PRE-WAR LOCOMOTIVES, STOCK AND ACCESSORIES
All locomotives have original flat pre-war pick-up shoes unless otherwise stated.
All locomotives have been successfully test run before being packed for sale; electric locomotives run well and pull reasonable loads. Future running capablity cannot be guaranteed. Locomotive boxes are with guarantee, instructions and all original; where stated, locomotive wrappers are replicas accurately reproduced from originals.
All boxed sets have oil, spanner and key, as appropriate.
In general, wagon boxes have individual stickers denoting the railway company; exceptions are items such as the Fish Van and Horse Box which only existed in NE.
All items are in original boxes unless otherwise stated; they are in good complete condition, but generally staples for rolling stock boxes have rusted and there are some stain marks. Unlike other parts of the collection, duplicate pre-war wagons were not disposed of in the 1970s and early 1980s. As is generally known, a significant number pre-war bases and, particularly, wheels suffer from distortion and/or 'fatigue'. In general, wagons and coaches have been separated from their bases/bogies and re-assembled with the best bases being amalgamated with the best tops. Original tops, bases, restraining clips and couplings have been used throughout. All items of rolling stock have been test run, with pre-war wheels being retained where possible. Where unsatisfactory for running, the wheels have been replaced with those from immediately post-war Hornby-Dublo wagons of the period up to 1950.
As a result of this process, the very large collection of pre-war wagons has been substantially reduced, as a result of the discarded bases and bogies.
People who sent bases back to Binns Road after the war were given the option of replacement base/bogies with either pre- or post0war couplings. Where pre-war couplings were requested, post-war bases were used with pre-war couplings affixed with mild steel rivets,· These make an interesting variation and a number are included.
A small selection of early pre-war bodies, for which there were no sound bases remaining, have been assembled utilising immediate post-war bases with EMC.