As the possibility of finding good space toys these days becomes even slimmer, I find I am drawn to other collecting strands to satisfy my demand for nostalgia. As a boy, trains and locomotives were very much a part of everyday life, as my dad kept his own paper version of a 'blog' with scrapbooks full of cuttings from magazines and books. His passion for trains has lately rubbed off on me and was brought to the fore a few years back when I was sat in the attic in Woodsy's, rummaging through some of his old stock. Out came a show box full of odds and ends and within them, were a number of small trains. Being the incredibly generous soul that he is, he gave me them.
Amongst the different types were some tiny, single piece plastic castings with 'Life Guard' written on the side. This week, looking around the worlds attic, Ebay, I spotted some more. Today they arrived, sitting in an old kitchen matchbox.
It's almost impossible to find more information on them, but they appear to be a free premium issued with Life Guard disinfectant, probably in the late fifties, or early sixties. I certainly don't recall them, although I do remember the disinfectant!
Each little piece is around an inch long and will couple together. Hopefully, I now have one of each model - locomotive, tender, freight car, tanker and caboose.
They are lovely little things, reminiscent of the glory days of toys when children could be trusted not to try and mindlessly eat anything big enough to fit in their mouth!