Classic UK Minitrix Models  -  First Catalogue
from Thernglade
The images are my reconstruction

The images are my reconstruction of the pictures that appeared in the first German Minitrix catalogue for the UK market - presented by Thernglade Ltd - dated 1970/71

The 1970/71 Minitrix catalogue showed 6 British models which were to become available to the UK market.    In the extract on the left, I have quoted the captions and substituted photos where the original catalogue had drawings.  It gives an impression of what UK models were to be made available. 

The 2 Class 27 models had been in production since about 1967, although this is the first catalogue that I have found which identifies the blue verison, The green model has the BR Lion Logo and bears cab number D5379.   The blue Class 27 is identical except for the body shell which is in British Rail blue, has the intercity double arrow logo and bears cab number D5370.

     No 2902

Diesel locomotive, British Rail blue livery, all other specifications as No 2901.

    

No 2901

Diesel Locomotive, BR type 2, diecast chassis, moulded superstructure, British Railways green livery, four axle drive, Minimotor, 12 volt DC, working headlights, automatic light change, length over buffers 4 inches (10cm), approx weight 3.5 ounces, interference suppressors fitted.

The next 3 locos seem to be speculative drawings - they appear in the catalogue, but non of the models that were eventually sold turned out to be exactly as shown.   This seemed to be quite common in the catalogues - the deadline for going to print was much sooner than the models were in a state that could be seen.   In such cases, artists impressions, existing older models and even pictures of OO scale models have been used.

     No 2035
(Shown as Vanguard)

Diesel locomotive, Warship class,   British Railways green livery, diecast chassis, moulded superstructure, four axle drive, Minimotor, 12 volt DC, working headlights, automatic light change, length over buffers 4.5 inches (11.5cm), approx weight 4 ounces, interference suppressors fitted.

     No 2034
(Shown as Spartan)

Diesel locomotive, British Rail blue livery, all other specifications as No 2035

  

The 4-6-2 steam locomotive is Britannia in British Rail green.   This is another speculative picture - clearly the intention to manufacture it is there, but at the time the catalogue was being prepared, it seems that no N gauge model was available to be photographed.   The Britannia that appears in the OO gauge Trix catalogue of the time seems to be the same image as the one used for this 1970 N guage catalogue. The valve gear is far too intricate for an 'N' gauge model.

     No 2037
(Image shown is of the Trix OO model)

4-6-2 Steam locomotive and tender, class 7 of British Railways, diecast chassis, Minimotor, 12volt DC, driving wheels flanged, power transmission to all 3 driving axles, interference suppressors fitted, British Rail green livery.

The 0-6-0 steam locomotive is an existing model of a Prussian T3 which had been around in the German Trix catalogues since at least 1966.   With a new body casting, this little engine would become the first loco in the Hornby Minitrix catalogue, - a Class 2, Fowler 'Jinty' Dock Tank.   But for now, it retained its tall chimney and German looks.

     No 2914

Model of the prototype as used by the former Prussian National Railways.   3-Axle-drive, diecast chassis and superstructure, length 2.1"

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