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Essex Models and Miniatures archive
The last week has been mainly acquiring Triang products, not planned but mostly by chance.
The week culminating in a trip to Alexander Palace to a model railway exhibition which I hadn’t intended visiting, it was the idea of my other half as she is building a narrow gauge model railway and was looking for bits and pieces for it, so I tagged along.
During the week a few purchases arrived by post firstly a Triang Tugster diecast tractor I didn’t have and found by chance on Ebay
This has been added to the other Triang Tugsters
To see more information on the Triang Tugster range Click Here
Something I’ve been meaning to collect and not got around to is the Triang Minic ‘push-and-go’ series of trucks, this week two lots turned up at a reasonable price so bought them
Above shows just three versions, the tanker, cement truck and tarpaulin truck, the tarpaulin cover seems very similar if not the same as a Triang wagon load seen on the flat wagon although as I don’t have one can not confirm if it’s the same size.
Below are some of the RAF series including the same tanker as above
All of the trucks have a mechanism allowing it to run forward when pulled backwards, the trucks are all the same moulding with different loads.
The trip to Alexander Palace also yielded results, although mainly new stuff for sale I was surprised how many secondhand stalls there were, I wasn’t really looking for anything in particular for my model railway and rarely buy new stock anyway, but a few great item did catch my attention.
For some time I have been after the Triang ‘Davy Crocket’ old time locomotive but the one’s I’ve seen have been non-runners or missing parts, this one was complete and running.
I suppose now I should look out for the old time coaches.
My star buy was again found by chance and on a stall I had already looked at, this was partly hidden by other items and at first was not obviously Triang Minic Motorways as this is an early box.
The give away was a tiny Triang logo on the end of the box.
After checking is was complete and even had the original instructions, so I bought it.
Finally made up at home, although missing the plastic ramp if you don’t intend using it as part of the Minic Motorway system.
Triang Minic Motorway bus depot, second issue, mid sixties.
Although in the end was a good day out with many layouts on display, lots of innovations and a few good purchases.
To end a layout that caught my eye in O gauge old Hornby Meccano with the biggest display of Bayco buildings I have ever seen.
Found a new model shop within 20 minutes from home and sell just about everything you need, so went armed with a long list of paints, brushes, Plasticard and balsa that I have been meaning to re-stock for ages and couldn’t get locally, they had everything I wanted and very helpful as well, so if your in or near Chelmsford Essex call in to John Dutfield models and comes highly recommended by us.
On top of that they had lots of secondhand stock as well and came away with this little Hornby shunter from the 60′s
I have been trying to track down one of these for nearly 10 years as it was my first ever loco I bought as a kid and sold it a few years later.
The Hornby number of this Loco is R559 and just called 0-4-0 Diesel shunter and was released from 1963 to 1967, I do know the last of them had glass in the windows whether this just the later years I’m not certain, my first one did when I bought it in the 70′s.
It would of been a Triang Hornby model back then and is based on a NBL 200bhp 0-4-0 shunter, North British design.