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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 is not my usual type of purchase but I am getting a liking for European locomotives rather than just the British stock.
This is made by Fleischmann although an older model I love the style and look.
Believed to be made around 1972 and numbered 4028
I have seen this locomotive in black but not sure if that one has a different model number, this green one is known as ‘Carl in green’
These older locomotives were built to last and still runs sweetly, complete with working lights.
This is HO scale or 1:87 so slightly smaller than my usual OO gauge or 1:76, that said the track and wheel gauge are identical so can run on my OO gauge track.
Fleischmann is a German manufacturer of model railway products. Fleischmann was founded in Nuremberg in 1887 by Jean Fleischmann, as a toy company. Their first model train, in O scale, was produced in 1938. Their first H0 scale products were introduced in 1952 and their N scale “Piccolo” product line in 1969.
Nowadays, Fleischmann is a well-established brand name in the German model railway industry, rivalling Märklin in market share. Since they focus almost exclusively on central European prototypes, Fleischmann is relatively unknown outside that area. Most Fleischmann H0 products are made for the two-rail direct current system, but they make three-rail, Märklin-compatible versions of some locomotives, as well as replacement non-insulated wheelsets for use with their wagons on three-rail systems.
For more on the Fleischmann model railway history Click Here
The real locomotive
The Class 80 tank engines were German standard locomotives with the Deutsche Reichsbahn. They were intended to replace the aging, rickety state railway line engines performing shunting duties in their dotage at large stations.
Between 1927 and 1928 39 vehicles were produced, having been built in the locomotive factories of Jung in Jungenthal, Union Gießerei in Königsberg, Wolf and Hohenzollern. With the development of the Class 80, a relatively economical and simple locomotive class, it was hoped that the cost of shunting duties would come down.
After they had been on duty, prior to the Second World War, primarily in the area of Leipzig (including the shunting of post vans) and Cologne, 22 units went into the DR in East Germany, post-1945, and 17 to the Deutsche Bundesbahn. They were in service with the DR until 1968.
For more on the real locomotive Click Here
Fleischmann history and real locomotive text from Wkikpedia
Picture from Wikipedia