British Toy Trains 4 – Wells-Brimtoy Ltd and one-hit wonders by Michael D.Foster
We are all familiar with books on Hornby O gauge, Bing, Bassett-Lowke and other proper model train makers, but with this volume, Michael Foster and Michael Bowes turn their attention to what might be described as “the people's trains”, that is the cheap sets sold by shops like Woolworths as unashamedly cheap toys.
The authors suggest this is the first time anyone has given these models this sort of attention, and we admit that we've never seen a book like it. Despite not being what most people would consider serious collectables, the coverage treats them in the same serious manner as the rest of the series.
With over 350 large photos illustrating the models, you could just enjoy the volume by reminiscing about toy trains you had as a child, or it might inspire you to track them down for a collection – not an easy task, as these things were meant to be played with and thrown away.
A beautifully produced treasure trove of interesting and unusual model railways.
Price ￡20.00 (+￡3.50 UK P&P)