KATO VISITOR CENTRE, TOKYO, JAPAN

As I am sure you know, KATO is the major Japanese model railway producer. Hidden away in a residential suburb of Tokyo is their visitor centre. When I was there in 2012 their display claimed to have one copy of every model ever made by the company. It is without doubt...

ENOSHIMA ELECTRIC RAILWAY, JAPAN

About one hour south of Tokyo on a fast commuter train, is the seaside resort of Enoshima. Served by a privately owned single track light railway from the main line station at Fujisawa down to the sea, it is a favourite modelling theme in Japan. Within my collection...

WRENN TT READY MADE LAYOUT

I have been contacted by a prospective member who says:  I recently bought a ready made TT gauge railway base board, which I believe may have been a Wrenn shop demonstration layout. I was hoping that your membership might know more. It looks like a very nice double...

TCS 2015 AUTUMN GET-TOGETHER, LEICESTER

Here is Bob Leggett's review. There is a selection of pictures at the foot of the report. The full set will be featured in the forthcoming edition of the TCS members magazine, "Train Collector". Finally there is a video of the Christmas G Scale layout. TCS 2015 AUTUMN...

BING TABLE TOP 00 GAUGE

This Bing Table Top 00 gauge electric LMS 513 tank loco is new to me, purchased from a fellow TCS member.  I believe it dates from around 1928/30. This morning it has been through its' paces with a three coach train around my Brunswick Road layout. It has been running...

Masadaya Toys, Japan, clockwork floor train

New to my floor train collection courtesy of Ebay is this 4 inch (11 cms) long clockwork engine.  The tin printing of a Japanese prototype is vibrant and largely unblemished, and the clockwork mechanism sends it smoothly across the floor with sparks flying out of the...
PROGRESS UPDATE DAVID HOLT’S WRENN MINORIES

PROGRESS UPDATE DAVID HOLT’S WRENN MINORIES

David has provided us with an update Three baseboards measuring 5 feet by 1 foot 8 inches have been constructed using 6mm plywood and 2 inch by 1 inch planed timber. Sizes have had to be increased from the original plan to accommodate the Wrenn points which are not...
WUPPERTAL SUSPENSION RAILWAY GERMANY

WUPPERTAL SUSPENSION RAILWAY GERMANY

Last week I visited the suspension railway at Wuppertal Germany. Built between 1901 and 1903, it operates over a route of 13.3 kms (8.5 mls). There are 20 stations along the route serviced by 27 two car trains running as close as 3 minute intervals during peak hours....

Beckenham and West Wickham MRC Book Sale

BECKENHAM AND WEST WICKHAM MRC BOOK SALE Beckenham and West Wickham MRC the organisers of Beckenham Vintage are selling off their large club library as they no longer have permanent premises. A large number of railway books, many of considerable historic interest will...

Lisbon Trams

I was in Lisbon two weeks ago. What a wonderful tram system they have throughout the city. You can tour on an open top bus, but much better is the tourist tram that winds it's way through narrow streets. As I collect all sorts of tinplate toy trains and trams, I was...