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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

Diecast locomotive1

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.

Diecast locomotive2

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.

Diecast locomotive3

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.

Diecast locomotive4

Diecast locomotive5

For more on the Budgie Jinty Click Here


Fleischmann 4028

by Peter
Categories: Fleischmann, HO Gauge, Model Railways
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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


Related articles;

Fleischmann shunter


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.

Class 80

For more on the real locomotive Click Here

Fleischmann history and real locomotive text from Wkikpedia

Picture from Wikipedia


Lone Star and Dinky Exhibition, WhiteWebbs museum 2015

This year I wasn’t exhibiting at White Webbs museum as had a very busy year and too many things going on to think about a display, but even so found the time to visit this year.

Lots of  Lone Star for sale


Lone Star gun and rifle display below.


Ian Dorrel’s display


More display tables


There was a large Lone Star treblo (OOO = British N gauge) railway displays this year many more operational layout too.

OOO lonestar1

OOO lonestar2

OOO lonestar3

OOO lonestar4

OOO lonestar5

Also as the show has now expanded to cover Dinky, some displays are older Hornby OO layouts notably Hornby Dublo 3 rail and two rail.



Also a few of the Dinky sales and display tables.




One very rare Dinky seen here is this Aviation refueller

Dinky rare


Product test; Trix HO locomotive wheel cleaner

by Peter
Categories: HO Gauge, Model Railways, Product test, Trix
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One of the biggest problems with operational model railways is keeping the track and locomotives clean and running smoothly, to this end I have acquired this Trix locomotive wheel cleaner to test.


Although classed as HO gauge this works just as well with OO gauge as well as narrow gauges based on 16.5 mm track.

The unit is simple and self contained and literally just sits on the track.


The unit has also dovetails either end to join more than on together for longer drive trains.

On test I used a small loco known to be a problem with dirty wheels and just touched is on the brushes the loco sparked into life and run it for about 30 seconds, trying it on the test track it ran well, a further 30 seconds and it ran like new.


At a cost of about £21 depending where you are this is more than worth it, I have since done many older loco’s with dirty wheels some a lot worse than this little example, all in all a good solid usable tool and come highly recommended by us.

To buy one of these click on the link below and for £20.95 post free.

Trix HO Locomotive Wheel Cleaning Brush # 66602