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AJW13/05/2021 11:15:36
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These 2 locos have been in the family for as long as I can remember but I don't know anything about them? My Dad used to describe them as tinplate engines, I don't know of them ever being steamed and would suggest that due to their age and tinplate construction it wouldn't be a good idea to try!

Haven't been able to find out anything about them, not even a photo of similar.

Can anyone shed any light on them?

(Don't seem to be allowed to put a couple of photos up but they are in my 'Tinplate Locos' album)


Grindstone Cowboy13/05/2021 11:25:46
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Advice on posting photos

AJW13/05/2021 11:47:22
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Thanks, let's have a go!

AlanTinplate 2-2-2 Loco

Tinplate 2-2-0 Loco

Hopper13/05/2021 12:08:27
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No idea but those are just lovely. I wonder if they came with a track they ran on? I too would be interested to learn more about them. Looks like they would make an interesting project to build a replica of sorts and have it chuffing in circles around the dinner table. Would certainly provide a talking point at soirees.

Dave Wootton13/05/2021 12:18:44
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They are indeed lovely, quite envious! They look like the sort of thing that LBSC referred to as his "AJAX" in some of his articles, seen them called Birmingham dribblers as well. I once borrowed a reprinted copy of an old toy catalogue from the library, it was for " Stevens Model Dockyard" and contained various models of similar type, I think it dated from the turn of the century ( the19 th!). Might be a place to start googling from.


br13/05/2021 12:49:56
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These are Birmingham Dribblers , also known as Carpet Loco's as they are intended to run on floors / carpets and not use tracks

Best avoided if you have top quality Wiiton in your front room.

I have several, so PM if you need more help

Paint work not necessarily correct on  these and usually all brass - not tinplate ?




Edited By br on 13/05/2021 12:52:15

AJW13/05/2021 22:57:37
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Birmingham Dribblers! What a name, although quite appropriate I would think. Imagine filling the burner with meths, lighting it and sending it across your carpet, not sure it would comply with health and safety!

Thanks for the information, this pair are definitely tinplate and peering into the fill plug holes reveals a 'certain' amount of rust. I know my Dad painted these many years ago in good faith but in hindsight it obviously wasn't the thing to do.

At least I now know a bit about them - I used to call them Bing Tinplate Engines.


br14/05/2021 16:34:35
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Thanks post and useful info

Never heard of tinplate ones before, though paint would be approprate and intruiges so will do some more digging

A moden relica is available fro John Hemmens

Will send PM if I find anything


Michael Gilligan14/05/2021 20:33:52
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Alan, and bill

My knowledge of such things is trivially small, but I was intrigued by your discussion ... and found this: **LINK**


AJW14/05/2021 23:27:08
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Once again thanks. There appears to be quite a following of this type of engine and I didn't realise they started life so long ago.

I have another loco which I believe is definitely a Bing after reading the above, there is no manufacturers mark on it I can see but it is of the same sort of design as in Michael's link showing the same driving gear arrangement. This one definitely has a brass boiler and I can remember it being steamed - probably 60 years ago!


AlanBing Loco

Bing Loco underside

Edited By AJW on 14/05/2021 23:28:21

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