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Lone Star and Dinky Exhibition, WhiteWebbs museum 2014

This year at the annual Lone Star Exhibition I had a stall to show my own Lone Star collection, it had been extended to include Dinky Toys too.

Last year I visited this show for the first time and learnt  alot about Lone Star and this year was no different.

My own small collection

Whitewebbs DC expo 9

The red crane with the white jib is new and bought at the show, boxed and mint.

Whitewebbs DC expo 10

Most of the models here have already been written about and you can find out more by searching Lone Star on this website.

So lets have a look around the Exhibition.

On the table next to me was this Lone Star Treblo electric layout, and fully operational, Treblo or OOO was the father of British N gauge.

Whitewebbs DC expo 1

A  few static diecast  Treblo layouts showing a vast number of the range that was available by Lone Star.

Whitewebbs DC expo 2

Whitewebbs DC expo 3

Lone Star were well known for their diecast cap guns of many types and in fact gained the name solely because of the western theme they had adopted, this stall had one of the biggest ranges I have ever seen.

Whitewebbs DC expo 7

Even more Lone Star weapons.

Whitewebbs DC expo 8

This is Ian Dorrell and his amazing collection of all things Lone Star, probably the largest collection in the UK, in fact many of the pictures in the reference books I use are of  Ian’s collection.

Whitewebbs DC expo 6

There was plenty of stalls selling Lone Star as well as other makes, and as already said I have added a Lone Star crane to my collection, a few other things caught my eye and worthy of adding here.

First this set of Dinky A4 locomotives, around N gauge in size, According to the “Great book of Dinky Toys” The Green one, Light blue one , the Silver and Red one and the Silver one Are from 1937–1941.  The Dark Green one is obviously after 1948 with that BR crest.  The one in Dark Blue can either be Pre or post WW2…

Personally I had not seen these before.

Whitewebbs DC expo 4

Another Dinky set and was really tempted with buying it, but alas,  I didn’t.

This is also Dinky no. 18 Tank Goods Set produced 1934–1941.

Whitewebbs DC expo 5

As the theme was Lone Star and Dinky diecast, I was suprised they had a large O gauge Hornby 3-rail layout, but Frank Hornby did produce the Dinky range as well as Hornby trains and of course Meccano, the following pictures are of the layout which I had great pleasure in watching much of the day.





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Model railway Exhibition, WhiteWebbs museum 2014

by Peter
Categories: Exhibitions, HO Gauge, Model Railways, O gauge, OO gauge
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Today I have taken myself to the Whitewebbs museum for a model railway exhibition, not been here before on the Saturday so was surprised how many people were there.

The first picture shows a larger scale narrow gauge mining layout and one of my favourites of the day.

Whitewebbs MR expo 1

At the opposite end of the scale was this suitcase N gauge layout.

Whitewebbs MR expo 2

Even smaller, N gauge in a video box.

Whitewebbs MR expo 3

Next a couple of O gauge scratch built diesel’s, first the class 33

Whitewebbs MR expo 4

And the class 08 with cab detailing.

Whitewebbs MR expo 5

This HO layout drew my attention for some time.

Whitewebbs MR expo 7

Whitewebbs MR expo 6

Whitewebbs MR expo 8

Finally this is an outside garden railway display known as G scale

Whitewebbs MR expo 10

There were dozens more but these were some of best, in my opinion.

Will be back here tomorrow for the Lone Star diecast exhibition.


Basildon model railway exhibition

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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Model train layouts.

by Peter
Categories: ACE, Bachmann, Exhibitions, Hornby, Model Railways, O gauge, OO gauge, Trix
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Spent this afternoon at the village hall in Cold Norton in Essex to see some of the local model railway clubs displaying their trains.

Above, a smart modern O gauge ACE tinplate tank loco.

The loco yard.

A mixture of Hornby and Trix O gauge trains above.

A layout of French Hornby  O gauge trains.

Below is one of the only OO gauge layouts there today, run on DCC and with Bachmann rolling stock, some great detailing

Same layout as above further along.


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