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Where did the last year go? September 2018 and another exhibition in Enfield for Lone star
As always my small collection was on display.
A few new additions since last year along with the electric rotating turntable in the centre of the picture below, ran all day without issues.
The space commanders, construction and farm section is much the same as last year.
Great show again although did notice a lack of Treblo electric Lone star train layouts, so during the day I decided to build one for next year, to that end I bought my first lot of track and rolling stock for Lone Star Treblo electric.
This project will be quite secretive as I want the unveiling next September and I know certain people may otherwise see what I’m up to before then, although some updates will be posted.
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
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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.
A few recently acquired diecast vehicles come from a company called Fun Ho! and made in New Zealand.
These are ‘Matchbox’ sized and although simple castings have the same appeal as early Matchbox in my opinion.
Firstly two Fun Ho Landliner buses.
Although not the same they have the echo of the Matchbox Greyhound buses about them.
Another I have is the Bedford TK milk tanker, one of a few different liveries.
The chassis length suggests it may of been designed for a rigid truck as it looks to long, although may of been just designed that way.
Text below from Wikipedia
Fun-Ho! Toys were a brand of diecast toy cars and trucks manufactured and distributed by Underwood Engineering Co. Ltd. of Inglewood, New Zealand. Production was started by Jack Underwood about 1935 and continued until 1982.
One interesting aspect in the casting of Fun Ho! toys is that when a changeover from lead was made, the logical industry choice of zamac or similar zinc alloy was passed up and most Fun Ho! toys are made of aluminium.
To read more on this brand visit Wikipedia
Crescent Toys are probably better known for their older models from the mid sixties and earlier, between 1975 and 1980 a series of diecast trucks based on the French Berliet were produced, little information is available on these or the model range, therefore only what I know as fact has been added to this article.
It all started with the Crescent concrete mixer.
I do like the simplicity of these models, along with Lone Star and Triang of the time, many makers followed a generic route although it has been said these Crescent trucks are based on the French Berliet trucks as already mentioned.
Using the same basic chassis a selection of pickup type trucks were also produced, two of them seen below.
The military cargo truck would of had a moulded plastic canvas cover. and could of been numbered as 1260.
The exhausts are very susceptible to being broken off.
The trucks also have a plastic drop down tailgate, I have seen another coloured version in lime green.
The Recovery crane is the fourth one I have and was also in the military green, this would of has black gas bottles in the recess holes in the back, seen below.
All the number plate are the same CTC 53N making it 1975.
In 1980, Crescent Toys was bought up by DCMT and the name disappeared.
Updated; There was also a tipper although as yet I haven’t found one, a picture of an old Ebay listing has been found on Google (see below).
Another generic truck from the same production period, 1975, is shown below, this is so far the only version I’ve seen, even has the same number plate as the models above.