In 1954 Meccano came up with one of the most iconic locos ever produced, both in real life and model form. The BR Standard Class 4 2-6-4 tank loco was particularly well proportioned, full of interest, with lots of wheels and a satisfying valve gear, all of which still look good today. They look right running forwards or backwards, and they look right hauling passenger or freight trains. This is a later 2 rail version featuring evidence of a factory repair as it has one plastic and one metal coupling.
The Hornby Dublo D1 Level Crossing has always been a bit of a paperweight. It’s quite substantial as it’s a solid lump of diecast metal, so there are plenty around. There is a rarer plastic version for 3 rail, and of course the 2 rail version was always plastic and has its track integral to the model. Hornby never made a twin track version, although enthusiasts have made them available in the spirit of the original. These should be £5-£10 in either 2 or 3 rail versions. However, expect to pay £35 upwards for the plastic 3 rail version.
Something for the Hornby-Dublist who has everything. The wooden cable drums are not rare as the plastic ones, but the wagons still look good in a long train. The start price of £29.99 meant they failed to sell this time, but they’re probably worth it as you don’t see these as boxed accessories that often.
The Hornby Dublo Southern Region 4 wheeled utility van is a long wheelbase wagon with opening doors. Often found with doors missing or broken, this is a lovely model. Will look great on the back of a passenger train or as part of a goods train. However it can be fussy on the track so if is often used as part of a static scene with the Dublo goods shed and platform.
This boxed version on ebay sold in April 2015 with a buy it now price of £26.
Well this is what it’s supposed to look like, so full marks for the picture.
With a Golden Fleece A4 pacific loco and two maroon coaches, this
was one of Hornby Dublo’s top passenger sets. Maybe it would have been better with the Mallard loco, as that was the one that set the world speed record for a steam loco, but that was used for the 3 rail version. This set looks complete with guarantee slips and instructions, although it would be better if the coach labels had not been applied. A small gripe about what looks like a very fine set.