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 16, 2009

Tank Wagons - Very Aufentic!

Authentic... that's probably the best way to describe these wagons. This means they are best categorized by their scruffiness. Presumably in the real world, new tank wagons are pre-scratched and beaten to make them fit in with the rest of the train. Have YOU ever seen a shiny, new tank wagon on the rails? I thought not!

It would actually be interesting to hear form anyone who used to take chipping hammer to the new tanks and then spray them with oily mud.

Anyway, I digressed. Again. I must be hell to live with!

Here are some photos of wagons not so fresh off the Hornby Dublo production line

A Couple of Pics of the Hornby Dublo Power Ethyl Tank Wagon

Condition - many small scratches, but no structural damage nor any parts bent or missing.

Two Photographs of the Hornby Dublo Esso Tank Wagon

Condition - Slightly better than the Power Ethyl wagon. Nothing severe or structural. Certification for carrying dangerous goods shouldn't be a problem.

I have taken shots from both sides of the tanks so you can see how evenly the scruffiness has been distributed. The following Royal Daylight tank even comes in it original protective box, which is (choke..) in such delightful condition! Not so Mr Royal Daylight though. As you can see this little baby is showing signs of too many years in a nice damp English house. A little corrosion has broken out on the ends (authentic).

Hornby Dublo Royal Daylight Tank Wagon

Condition - some corrosion at the ends. Some minor scrathces (very similar to scratches in case you weren't learnt that in skool) Nuffink structural wrong wiv it.

The set also features two assembled plastic Airfix kits of the Esso tank wagon. One of them is 'distressed' shall we say. the other is quite reasonable. Both wagons should be left to rot in a siding on your layout though. Even though they have been weighted, they don't travel well and they don't make any track noise.

Two Airfix Esso Tank Wagons

All in all, not a good representation of the Hornby Dublo fleet. We shall make amends though!

1 comment:

  1. These fuel tank was extremely superb and nice. I like to see such kind of toys. This one from Airfix was awesome and Airfix really manufacture great toys.