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Dinky, Midland mobile bank

by Peter
Categories: Buses & Coaches, Dinky, Ford
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An unusual subject for the article today is the Dinky Midland mobile bank.


This was number 280 and issued around 1966.


I picked this up years ago and fully intended to restore it, but was made an offer for it so sold it on, in fact I forgot all about it until these pictures came up in an old file on the computer so decided to post them before they are filed away again.


The vehicle consists of a strong van body, externally paneled in aluminium, built onto a Ford Thames P.S.V. chassis of the type normally used for passenger carrying coaches, and measures 26ft. long by 7 ft. 6 in. wide by 10 ft. 9 in. high.

Article from the October 1966 issue of the Meccano Magazine.



Ford D series trucks

by Peter
Categories: Corgi Juniors, Diecast models, Ford, Husky, Matchbox, Trucks
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The Ford D series pre-dates the Ford Cargo and was as common on the British road as the Bedford TK  in the 1960′s

Matchbox used this Ford truck for some of it’s trucks starting with the King Size range.

First we have one of the oldest, the Ford tractor unit with Dyson low loader complete with it’s Case tractor load, Matchbox number K17.

Released in about 1967 with a red Case tractor, my orange Case tractor is from a later set with Superfast wheels, the later Superfast version had a lime green Dyson trailer and a red Ford tractor unit, this was designated as a D800.

Ford D series 4

Using the same Ford D800 tractor unit, the K20 Tasker transporter with it’s tractor load also was released about the same time as the Dyson low loader, it came with three Matchbox tractors No39, again mine is a made up set and includes three different Ford tractor colour versions.

Ford D series 3

The Ford D series continued into the Superfast era and both the above models were included albeit different colours and renamed Superkings.

In 1978 Matchbox released K19,  a Ford D series as a security truck, these came complete with gold bullion load and cart.

The trucks rear door has a combination lock and these came in various liveries, the two below are ‘Group 4′ and ‘Fort Knox’

Ford D series 1

In 1981, the security truck was released as K88 and had the addition of a slot in the roof of the body and sold as a money box, the versions I’ve seen have a red cab and black glass along with a Matchbox sticker and the wording ‘Save your money with me’.

In 1979 another truck was released, this is K40 and just called ‘Ford D Series’ no doubt many other body options were planned for the chassis, the cab is the same casting as the above security trucks and this would be classed as a curtain side truck with the Pepsi livery and comes with a loaded pallet.

Ford D series 2

On a smaller scale Matchbox also released a few Ford D Series in the 1-75 series, below we have No70, grit spreading truck released in 1966 and No7, Refuse truck released in 1967, both of these  changed to Superfast in 1970 and withdrawn in 1972.

Ford D series 5

Husky also had a few Ford D Series trucks, below is the low loader, No2003 and came with No23  loader shovel, you can find our previous article on this set Here . Husky also made a car transporter with this cab unit, No2002 and a Articulated Removal Van, No 2004

Ford D series 6

Corgi Juniors also released one and called this the Ford  D1000, number 54, although not an accurate depiction of the D series.

Ford D series 7


The real Ford D series trucks


The Ford D-Series was a range of middle weight trucks introduced by Ford of Britain in 1965. It replaced the Thames Trader and appears to have been envisaged as a more modern competitor to the Bedford TK produced by General Motors’ UK truck subsidiary.

In 1965 the range covered rigid trucks with gross weights from 5.2 to 12.75 British tons, and tippers from 10.8 to 12.75 tons. Higher gross weights became available with the subsequent introduction of versions featuring twin rear axles and articulated models were also quickly added to the range.

Text from Wikipedia

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Nylint, Spirit of the Road, Express

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Categories: Ford, Nylint, Pressed Steel toys, Trucks
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I picked this up as incomplete at  a local boot sale in Essex, I did think twice as it is huge, when the seller said I could have it for £5.00, how could I say no.


This is a pressed steel truck from the States and measures 21 inches long so a big scaled truck


The big square holes in the top, I thought, was something missing, but in fact it came like that, what is actually missing is the chromed air horns from the cab roof and the exhaust stacks from the rear of the cab.

Here is a picture of one I found boxed while researching this brand, as you can see the holes in the cab and trailer roof are not filled.



Pressed steel toys by the Ny-lint (later Nylint) Tool and Manufacturing Company of Rockford,
Illinois are consider by many as among the best American toys ever manufactured. Their line
included literally hundreds of models of construction equipment, trucks, and cars.

Especially during the 1950’s and 60’s, Nylint toys were often faithful replicas of real pieces of
machinery and automobiles made by leading US manufacturers. In fact, many people are of the
opinion that Nylint’s toy Ford Econolines and their F-Series Ford trucks were actually better
than their real-life counterparts!

Text on Nylint from For more on this brand see

The real trucks

Based on the 1970′s Ford CL-9000 cabover


Skip Trucks

by Peter
Categories: Bedford, Corgi Juniors, Diecast models, Ford, Husky, Leyland, Majorette, Matchbox, Scania, Trucks
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Skip lorries, it seems, have been around forever but didn’t really hit the streets in the UK until the 60′s

Diecast makers  have made many trucks over the years a few are below.

Firstly we have the Matchbox Superkings number K28 and released in 1977 and based on a Bedford TM truck chassis

Much later in 1985 this truck evolved into a Leyland truck using the same skip body and the same skip, this is number K123 and has vastly improved wheels with front steering, although the amber roof beacons seem to be lost in the holes provided in the casting

On the smaller scale Matchbox created a Ford Cargo skip truck and made available in different colour versions, numbered MB45 and with later type wheels, released in 1986 and made in Thailand.

An earlier Matchbox skip truck was a rather futuristic design and numbered 37 and released back in 1977, this one is still easy to get in many different colours.

Below an early Husky skip truck based on the Bedford TK and complete with a diecast skip, this was numbered as 27 and Released in 1964 and  withdrawn in 1969, it was briefly part of the Corgi Juniors range too.

Corgi Juniors also made a Ford skip truck but this time based on the Ford D1000 from the 60′s, numbered 54 and listed as a Ford Container Truck.

And lastly one from the French diecast maker Majorette based on a Scania chassis, numbered 222 and listed as Multibenne

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Joal Skip truck

Dinky Marrel multi-bucket

Dinky Convoy skip truck


The real trucks

History of the skip

In 1914, Antoine Marrel, a Berthier car dealer at St-Etienne with a passion for mechanics, dedicated his time and skills to developing a lifting/hanging device. It was the beginning of a great story, and in 1919 The Societe Bennes Marrel was created. The company acquired its fame by launching the very first dumpster activated with cables and gallows.
The Marrel Multibenne or multibucket was designed by Antoine Marrel himself.

It was in the 1960s that the skip as we know it came into its own, beginning its 50-year rise as the bulk waste disposal method of choice for both the domestic and the commercial markets.

Back in the early 1920s the shipping industry in Southport began to use a type of container that loosely resembled a skip and which was removed by a petrol-engine lorry as opposed to the horse-drawn refuse carts that were commonly used throughout the town. For most commercial waste disposal, however, tipper wagons remained the most common option. These were delivered to site by a team, which waited while it was hand or machine loaded before removing it again. The result, however, was the effective double handling of rubbish and the wasting of the delivery team’s time while the wagon was loaded.

By the time the 1960s arrived, the boom in real estate development coupled with an expanding industrial sector meant that volumes increased and time became precious, leading to the development of the modern day skip. These were originally developed in Germany and were adopted by a London company called George Cross & Co., which quickly set about introducing the concept to a ready and willing UK market.

The original skips came in a “one-size-fits-all” format of around six cubic yards and remained that way for many years until skip hire companies embraced the changing needs of the market and developed a range of sizes shapes to suit different uses and waste volumes.