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3-rail train sets:
Early set box has smaller label.The mid-fifties box has the larger label with the one boy and trains in BR livery, with separate locomotive holders made of formed blue cardboard, blue interior inserts. The 1956 and later boxes have an orange cardboard interior, the first ones having the same locomotive holders as before, the later ones having a diecut "surround" insert for everything.
2-rail train sets:
All boxes are the yellow and blue earlier type unless otherwise indicated
Track Cleaning Wagon (cleaning pads are not original, made up from cigarette filters)
TPO mail van set instructions from 1957 (date code 16/157/50, pdf file with all 4 pages)
I found some pictures taken in 1969 of my second layout, in Amman, Jordan, showing the layout with Hornby DUblo 3-rail track supplemented by some Fleischmann track with a 3rd rail added. You can see a lot of Dublo stuff, and one Marklin TEE set, as well as a single 2-8-8-2 Y6B Mallet.
Amman layout (This layout was constructed using the Hornby
Dublo 3-rail track available to me in the late
sixties, plus some Fleischmann track with a third rail added. The layout was dismantled when I left
Barnstaple (with a train of the 4054, 4055 corridor coaches, and some D12 coaches in the background. The buildings are Faller)
D8000 with low-sided wagons (I had to use level crossing rails, of which there were many, as 3-rail sources were simply non-existent in the Middle East at the time)
Station scene (The Marklin EO3 overhead electric and it's TEE coaches, all sold now)
View of suburban coaches behind 2-8-8-2 (This large engine proved to be irresistable to me, with 16 driven wheels capable of pulling couplers almost out of their sockets, now also sold)
Picture of the
model train and toy museum in Nashville, Tennessee, taken early 1990s. (Imagine my surprise at discovering a small
train and toy museum with the familiar products, within walking distance of the
Grand Ole Opry Hotel in