Corgi Versus Dinky
It seems unlikely that many of today's diecast model vehicles will be whizzed around dirt roads in thr back garden as were those of a chubby little fbb, Mind you, Neighbour Keith Bonham's collection of lorries, tractors and trailers were only enjoyed on his bedroom floor. Loaded and unloaded with tiny bundles of cut-short matchsticks, Keith ran a busy haulage business from a cardboard warehouse under the bed. fbb was seethingly jealous, aged 9.
The opinion on the street was that Corgis were superior to Dinkys ...
Mettoy Playcraft Ltd was the name of a range of toys manufactured in Northampton and Fforestfach Swansea, between the 1930s and 1980s. The Mettoy (Metal Toy) company was founded in 1933 by German émigré Philip Ullmann and was later joined by South African-born German Arthur Katz who had previously worked for Ulmann at his toy company Tipp and Co of Nuremberg. The firm made a variety of lithographed metal wind-up toys.
The company was sold in 1984 with the assets of the company transferred to Corgi Toys but it folded shortly after.
The Playcraft side of the company came to fbb's notice as he was firstly researching and then amassing a collection of OO gauge tank wagons. It appeared that Playcraft offered two such, one four-wheeled ...... and one with bogies.
Photos of real life versions are rare but, inevitably, there is an on-line enthusiast who has documented every wagon from the TW, TWF and TWX classes ...... all of which were owned or operated by Victorian Railways.
But when fbb spotted a Playcraft bogie tank wagon on offer on EBay at a modest price (sadly slightly marred by rip-off postage charges) ...... fbb just had to press the "buy now" button and excitedly await its arrival.
The model duly arrived but it did spark a certain amount of mystery and confusion.
Tomorrow's blog will reveal all; possibly with too much post festive excitement!
Red Arrow Revolutionary Re-Routeing
Sadly, the ticket machines were unreliable, the turnstliles were slow and eventually the Red Arrows (of which there were many) became normal buses. By the time the tanner had inflated to 20p, the bosses decided that the 500 should morph into a shoppers bus as well as a commuter short hop.There was a leaflet (remember them?) and a map ...