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New Zealand Hornby Railway Collectors` Association

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Three 0 gauge versions in toy/model form of a `Schools` class locomotive of the Southern Railway of England.    Top – A modern production made by Ace Trains.  This a scale model but able to run on coarse scale  train tracks.    Mainly intended for adult collectors/operators.   Has electric motor.

   Middle -  The Hornby version made by Meccano Ltd from 1937 until WW2 stopped production.  Not to scale in many details and simplified.   Can be regarded as a superior toy,  but is 74 years earlier than the loco above and cleverly used standardised parts that were also used in other Hornby locomotives.    Had the option of clockwork or electric power.

Bottom -  Made by Mettoy,  late 1930s and into the early 1950s.  A pure toy of modest cost and intended for youngsters.   No pretence at being scale but good enough to make a child happy!  Clockwork power only.   Made in two versions, one with reversible motor. 



A good example of mainly Hornby 0 gauge clockwork trains of the lower end of the scale. One foot radius track allowing plenty of action in minimum space. Two tracks, plus storage sidings, and accessories and scenic effects. Hornby M0, and M1, plus Type 30 trains, all postwar production between the end of the war and 1964. A Chad Valley train can also be seen.


Unique Art were an American toy making firm, but only made toy trains for three years. 1949 to 1951. Here is their large diesel-electric style locomotive. Unique Art trains were very cheap and great value for money when new. A small range of rolling stock was made, and a steam shape locomotive with the choice of clockwork or electric power. The clockwork loco was a great example of tinprinting, with many bright colours..


    When Ferris designed their C36 locomotive it is probable that they had thoughts on including some portions of Walschaertes  valve gear operating rods etc.  Clues to  this  are the dummy eccentrics on the coupling rods  (even though this would be quite wrong!)  and  provision  on the cylinders for valve rods.    I fitted some simple  rods  to my locomotive to check the effect.    No attempt was  made to make the other parts of the gear,  namely  combination  levers and Union links  etc.      It is doubtful  that Ferris would have bothered with these  anyway .  The Ferris  has incorrect alignment of the cylinders and driving wheel  centres  so  there is little room for the dummy expansion link  but I have squeezed in a short link.  What I have done is  not of high standard , but adequately  gives  an idea of how the loco would have looked if Ferris had decided to fulfill  what must have been their  original intention.


Something a purist would not do! An American made Marx locomotive coupled to Hornby Pullmans. The Pullmans are prewar.


Two Hornby tank locomotives (20 volt motors) from the 1930s.  They are lettered NZR for New Zealand Railways.  Type E120  at left, type LST120 at right.  The LST120 has the French style motor, predating by a year the introduction of the English 20 volt motors by Hornby.


J.S.Lowry was a famous British painter.   He painted a picture of a level crossing.   The locomotive was a bit odd.  Evidently he borrowed a Hornby No.1 tank engine to copy!


Crossovers on three rail Hornby and Middleton track.


Lionel Company produced just after the war a magazine called `Model Builder`. Included were plans for homemade items such as cardboard buildings, rolling stock etc. This Signal Tower is one of these. ********************************************************************

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