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Minitrix dinosaur
« on: November 07, 2019, 02:53:05 PM »
This one caught my attention on eBay and I ended up buying it:



Just another old Minitrix Type 2 diesel in chromatic blue, small yellow ends and white window surrounds. Minitrix were a bit quick off the mark getting their model out in BR Blue before BR had actually decided what BR blue looked like. But what's that leaflet under it?



Hand-drawn artwork by someone with some skill.  Note the address at the bottom: Courtaulds gave up on British Trix at the end of 1967 and the assets were transferred to a new company, Thernglade Ltd.  I haven't yet established when the Type 2 first appeared on the UK market, but I believe it was towards the end of 1967.  The box for this model is unusual.  It's actually the wrong box, labelled for a Mk1 coach, but has the correct foam insert and I have found one other Type 2 for sale with the same plain green box design.  I'm pretty sure these boxes were only used on Courtaulds models: the Thernglade models (1968 on) all seem to have been in standard German Minitrix packaging, green and yellow window box with a polystyrene tray.  So I suspect this slightly "playworn" Type 2 is one of only a tiny handful sold in 1967, at the very dawn of British N gauge.  If anyone knows anything more about the very early days of Minitrix in the UK I would be very interested to hear.

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Re: Minitrix dinosaur
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2019, 03:33:13 PM »
My first N Gauge loco was this one, bought new for £4 in December 1969 from Bold & Burrows Ltd who had just moved around the corner to 12-22 Verulam Road, St Albans, Herts. So the stock may have dated from 1967 but was still on retailers shelves a couple of years later.

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Re: Minitrix dinosaur
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2019, 04:48:09 PM »
My first N Gauge loco was this one, bought new for £4 in December 1969 from Bold & Burrows Ltd who had just moved around the corner to 12-22 Verulam Road, St Albans, Herts. So the stock may have dated from 1967 but was still on retailers shelves a couple of years later.

£4 sounds cheap.  A new Farish Pannier cost £5.99 in the newfangled decimal currency in July 1971, and inflation wasn't that high then although things were about to get much worse.  Bankruptcy stock?  I admit to a fascination with very early N Gauge: next on my list is a Farish Holden tank in GER blue, in its lovely little imitation velvet lined box.  So pretty, and such a terrible piece of mechanical design.

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Re: Minitrix dinosaur
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2019, 05:17:54 PM »
Good point about the price. The RM for March 1967 gives the RRP at just under £6. This has jogged my memory and I think I part-exchanged this model with some old Hornby tinplate stock which the shop proprietor was keen on collecting, so that probably accounts for the apparently low price. I think the deal might well have included some Minitrix track and half a dozen points as well which I would have acquired at around the same time.

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Re: Minitrix dinosaur
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2019, 06:08:15 PM »
Oh my how things have increased in price...or have they?
https://www.officialdata.org/uk/inflation/1967?amount=6
Links the buying power of £6 from 1967 to 2019. Its very interesting to read that £6 then is worth about £108 now. So a six quid loco when I was 4 would cost about £108 quid now. And thats pretty accurate as far as locos are concerned I would say.
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Re: Minitrix dinosaur
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2019, 06:11:52 PM »
That sort of very early issue of a model is just the sort of thing that piques my collecting interests.  An interesting and unusual find!
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« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2019, 07:17:41 PM »
I have the blue Holden and it runs! also the black one and that runs to!!
Lovely little things wouldn't part with them for a modern one either. :D

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Re: Minitrix dinosaur
« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2019, 08:28:54 PM »
Might be considered a dinosaur, but a brilliant and reliable chassis. I still have some that date back to when they were new in the late 1960s. However they have found a new lease of life under other things.


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Re: Minitrix dinosaur
« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2019, 01:09:09 PM »
I have to say the mechanisms of Minitrix locos (even then) were excellent and showed how our German cousins like to over engineer everything.  If only locos today were as robust...  I still have four Minitrix Britannias and they run wonderfully (should have added with all different names and numbers!).  :D

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Re: Minitrix dinosaur
« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2019, 03:29:55 PM »
A Minitrix dinosaur warship just sold for £92 + £5 postage on eBay.....

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Re: Minitrix dinosaur
« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2019, 10:47:05 PM »
Despite Fleischmann having the name and the reputation at the time I have found that Minitrix mechanisms of years ago keep going well after their Fleischmann equivalents have bitten the dust.

The only down side is the enormous current they seem to draw by modern standards makes them difficult to find a suitable chip for if you want to fit them for DCC.

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Re: Minitrix dinosaur
« Reply #11 on: November 09, 2019, 08:47:09 AM »
The Minitrix 2F/T3 chassis, all bought at-least-2nd hand, all at least 30 years old, powers most of my layout's loco stable.



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Re: Minitrix dinosaur
« Reply #12 on: November 09, 2019, 08:56:58 AM »
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