Just back from Tony Oakes' Chester Train & Toy Fair.

It is always worth looking in the junk boxes most traders have under their stalls. Browsing a stall with mainly modern diecast cars, but with a couple of old tinplate items almost hidden at the back, I realised my foot had nudged something down below. Nothing less than two very tall, Gauge 1 or 2 (or 3?) signals, 15 inches high, just standing under the table.

The single arm signal is trademarked Bing, and is complete and working. The other is not marked, also complete and working but for missing coloured lenses. Now I really am out of my collecting area here, but curiosity got the better of me. "How much?" I asked. "£15 the two sir!"

I know they are well worn, but how could that be resisted for two magnificent items at least 100 years old.?

So, now they stand proud on my high level LGB line.

Whilst standing at "TCS corner" (committee member Dave Angell's stall), I met David Holt (see yesterday's post on minories), who showed me his bargain of the day; an early OO scale Ratio  LMS porthole window corridor coach complete with scale wheels and couplings. One for a minories train?