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Category: Tri-ang

Triang Hi-Way pressed steel truck

by Peter
Categories: Pressed Steel toys, Tri-ang
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In 1966 a new Tri-ang range of pressed steel vehicles which was the Hi-Way series and branded as ‘modern trucks for modern children’ was produced.

One I have is the tipper and pre-dates 1969 as the wheel centres changed in 1969 to a moulded centre rather than the flat disc.


Wheel type after 1969

triang wheel type 2

This Triang tipper  has been lightly restored, rather than re-painted, I have taken it apart a good clean including the glass and put back together, I think it looks better this way.


On the subject of glass, there are two types, the one above is a rigid  clear plastic and quite hard, the glass unit has the screen and back window attached by the top only an can crack easy, the second type had side pieces that can be seen through the side windows as seen below.

This type is a softer plastic and distorts over time as can also be seen in the picture close up.

triang windows

My second Truck would of had coloured wooden bricks in the back, again pre 1969.

Triang HiWay 4

Triang HiWay 5


Many collectors don’t like this later toy, although I like them as they stem from my era.

This series would continue through to the end of Tri-ang in 1973.


I have recently acquired a third truck for the collection, this is made after 1969 as it has the moulded plastic wheels.

Although unusual to get in such a good condition this one may have the body repainted to preserve it.


The top panel, I assume is missing so will form one from 3mm Perspex.


The operating back door needed a bit of easing to open and close due to rust and the inner floor will need treating if not re-painting.

Other than that it’s a nice find.


Tri-ang pressed steel cranes

by Peter
Categories: Pressed Steel toys, Tri-ang
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I have had a few people ask me why I have little or no Tri-ang branded models or toys on the website, and must admit it is a brand I have neglected to write about much although a few articles are already on here, (see links at bottom of this page) so to remedy that here we are.

Tri-ang was in fact a trading name of  Lines Bros Ltd, The brothers George and Joseph Lines made wooden toys in the Victorian era, their company being G & J Lines Ltd. Joseph was the active partner while George went into farming. Joseph had three sons, who formed Lines Bros Ltd soon after First World War. They were William, Walter and Arthur Lines. Three Lines making a triangle – hence Tri-ang.

Many changes were made to the company including buying out many others, see links below.

Known early on for their pressed steel toys many toys were made including various cranes.


This  Tri-ang crane is marked as a Jones KL44 crane, this Jones KL44 was Tri-ang’s  most successful crane . It was sold in three variations. With a bucket, with a Priestman grab and one with an electro magnetic grab with a  battery box with an on and off switch.


To see the complete Tri-ang crane range across the years see

Triang R.A.F. Jib crane released in 1962, below.

Triang crane

Related Tri-ang articles;

Triang, Spot-On, Meadows Frisky Sport

Triang, Spot-On, restoration

Tri-ang, Junior, pressed steel crane truck restoration

Triang/Hornby railways

Wikipedia, Lines Bros/ Tri-ang history

The real Jones KL44 crane


Related articles;  Marx, pressed steel cranes etc


Budgie 0-6-0 Locomotive

by Peter
Categories: Budgie, Diecast models, Diecast trains, Hornby, Locomotives, Tri-ang
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Most of the diecast cars and trucks I had as a kid, I now have I can still remember the basket they were kept in and even after forty odd years still have a clear image of what there was, one has eluded me mainly because I didn’t know the make it was  and while doing some research on Budgie diecast came across this on Ebay, my first thoughts was, “there it is” it was the Budgie tank loco in red just as I remember it, I just had to bid for it and got it for 99p.


This little loco is the Budgie N0224 and is the older version because the  name and number are cast on the sides, this later became decals, it is also 00 gauge and fits nicely on Hornby track.


The number on the sides, 7118 belongs to a larger 2-4-2 LNER Class F3 not to a Class 3F 0-6-0 as the casting suggests.

This could of been a research mess up at Budgie Toys, the casting designer could of asked someone to find a number for a 3F and by the time they found the reference books, got confused and picked a number for a F3, unfortunately we will never know for sure.

It did come in four colours and the picture below shows these, as well as red it came in green, bronze and black, I found the picture below on Vectis and these four in mint condition and boxed went for £60.00, I must admit if I had known I would of been bidding myself.

The boxes of the green and black one are the wrong way round as the earlier model is the green one with cast name and numbers, the box which goes with it is under the later black one.

The lettering on the earlier one was, I believe to be gold on the red version but the green one shows it to be silver, there is not much information on these so not absolutely sure what it should be.

As always if anyone knows better please contact me.

I’ve also had a number of these as Triang and Hornby loco’s in black and still have some in my own collection.


The real locomotive was known as ‘Jinty’ which is what I know it as but is actually a Fowler Class 3F 0-6-0 tank loco

For more on the real locomotive Click Here