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


Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Passenger Coaches - Mind The Gap

The 'system' includes 9 passenger coaches all of which are in excellent nick.

It would have helped identify them if each different coach design produced by Hornby Dublo had a unique serial number. Instead they liked to recycle the numbers, which wasn’t very authentic if you want my opinion……you don’t huh?

Two of the coaches are included in the lovely Duchess of Atholl boxed set. Two others are still in their original boxes. The rest of them are easier to set on the rails!

Let’s have a look at them:

First on the track:

W3984 Standard British Rail coach. (brown & cream)
Composite type (plastic roof and running gear with metal chassis)
All the seats have been freshly cleaned, but I did notice a BR coffee cup under one of the tables.
Immaculate condition

W15870 First Class British Rail coach (brown & cream)
Composite type (plastic roof and running gear with metal chassis)
Matching W3984 and also in top notch condition.

Can you remember when the introduction of plastic into these toys was heralded as a breakthrough! “silent action wheels” “whisper quiet” and we all clamoured for this new substance. Then as you get a bit older you start saying things like – “They don’t make ‘em like they used to – you know”.

Dear Marjory - Is there something I can take for this?

The following two coaches are included in EDP2 train set with Duchess of Atholl
Both are all metal construction and barring very slight scuffing (no paint damage though) they are in very good condition

M4193 ‘The Royal Scot’ in the London Midland and Scottish livery

M4183 1st and 3rd (the snob & donkey) classes also in the LMS colours.

Next on the agenda:

M26133 corridor/guard coach (low-life class) + ticket gorilla/guard compartment WR? (red & cream)
The coach is very good with only minor marks.

W34881 Third Class corridor coach with guard compartment (brown and cream)
Metal chassis and roof, but with those whispering plastic wheels you love best.

The coach is very good with only minor marks to its detriment and very few cigarette burns on the tables.

M4183 1st and 3rd classes (the snobs always hated these ‘mixed’ coaches and would loiter in the doors waiting for a space in the 1st class only coach) This one is in the London Midland and Scottish livery and matches the Duchess of Atholl train. ....if cardboard boxes really get your juices flowing, it still has its original Hornby Dublo box which is in beautiful condition…..sigh!


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26133 3rd (plebian) class corridor coach in LMS livery complete with spittoons and wooden bench seats.
Another one for the Duchess to pull if you have a station large enough.
These LMS coaches are from an early era and don’t have any nancy-boy plastic stuff. Noisy as hell on the rails – just the way I like ‘em.

M4183 1st class WR coach (red and cream)
All metal construction, except for the wheels, which are chewable. It’s not just in really good condition though - it's in BONZA good condition mate! This gleaming beauty comes in the original box (I think it's original - it's red with white stripes, says it's for 2 or 3 rail and cost the princely sum of 13/9. If you don't hail from the wet and crowded isle of Great Britain, you probably have no idea how much that is - perhaps I will talk about money next time.

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