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Dinky Supertoys, Marrel multi bucket

by Peter
Categories: Diecast models, Dinky, Leyland, Trucks
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The Dinky Supertoys Marrel multi bucket is one of those holy grail models I have been after for years, I had one without the skip but sold that a few years back, this latest addition is not only complete but also came with it’s original box.

Dinky skip truck 4

Based on the Leyland Comet truck this is Dinky number 966 and often mistaken as the Albion Chieftain, it’s not.

I have only ever seen it in this colour, I also notice the box quailifies that this model has windows, did the first issues not have windows fitted? Or was this a common addition to the boxes as Dinky included windows in all their models.

Dinky skip truck 1

This model was released in 1960 and was produced until 1964.

Dinky skip truck 2

This also has operational skip locks at the rear this helps hold the skip on the real trucks, a feature not often seen even on modern models.

Dinky skip truck 3

Dinky skip truck 5

Dinky produced a much later skip truck in 1977 and part of the Convoy range although much simplified and not a patch on the old Leyland Comet.

Dinky skip trucks

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History of the skip

In 1914, Antoine Marrel, a Berthier car dealer at St-Etienne with a passion for mechanics, dedicated his time and skills to developing a lifting/hanging device. It was the beginning of a great story, and in 1919 The Societe Bennes Marrel was created. The company acquired its fame by launching the very first dumpster activated with cables and gallows.
The Marrel Multibenne or multibucket was designed by Antoine Marrel himself.

It was in the 1960s that the skip as we know it came into its own, beginning its 50-year rise as the bulk waste disposal method of choice for both the domestic and the commercial markets.

Back in the early 1920s the shipping industry in Southport began to use a type of container that loosely resembled a skip and which was removed by a petrol-engine lorry as opposed to the horse-drawn refuse carts that were commonly used throughout the town. For most commercial waste disposal, however, tipper wagons remained the most common option. These were delivered to site by a team, which waited while it was hand or machine loaded before removing it again. The result, however, was the effective double handling of rubbish and the wasting of the delivery team’s time while the wagon was loaded.

By the time the 1960s arrived, the boom in real estate development coupled with an expanding industrial sector meant that volumes increased and time became precious, leading to the development of the modern day skip. These were originally developed in Germany and were adopted by a London company called George Cross & Co., which quickly set about introducing the concept to a ready and willing UK market.

The original skips came in a “one-size-fits-all” format of around six cubic yards and remained that way for many years until skip hire companies embraced the changing needs of the market and developed a range of sizes and shapes to suit different uses and waste volumes.

The real trucks

The third generation Leyland Comet

In 1958, as part of an effectivization program, the Comet received a new cab – called the “Vista Vue” cab, it was developed by Albion for a variety of their models. Dodge UK also used it for their 300 model, consequently this cabin shape is often referred to as the “LAD” design. There was also a heavier duty “Super Comet” model introduced, which eventually largely supplanted the “regular” Comet.

Real truck text from Wikipedia


Leyland Comet

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Matchbox buses and trams

by Peter
Categories: AEC, Buses & Coaches, Daimler, Leyland, Matchbox, Yesteryear
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Over the years Matchbox Lesney created some of the British icons of the London streets, the buses, most of us in the UK take them for granted but even in my lifetime the changes have been enormous, so lets go back to the beginning of the double decker.

The Matchbox B Type bus was one of the earlier Yesteryear range and made in 1956, Number Y2 and listed as a 1912 to 1920 B type bus.

My one is missing most of it’s decals and the driver and is due for replacement.

Trams were also popular with Matchbox, and again a Matchbox Yesteryear model, number Y3, this is a 1907 London E Class tram car, this was in production from 1956 until 1965 so a good production run and there are no doubt many of these out there, from what I know about these the decals are likely to of been ‘News of the World’.

This one has also lost much of it’s decals but as both of the above came my way as part of a job lot, didn’t even know I had them until I unpacked the box.

Both will be upgraded at some point or restored.

Next we look at the trollybus and is one of my favourites.

This is the grey wheel version and also available with black wheels, much of the decals are intact, this is Matchbox No56, and released in 1958, the decals came in various types although the ‘Peardrax’ is one of the more common versions.

Next is the old RT, the First bus I remember as a kid and been on many.

Matchbox produced this one in 1954, number 5 and called it London bus, it’s the smallest bus they ever made at only 52mm long, there is also a slightly bigger one made in 1957 and is 57mm long and also numbered 5.

In 1961 the  RT London bus was replaced with the AEC Routemaster.

We are now going to fast forward to 1972 when Matchbox created the Londoner and numbered it 17, this is based on the DMS or Leyland Fleetline was dubbed the Londoner and came into service in London in 1971.

Prior to that was the earlier Daimler Fleetline, Matchbox N074.

Matchbox Daimler Fleetline

The Leyland Titan was produced in 1981, first in the UK then later was moved to China, the name changed to ‘London Bus’

Other Leyland Titan liveries, some made in England, China and Macau

Matchbox Leyland Titan

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The real buses.

The pictures below and links are for the real buses

The B Type bus, 1911 -1920

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Trollybus and Tram

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The RT London bus

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The AEC Routemaster

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The Daimler Fleetline

The Leyland Fleetline DMS

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The Leyland Titan

For more on the Leyland Titan Click Here

The future of the double decker in London

For more pictures and information on the future double decker, Click Here