The Collection - The Disease

Dear Marjorie - My husband is 46 years old and spends most of his time playing with toy trains. He doesn't pay any attention to me these days.

Dear M - You have my deepest sympathy! Unfortunately, this condition is well known and is usually terminal. Very few people ever fully recover. However, you can turn this situation to your advantage! Trainaholics are so oblivious to their surroundings that you can bring as many men back to the house as you want - your man will never know!

Whatever you do though, don't get rid of your train fanatic - they are notoriously good at paying the bills! Blessings

When I first read this letter in a women's magazine I was shocked, devastated, mortified........

It took me a while to comprehend the truth in these words, but I am determined to 'clean up' my act.

No more trains!

The disease started .......... continue reading my incredibly boring history


Saturday, February 14, 2009

EDG7 - Boxed Set

Boxed Set EDG7

This is one of the most basic outfits produced by Hornby Dublo. It was probably the most popular of all the early boxed sets.

The locomotive is the same N2 class seen in LNER colours in the previous post, but in the British Railways black and red livery.

The only history I can find about the chuffer are references to a couple of photographs:

One taken on 26th may 1951 outside the Doncaster sheds and held in the BR collection and the other one in a private collection taken in 1956 at Wood Green (presumably the 'Palace Gates' in London and not the West Midlands station).

Have you wilted yet from the profundity of my knowledge?

I grew up with a back garden that ended at a railway line. I spent hours, years, decades even, wandering that line and walked it from end to end on more than one occasion. Not the busiest line in the world though.... in fact, no trains have ever passed that way during my lifetime! The track had been ripped up and the resulting straight trail is now called 'The Weavers Way'. So I didn't spend my youth covered in soot smuts from watching the passing trains (and in any case they were diesel).

In other words, I don't spend every Thursday evening in the pub with other trainspotters discussing the relevance of coal tender sizing, I am not a font of railway trivia - I'm a researcher!

So enough the ramblings and on with the show:

Accompanying the tank locomotive 69567 are the following trucks:

..and it's all packaged in the original (not a replica!) cardboard box! WOW!

Actually, my wit dries up here a little, because the box is in remarkably good condition, which would tend to indicate that the set was not taken out and put back again on a daily basis, it presumably belonged to a more enthusiastic 'child' who had a baseboard where it could be left be set up.

The state of the locomotive would indicate that this train set received more use than average and the paintwork is a little scarred in places.

The rolling stock is however, all very clean with very few marks and no dents. They are all metal construction with no chewable parts, indicating an early date of manufacture.

Hornby Dublo first introduced the 00 gauge train set in 1938, having made a huge success of Meccano. The plastic wheels and coupling didn't appear until 1957, somewhat after their rival companies and Hornby Dublo was usurped from it's position as the number one toy train maker.

British Rail livery was not introduced by Hornby Dublo until 1953, but it wasn't until the following year that freight sets included the BR colours. This set therefore, dates from between 1954 and 1957.

You can click on any of the images for a closer view. Just hit the 'back' button to return to the blog.

Once again the set is without the controller as the controllers are mounted with transformers.

What's in the box?

EDL7 BR N2 Class Tank Loco 69567
High sided wagon - green
Box van with white roof
Guards/brake van with grey roof
8 x large radius curve rails
2 x full straight rails
Original box in excellent condition.
(the warranty is missing as is the controller, oil bottle and one of the cardboard inserts for the loco - oh no!)

I'll let you have a sleep now after all this excitement, but don't miss out on the next thrilling installment!

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