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Location : Vienne, France and Islington. London

PostSubject: Chinese toy - but French prototype?   Sat Apr 25, 2009 3:56 pm

I found this for 29 Euros in a Maison de la Presse. It's only a toy - the wheels aren't even properly round and the "connecting" rods don't move. It's clearly hand built from bits and bobs but - the wheels are more or less 45mms apart and - it's obviously meant to look like a real French 19th century loco. Looks vaguely familiar, but can't find it in my mags and books collection...The only identification is a "made in China" sticker. Any ideas what it might be? Anyone seen anything like it?

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Carl Hibbs

Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: Chinese toy - but French prototype?   Sat Apr 25, 2009 7:36 pm

Interesting stuff Phil. Would look great in a siding somewhere as a static model.

It could vaguely be a Crampton or even an early Fives-Lille perhaps.
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