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.
For all its simplicity, the Hornby Dublo cable wagon is one of the most attractive in the range. The most common version is similar to its O gauge counterpart, with two wooden drums with paper sides to look like cable drums, held to the flat wagon with black elastic cord. The proper name for this model is ‘Low sided wagon with cable drums’. The wooden drums have ‘Liverpool Cables’, presumably reflecting Meccano’s Liverpool heritage. However the wagon was updated around 1960 with super detail plastic cable drums as shown here. These are highly sought after, so a rake of 12 cable drum wagons, which makes a most attractive freight train, would cost in the region of £60 with the wooden drums. As for a dozen plastic Aluminium Cables trucks; name your price!
One caveat; the plastic cable drums were available as accessories in their own right. Some enthusiasts may well have modified their wagons, so it’s worth giving these a fairly thorough inspection before buying.
The Hornby Dublo 4655 mineral wagon appeared in several guises, starting with a diecast 3-rail version, later including a 2 rail metal version, then the super detail plastic bodied version shown here. Other variations include metal couplings, Delrin couplings as shown, even late fine couplings and open brake gear. Although the hatch door does not open like some Tri-ang wagons, it is still a fine model even by today’s standards. The die was later hurriedly converted to provide the legendary Rail Cleaning Wagon, which reverted to an all diecast model, of which more later.
The full size version of the Hornby Dublo United Glass wagon would have contained sand for use in the glass making process. The Dublo version is nothing outstanding, being the usual diecast base with a similar body to the mineral wagon, only yellow rather than grey. But there are a couple of variations to excite the collector. First there is the open brake gear (as opposed to the solid web chassis), then there’s the couplings (metal, plastic or the most desirable ‘thin’ plastic coupling), and finally the lettering. The wordier version is common; ‘United Glass Bottle Manufacturers Ltd’. The rarer version ‘United Glass Limited’ is shown here, and turns a £5 wagon into a £25 wagon.