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Category: Model Railways
I started this blog and website back in April 2011, and this week marks 6 years online, on that basis this week a special post on my diverse collection and items I bought this week at the Brentwood toy fair.
I nearly missed the toy fair, it was only that one of my contacts on Facebook mentioned he had a stall there today that I went.
I always tend to browse a lot before I buy but sometimes things just jump out and say “buy me” and more often than not I do.
The first few models are upgrades to existing parts of the collection.
This is the Matchbox greyhound bus number 66, I have two with amber glass, Superfast and regular wheels but the clear glass version is harder to find.
This replaces a previous model with hand painted sides.
Next is the Matchbox Bedford Duple coach, number 21a, the smaller of the two types
This is in lovely condition against my previous version.
Next is the Matchbox Diamond T prime mover number 15a and trailer 16a from the same stall and made in the 1950′s, never had one of these so a new addition to the Matchbox series 1 collection.
Again in lovely condition.
Still at the same stall and couple of older Triang railway wagons caught my eye, these are ones I am collecting to make up a rake for one train, these now make 5 and at £4 each how could I say no, both are different coloured wagons and the grey of the containers is also different, the maroon one being of Triang origin and the brown one possibly later Hornby and much harder to find.
On another stall and still on the subject of model railways I found this re-painted Fleischmann crane with a crocodile well wagon in the same GW grey, although origin is unknown.
The re-paint is well done but don’t like the shiny black roof so may have to matt that down, also a jib support on the wagon may have to be built.
On another stall I was browsing, I came across these Corgi trackside Scammell Scarabs, 4 to be precise so bought them all, do love a Scarab.
On another stall this Mercedes fire truck got my attention, made by Majorette, I have a few of this type of truck but not the fire truck and at just £2 had to add it to my collection.
While browsing this stall something else caught my eye, this I had never seen before, made in Italy by a diecast company called Mercury, a little Fiat 500 about Matchbox size, from what I can find out these went bust in the 70′s and made this smaller one and also a 1:43 version with opening features, cost me £30 but have since seen these selling for 3 times as much so feel I got bargain.
Another stall, another addition, this mixer was made by DCMT ( Later became Lonestar) and nice to find complete and in good condition.
Finally a random purchase, 6 small daleks seen here in one of the 1:76 scale Scarabs, these will end up painted on a diorama of even a cameo on the model railway.
This year I am exhibiting my collection of Lone Star and DCMT toys again, plus a few Dinky I have.
Since 2014 the collection has grown so needed two tables and rather than just layout the tables, I spent some time making displays.
This is the full set up, further pictures below showing close up’s.
Firstly my selection of Austin lorries from the Lone Star Roadmaster series, the display is just made of ply and painted with a colour matched to one of my Lone Star boxes.
In front of that are a few Lone Star Super Freighters
The only models not Lone Star in my display are these few Dinky Super Toys.
Next my display of Lone Star knights and siege machines, the backdrop is made from parts of a Britains castle.
In front of the knights, a display of various Lone Star model vehicles.
Next we have Lone Star Tuf Tots, cranes and a range of Top Boy and Kings of the Road series.
Below my collection of Lone Star Space Commanders have their own display base, a moon base.
To see how the moon base was made Click Here
Next the Highway series and my Slikka crane.
Finally my collection of 1:32 Lone Star tractors and machinery.
The barn is made by Britains but looks good with the Lone Star selection.
A few more pictures from around the show.
A very large selection of Lone Star guns
An operational Lone Star treblo layout
Ian Dorrell’s huge mint collection, or, at least the part of it he brought.
Hornby three rail dublo layout
Hornby dublo two rail layout
That’s it for another year, to see previous exhibitions Click Here
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