Anyone who knows my collecting preferences would say it would be a cold day in hell before I would buy tinplate toys. Well, I've just seen the devil on ice skates, so there must be something seriously amiss. That said, I haven't gone entirely soft, but have just acquired a delightful pressed steel vintage train, made in the late sixties by Bandai.
At around 150mm long and approximately HO scale, it originally ran via a battery pack which clipped to the rail. Mine came without track or power unit and also seems to have had the wagon bogies replaced for smaller HO standard ones.
|Bandai Diesel 1965 (?)|
|Southern Rail Tanker|
My initial interest in larger scale trains, as opposed to my usual N and Z gauge models, came about after I bought a pair of dilapidated Tootsietoy diesel engines and I recalled my fondness for the big trans continental engines i'd seen on layouts as a kid and a green Lone Star loco of similar shape that I had.
|Tootsie Toy Diesel Loco - paint stripped, originally red|
So when I saw this unusual loco on ebay, I was immediately taken. Its doubtful i'll ever get to the point of having a full layout, but as it stands, it makes a great little subject for a quick diorama.