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Category: Locomotives

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 https://www.facebook.com/essexcollectors/ 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 https://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/essexcollectors

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

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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

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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

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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Hornby aCHo, model railway

by Peter
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.

BB12000a

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.

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Picture by; Tadeo59370 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18652625

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


Diecast, LMS 7217 locomotive

by Peter
Categories: Diecast models, Diecast trains, Locomotives
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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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For more on the Budgie Jinty Click Here