Taxi!!

The fountain in the Strand entrance to the Savoy Hotel, London. It is said that the extremely tight turning circle of the London black cabs was developed so they could negotiate the sweep around the fountain in one movement, without the need to reverse.

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Toy fair

Missed a toyfair visit again earlier in the year due to being unwell. So with a bit of an effort, I made the most recent one. It was not well attended by either buyers or sellers and there was no opportunity to add to my Hornby 3-rail items.

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So, a Matchbox 1-75 series ERF Horsebox (1957-64) and although it looks the same size (if not scale) what is actually a Matchbox Yesteryears series (first issue) Sentinel Steam Wagon…of about the same vintage. Outlay of ‘virtually no money at all’. Pleasing overall.

 

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.