My Oldest Loco

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by 60103, Oct 9, 2008.

  1. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    I have 2 contenders for oldest loco on my layout. I don't know when they were made, exactly, as they were second (at least) hand when I found them.

    First a cast FA. No manufacturer name anywhere. Sorry the first picture isn't the best. The othr picture shows the underside and you can see where the Zamak is starting to fracture.

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  2. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    The other loco is a British Railways N2 tank engine, ex-LNER, Exx-GN.
    Again, not sure of manufacturer -- dealer said Triang but I don't think so. Not Hornby Dublo.
    Note that it's clockwork. The lettering suggests sometime after 1948, but not much past the early 50s.
    The N2 class ran suburban (commuter) trains out of King's Cross, and I think many started down in the underground system. The common load was 2 quad-arts (4 articulated coaches). ("600 Englishmen, hurtling through the rain, hating each other."):mrgreen:

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  3. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    It looks like a Hobby Town drive. Did Cary ever make a die cast Fa?
  4. Squidbait

    Squidbait Recovering ALCO-holic


    Is the shell on the FA1 metal or plastic? It may be Lionel, but the drive looks more Varney-ish to me.

    The steamer is definitely Triang. It's a model R51, released between 1951 and 1953.
  5. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

    Hi David,
    The FA is an old John English loco. If it were a plastic shell it would be a Hobby Line.
    Lionel did buy the dies from these locos and used them (in modified form) to produce the shells for their FA loco.
  6. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    The FA is a very solid cast metal shell. The drive is an open frame motor on one truck, 2 gears down to the drive shaft and a connection to the other truck.
    The coupling on the N2 doesn't look like Triang -- it's just a loop, closer to the pre-war HD, but without the prongs. It could take one of those shett metal hooks, L-shaped.
  7. Squidbait

    Squidbait Recovering ALCO-holic

    I take that back, partly. I think you have a later version of the 0-6-2 Trackmaster, released by Pyramid toys, rather than the first Triang run.
  8. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Thanks squidbait. I was trying to remember that name. (I was tending towards Gaiety). I looked in my Triang book, but they showed one with early BR herald and Mk 2 couplings.
    And now I know that mine is the later Trackmaster version, where everything became cruder.
  9. MadHatter

    MadHatter Charging at full tilt.

    Whenever I've seen thos old FA's they're always painted in strange colours.
  10. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Fortunately, mine is painted in standard Great Western colours. :wave:

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