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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
The title to this article has no manufacturer’s name in it as to date I have no information on this diecast locomotive casting, I have tried my own research and been to various specialist websites and groups but no one really knows for sure, the most frequent comment has been it’s made by Budgie Toys, but as seen lower down this page, I have added pictures of the only known Budgie locomotive made.
This is the LMS loco 7217
Shown as a 0-6-0 tank locomotive of dubious heritage, in other words I have not found a real example, the nearest being Jinty as seen below in the Budgie casting.
A basic casting but I do like it and also the fact it seems quite rare and with no provenance adds to the mystery, if it is a casting of the well known Jinty 0-6-0 tank locomotive it’s a very naive version.
There are no markings to establish even a glimmer of heritage, so if you know more please get in touch.
Updated; further research has revealed this loco did exist, I have found the record of LMS 7217 found on Rail UK
In short it was renumbered 47217 and even better found a picture of it.
This confirms it should of looked like the Budgie casting, as I said in the main post, it’s a very naive version.
Shown below with the Budgie Jinty, the Budgie number belongs to a completey different loco, so guess Budgie Toys just made it up.
For more on the Budgie Jinty Click Here
Spent a morning at the Basildon model railway exhibition, here are a few pictures from the vast array of layouts on display.
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In the 1980′s, Matchbox made a much larger diverse range of Yesteryear model than ever before and included the famous locomotove, Stephenson’s Rocket.
This was numbered Y12 and released in 1987, it came in a display box mainly in red as seen below.
Later in 1995 this was re-issued as YAS01 and although the same model and casting the box and colouring had changed with the addition of brass coloured pistons and black wheel rims and paneling to the tender.
Although I have done an article before on the Benbros model of the Rocket, a picture showing both has been provided below as a comparison, note how close in size they both are.
I was intending to take the pictures showing the locomotive on track but found the gauge to be bigger than the OO track I have, after a bit of measuring and investigation, both these models measure at about 22mm making S gauge track a suitable type for displaying these models, S gauge is also known as 1:64 scale and measures 22.5mm, S gauge is far more popular in the USA than here in the UK.
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