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Essex Models and Miniatures archive
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
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
The red crane with the white jib is new and bought at the show, boxed and mint.
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.
A few static diecast Treblo layouts showing a vast number of the range that was available by Lone Star.
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.
Even more Lone Star weapons.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today, the 3rd July 2013 is quite special because the world steam speed record was created on July 3, 1938, 75 years ago by Mallard, a London and North Eastern Railway, (LNER) ‘A4’ class locomotive, and this event is being celebrated at the National Railway Museum (NRM) York.
There are six remaining A4 locomotives left and all will be together for the first and possibly the last time this July.
The ‘Great Gathering’ of the six A4s starts on July 3 and runs to July 17 in the Great Hall of the NRM at York and is free. Model makers Hornby have sponsored the Mallard 75 series while HRH, The Prince of Wales is Patron of Mallard 75, the title of the museum’s celebratory season of activities marking the anniversary.
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Below is My fathers old A4 Made by Hornby, ‘Sir Nigel Gresley’ and is one of the old three rail Hornby Dublo locomotives with a heavy diecast body.
Related pages; My model railway project
The real A4 Mallard under steam back in the 1980′s
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