Perhaps not? **
fbb, meanie that he is, tries to buy most of his model railway "stuff" second hand, or pre-owned as we have to say nowadays. A company which makes the best fist of displaying such wares is Hattons of Liverpool. And they were advertising back in 1955.
fbb has no shares in the company but has been a very satisfied customer.
But let us go back 60 years! Hornby Dublo were the connoisseur's toy trains. They had an extra rail for electrical pick-up (three rail), they were made of metal and exuded quality. Then along came two-rail Triang and started producing cheaper models in plastic. Early efforts were of poor quality ...
... with sides that buckled with age and they had poor underframe detail. But set against this was equally coarse detail from Hornby with printed tinplate sides and similarly poor underwear.
Anyway, on with fbb's Tale of a Truck. Poring one day over Hatton's on-line catalogue, he came across one of these ...
... at a frightening £6.50! A modern, much more accurate, version (look lovingly on that underframe "stuff"! - click on the pic to enlarge) would cost you over £22! OUCH.
So fbb ordered the £6.50 second hand truck in a fit of misplaced nostalgia. For the record, the 1955 retail price was about 4/- (20p). Inflated to 2015 prices his would be about £5; i.e. NOT £6.50 and certainly very not £22.
But, on the third day, it duly arrived in a pack with some other goodies; Hattons, three cheers for efficiency.
But what a disappointment ...
** P.S. For those lacking the privilege of A and S level English at Northampton Grammar School, Swift's somewhat perplexing satire is actually called "A Tale of a Tub".
Next truck blog : Monday 8th June