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


Monday, March 30, 2009

Low Sided Wagons

Sometimes I have to work for a living and sometimes I work for love and occasionally I find time to post on my blogs!

Low Sided Wagons

Over the years my train set has accrued some impostors amongst the rolling stock. Some have been built from kits, most notably Airfix kits and others have been inherited, purchased or otherwise purloined from other sources. One or two items could be described as rather tacky, so any Hornby Dublo purists reading this will have to close their eyes occasionally or have a handful of sedatives nearby.

21T Single Bolster 8920022 (genuine HD)

This wagon bears a few of the minor scars expected from use in a busy railway, but is intact and undamaged. Plastic wheels dates this truck as post '58.

SNCF Low Sided Bogie (Juoef/Playcraft impostor!)

Quite how this one came into being I don't recall, but it's plastic construction, non-Hornby Dublo coupling and French National Railways logo make a it a bit of a mismatch. Maybe it can be swapped at an international model railway swap-shop!

Generally in good nick. Nothing broken or bent and no paint to scratch.

30T Bogie Bolster M720550

Here's a strange thing (If you find this at all interesting, you can be classed as a sad git like me!)...... This is a genuine Dublo bogie bolster wagon in a Trix Twin box bogie bolster box! What do you make of that?

Once again, it's in good condition barring the few paint wounds. No damage or dents. Lovely metal wheels - feel that quali'y Sir!

Low Sided Wagon with cable Drums - M486

Here's the genuine article! A low-sider complete with cable drums AND in a very nice piece of cardboard. You won't find better than this to idle away a winter's evening in the loft!..... maybe you would, but your private loft-life is your own business.

A few minor chips and a slight wrinkle on the cable drum covers is all that can be classed as imperfect with this little beauty. Metal wheels too and just look at that boX!

To finish off with we have another couple of all plastic objets d'art.

STVA Car Transporter and Low Bed Bogie Wagon (Jouef/Playcraft)

The car transporter supports a handful of delightfully nasty little plastic cars that would put any christmas cracker or cereal packet novelty manufacturer to shame.

Although STVA is a French company, it also operates a fleet in Italy, Spain and the UK, by far the biggest overland car transport company in Europe, with some 4000 rail cars and 700 road transporters. The company began operations in 1950 and until the car manufacturers were sucked down the toilet bowl in the recent 'economic crisis' (don't get me started on this one), STVA was carrying something like 2.7 million plastic cars every year.

The second wagon is a low bed bogie wagon carrying a replica transformer (it's not live so you can't electrocute yourself! - no safety issues here..... except, of course, that the small parts may be swallowed so don't put them in your mouth, OK? and whilst on the subject, don't put your dog in the microwave to dry....)

These two Jouef wagons have the Dublo coupling so they can be trained...... if you so desire.

Plastic, unscratched, complete - what more can I say about them?

Let me root around for some more delectable Dublo truffles.
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