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News update, upcoming sale

After much thought I have decided to sell huge parts of my collections.

Almost all of it is kept in storage and not seen from one year to the next.

I have far to much and rather someone else has the benefit and enjoyment of my treasures.

This isn’t to say this website will stop, far from it, as I sort out stuff for sale new posts and pictures will be forthcoming.

Most of my sales will be on Ebay or through my groups and page on Facebook.

If you are a Facebook user you can subscribe/like my selling page at for updates on what is up for sale, be the first to see some exciting items.

Or go directly to Ebay and keep a regular eye out at

Be quick though as some of it is selling quickly already

A week of Triang

by Peter
Categories: Bayco, Construction toys, Locomotives, Minic, Train layouts, Triang, Triang, Trucks
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The last week has been mainly acquiring Triang products, not planned but mostly by chance.

The week culminating in a trip to Alexander Palace to a model railway exhibition which I hadn’t intended visiting, it was the idea of my other half as she is building a narrow gauge model railway and was looking for bits and pieces for it, so I tagged along.

During the week a few purchases arrived by post firstly a Triang Tugster diecast tractor I didn’t have and found by chance on Ebay

Triang tugster9

This has been added to the other Triang Tugsters

To see more information on the Triang Tugster range Click Here

Something I’ve been meaning to collect and not got around to is the Triang Minic  ‘push-and-go’ series of trucks, this week two lots turned up at a reasonable price so bought them

Triang pushandgo 1

Above shows just three versions, the tanker, cement truck and tarpaulin truck, the tarpaulin cover seems very similar if not the same as a Triang wagon load seen on the flat wagon although as I don’t have one can not confirm if it’s the same size.

Below are some of the RAF series including the same tanker as above

Triang pushandgo 2

All of the trucks have a mechanism allowing it to run forward when pulled backwards, the trucks are all the same moulding with different loads.

The trip to Alexander Palace also yielded results, although mainly new stuff for sale I was surprised how many secondhand stalls there were, I wasn’t really looking for anything in particular for my model railway and rarely buy new stock anyway, but a few great item did catch my attention.

For some time I have been after the Triang ‘Davy Crocket’ old time locomotive but the one’s I’ve seen have been non-runners or missing parts, this one was complete and running.

Triang Davy Crocket loco

I suppose now I should look out for the old time coaches.

My star buy was again found by chance and on a stall I had already looked at, this was partly hidden by other items and at first was not obviously Triang Minic Motorways as this is an early box.


The give away was a tiny Triang logo on the end of the box.


After checking is was complete and even had the original instructions, so I bought it.


Finally made up at home, although missing the plastic ramp if you don’t intend using it as part of the Minic Motorway system.


Triang Minic Motorway bus depot, second issue, mid sixties.

Although in the end was a good day out with many layouts on display, lots of innovations and a few good purchases.

To end a layout that caught my eye in O gauge old Hornby Meccano with the biggest display of Bayco buildings I have ever seen.


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

Chad Valley, Girder and panel building sets

by Peter
Categories: Chad Valley, Construction toys
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Some time ago I wrote an article on the Triang Arkitex and mentioned back then that I remembered the sets having red girders and I quote “Back in the early sixties when I was a small lad, I remember having a girder building kit, for years it eluded me as to what it was until a few years ago after seeing the Triang Arkitex online, it seemed familiar but in the deep corridors of my memory I thought the girders were red, maybe I was getting mixed up with the Matchbox girder truck, it was 50 years ago I had these.

I was right but had the wrong sets, what I had was the Chad Valley Girder and panel building set No1

Chad Valley1

When I removed the lid over 50 years of time rolled back and there I was six years old again.


The red girders as I remember them and the thin moulded panels, this was it, this is what I had.

Since then I have acquired a second set, The Chad Valley Bridge and road building set.


This was one I never had but made sense to add to the previous set, in time I will post some pictures of it made up but until then leave you with the pictures of these unique and possibly rare construction sets.


These sets were manufactured in the UK by Chad Valley and sold up until the middle 1990s when it was discontinued.

In the UK, Kenner licensed the Girder and Panel brand to the nearly 100 year-old toy company, Chad Valley. The sets were nearly identical.

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.

One history says that Chad Valley were taken over by Palitoys in 1978 and Woolworth’s in 1988, though apparently continuing to use the trademark.

In the US, similar sets were made and sold by Kenner (under various partnerships/owners including Sears and General Mills) and called “Bridge and Turnpike” rather than “Bridge and Roadways.” They have also been discontinued. From 1992-1996 a Canadian company, Irwin, also produced Girder and Panel sets, though they appear to have been mainly the sets to construct buildings and not roads and bridges. They too have now ceased production.

Kenner sets are more often blue coloured girders but are from the same mouldings, the panels do differ but would fit in with the Chad Valley sets.

There is also a new company called Bridge Street Toys which seem to be making the parts again, to check it out Click Here or on the link below.