I have always maintained that I collect and play with toy trains because that is what they were made for. They are not super detailed and you have to use your imagination to believe that they represent real trains . Nothing wrong with that.
However I believe I may have hit a new High or Low depending where you are coming from with one of my latest acquisitions. There were two die cast locos on ebay for silly money which I bid on and won, 2 locos for under £25.00 including postage.
On receiving them it was obvious that both had mechanisms from modern Hornby converted to three rail and they both ran very well.
Research on the web showed that the 0-6-0T was definitely a very early Budgie die cast push along loco vaguely based on a Jinty but with a cab roof based on a high rise block rather than a steam engine. In fact if you go to Budgie Diecast Toys websites and there are a few the only model they show is a British Railways version in red or green but which is based on a different casting. I did find a green LMS version but it must have been sold and as I forgot to bookmark it I can’t find it again but I think that it was Budgie or a forerunner of this company. Clearly mine has been repainted, not very well in BR Black but with the LMS and the number embossed in the diecast. As already mentioned it is a good runner despite having a strange 3 rail pick up conversion which is 2 parts but traverses points and X crossings with no trouble.
The other one remains a mystery. It is a diecast 0-4-0T, dock shunter type with the Hornby mechanism which has outside cylinders but no clear indication as to whether the original engine had this feature.
I have tried to find it on Google but without any luck so far. This one runs really well and looks good. Again the painting is poor and there are no numbers and it seems to have the mechanism for working an Autotrailer on the side of the boiler. This has the same type of 3 rail pick up as the Jinty.
Anyone out there got any ideas on the manufacturer. Click on the picture to get a bigger version. Comments are always open so if you have any ideas please post.
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Hi, i believe the 0-4-0 dock shunter is a dinky toys train body.
I found a link to a website with a pic
Well done, many thanks it does look like it is and it shows the air compressor on the side. I will do a bit more searching but I think that you have cracked it. Interesting pair of locos one Budgie and one Dinky toys both motorised by modern Hornby.
A little late in the day but a couple of points.
The Budgie is interesting and presumably an early attempt. Most came in red with a better proportioned cab lettered ‘BRITISH RAILWAYS’ embossed on the tank sides and numbered 7417 IIRC. Incidently the original has a push along chassis with flanged wheels, but even narrower gauge than 00 .
The Dinky loco is AFAIK the Dublo starter loco body cast in mazak. Usually (always?) in Blue lettered ‘G E R’. There were two wagons to match A diecast version of the Dublo SD6 open wagon in yellow and a continental type high sided wagon in red. They run on Dublo type wheels on wobbly thin axles.
Another diecast toy to look for is the Gaiety N2 on a push along chassis. I bought one new many years ago in BHS for 3/6d. The body was green and sat on a 2-4-0T chassis with all wheels flanged. Failure to negotiate Dublo curves led to its retirement.
It would probably fit on a Dublo chassis, but I’ve never tried.