Budgie 0-6-0 Locomotive

by Peter
Categories: Budgie, Diecast models, Diecast trains, Hornby, Locomotives, Tri-ang
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Most of the diecast cars and trucks I had as a kid, I now have I can still remember the basket they were kept in and even after forty odd years still have a clear image of what there was, one has eluded me mainly because I didn’t know the make it was  and while doing some research on Budgie diecast came across this on Ebay, my first thoughts was, “there it is” it was the Budgie tank loco in red just as I remember it, I just had to bid for it and got it for 99p.


This little loco is the Budgie N0224 and is the older version because the  name and number are cast on the sides, this later became decals, it is also 00 gauge and fits nicely on Hornby track.


The number on the sides, 7118 belongs to a larger 2-4-2 LNER Class F3 not to a Class 3F 0-6-0 as the casting suggests.

This could of been a research mess up at Budgie Toys, the casting designer could of asked someone to find a number for a 3F and by the time they found the reference books, got confused and picked a number for a F3, unfortunately we will never know for sure.

It did come in four colours and the picture below shows these, as well as red it came in green, bronze and black, I found the picture below on Vectis and these four in mint condition and boxed went for £60.00, I must admit if I had known I would of been bidding myself.

The boxes of the green and black one are the wrong way round as the earlier model is the green one with cast name and numbers, the box which goes with it is under the later black one.

The lettering on the earlier one was, I believe to be gold on the red version but the green one shows it to be silver, there is not much information on these so not absolutely sure what it should be.

As always if anyone knows better please contact me.

I’ve also had a number of these as Triang and Hornby loco’s in black and still have some in my own collection.


The real locomotive was known as ‘Jinty’ which is what I know it as but is actually a Fowler Class 3F 0-6-0 tank loco

For more on the real locomotive Click Here

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