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


Thursday, April 16, 2009

HIgh Sided Wagons

Let's cut the chin-wagging for a bit and slap some pictures in the scrapbook for you. I have rambled on quite a lot about rolling stock already and have spent far too much time working myself into a state of frothy excitation over the supposed contents of the trucks. Here then is a quick (relatively) look at high-sider's in the box:

NE 12T High Sided Wagon #404844

Green, no scratches or dents, metal wheels ....YES!, only a tiny bit of British weathering has adjusted the condition of this vehicle.

12T High Sided Wagon #M608344

Similar to the one above, but in a lovely grey tone ...? with realistic markings on the printed tin. What can I say? I'm trying to make it sound attractive! Oh - of course, it's genuine hornby dublo!

It's slightly more weathered than the green one and has a sticky mark where a decal was once peeled off. It'll come off, but I leave it on for authenticity sake. hmm?

Metal wheels! and someone (perhaps me) has added a few fake metal drums for cargo. I know some purists don't allow their rolling stock to carry anything that was not supplied by the manufacturer. Freaks! Weirdo's!

North Thames Gas 12T High Sided Truck - #357260

Ignoring the fact that it's an imposter made by Lima Trains and ignoring the fact that the coupling is incompatible with Hornby Dublo and ignoring the fact that it's the only Lima item in the set, push your prejudices aside and put your hands together for this lovely little MINT CONDITION truck! Never before rolled on the rails and still in it's box, which is a little scruffy on the corners, but that's because it's modern cheap rubbish cardboard.

It also cost 17p (as in 'pee'), so that makes it an early 1970's vintage.

Talking of vintage, if your digestion is up the spout like mine is...was? Acids and alkalis in your diet are probably out of balance! Click here to take a gander at tummy chemistry. Yep, you do actually have to cough up a little bit of cash for the knowledge of how to put your system back to rights, but no more than the cost of a wee book. It's bloomin' well worth it! Big sighhhhhhhhh!

Let's have another Hornby article:

LMS High Sided Coal Wagon with Genuine plastic anthracite coal insert! - #608344

What was wrong with the designers at Meccano? Couldn't they even think of a different number to paint on the side of a rail truck? Why does this wagon bear the same number as the grey one, yet it has London Midland & Scottish as its registered owner?

It's nice - ok? It has a few very minor scuffs - it's been played with - alright? That number thing has really put me a in a bad mood.

The box is fantastic - even I got the hots when I saw it! I feel better already.

Lock yourself in a cupboard with that one for a while then!

Last and most certainly the least, comes the the other Trackmaster thingymejig from Pyramid Toys mentioned in a previous post.

NE #83610 High Sided Truck by Trackmaster

Good quality card in a dull yellow colour - carefully peel open the little flap at one end and out pops one of the earliest plastic high sided wagons ever made!

Pyramid Toys was bought out by Rovex in 1951, because they wanted to get into the toy train market. Therefore this dates to pre-1951. Rovex traded as Tri-ang. Eventually all the model railway manufacturers would buy each other out and all would be called Hornby and nobody would know who owned what or who made what, but nobody would care anymore because they finally realized that somehow they had lost Hornby Dublo and that was the only train set that was worth playing with!

The last I heard, the executives had formed a cardboard box sniffing society and meet in a potting shed on Thursday evenings somewhere in Purley.

Here it is:

Nice heh? Decent condition too. Shame it's not a Dublo! Of course, the more astute readers of thisblog might notice that the box has a picture of a Box Van on the side. Don't let minor details like that destroy your life ok?

There. I think I stayed fairly well on track with this post and didn't tread on too many toes along the way.
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