The Tri-ang R3X Goods set from 1953 – iconic images

One of the first sets from tri-ang was the R3X goods set. This came out in 1953 with the notorious standard track. At the time it was fine but later tended to warp and go out of gauge.

The set had a Jinty locomotive and four wagons, including a brake van. Notably, the wagons were made of plastic. Moreover, the Tri-ang R3X Goods set had an R.42 speed control unit, these needed an external transformer to operate. The other version had a battery controller.

Triang had its origins in 1950 with a train set made for Marks and Spencer. In fact, the first Tri-ang catalogue came out in 1955.

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Pre-war Hornby Dublo Box Set DG7 (1938) – iconic images

Iconic model railway images.

Pre-war Hornby Dublo Box Set

If you were a very lucky boy in 1938, you may have found this Hornby Dublo set, under the Christmas tree. Notably, there were only 10 types of sets available, five in Clockwork and five electric versions. The electric versions used three-rail track. Two-rail was not used again until 1959.

The locomotive was clockwork with a cast metal body. Liveries of the big four were available. However, WW II stopped production. The wagons were made of tinplate

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