Live steam

Alexandra Palace and the London Model Engineer exhibition. A little sparser than previously and slightly less interesting. Still worth an afternoon out though.

Always like the live-steam railway exhibits. This is a gauge 1 layout using miniature real coal in a real miniature firebox with an authentic coal-fired aroma!

There is a minor campaign to persuade Hornby to reintroduce their real steam 00-gauge models.

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January 2018 (toys)

Very sparse at the first toyfair of the year

A couple of bits of 3-rail track and another pair of buffers, another TPO coach and a Corgi bus. Not too terrible a haul and not much money.

In the meantime, the collection of first issue matchbox toys continues with No. 6a Quarry Truck (production 1956-1958), scale probably 1:100 or smaller. This one came with a repro box but was very reasonably priced. Box could be better though.

Toyfair: 3-rail

Missed several toyfair events this year (again!). So pleased to get to one recently.

Not the best-ever event but added a couple of bits of track and the parcels van from the Royal Mail accessory set. When complete this had a trackside ‘trigger’ which enabled sacks of mail to be deposited and removed from the car, via the chutes towards the rear, whilst the train was in motion.

Three rail

Finally managed to obtain a 1950s 3-rail loco at not too bad a price.  Thus I now have a (very small) working layout.

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I would have preferred one in LMS livery but they are harder to come by and usually more expensive. It makes a nice train-like clickety-clack noise  probably due to almost every part being metal, unlike the plastic of later 2-rail systems. There’s something about these early Hornby products…they have more character than later models.

The wooden station is actually O-scale and came as an addition to a Hornby clockwork set. (Passenger set No. 21) many years ago.

More Toyfair bits & bobs

Very foggy autumnal evening. Some bargains available, but not very well attended and some regular sellers still absent. But it makes for a reasonably pleasant way to pass an hour or two.

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And here we have; a 1950s Hornby-Dublo cast signal box, a 1960s Airfix 2-6-2 tank loco kit, (both OO scale), a modern Matchbox Yesteryears Citroen H-type van (approx 1/43 scale) and a Majorette 1/60 scale Ford Model A van (McVities livery), which appears to be a copy of the 1980s “Matchbox” casting. Total outlay GBP10, not too bad.