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.
This 2 rail Cardiff Castle looked good value at £70. It’s the version with the hulking great ring field motor protruding into the cab, so it should pull well. The 3 rail version Ludlow Castle would be four times the price as it’s rare and highly sought after.
The Hornby Dublo Electric motor coach and trailer was available in 2 rail and 3 rail versions. Highly sought after with tinplate bodies, plastic roofs, ends and underframe. And a huge ringfield motor which powers the train in a most majestic way. Value around £250.