harrow 1701

Lone Star Farmboy4

This harrow is not complete, the part holding the two harrow frames together is missing.

An unusual set I have is set number 1741 from 1980, unusual because it’s not listed in the Lone Star book, containing three implements and the above tractor in red.


A better picture with the lid removed


Another tractor known as the 10 series Ford tractor was released in 1982 until 1987.

Lone Star Ford tractor1

Between 1988 and 1989, 1750 was re-numbered 1792

Lone Star Ford tractor2

A double wheeled version was also released in 1986 and numbered 1751


Hornby aCHo, model railway

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Categories: HO Gauge, Locomotives, Model Railways
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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.

There is a dedicated section for model railways to see my articles Click Here

The real locomotive.


Picture by; Tadeo59370 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

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