There was/is a range of cheap and nasty Chinese battery powered trains
in toy shops.
The most common has an 0-6-0 center-cab Diesel, 4 wheel stock wagon,
tank wagon and crane wagon, oval of track, station building, goods shed
and assorted signs, figures etc for about $10. Since then I've spotted
an 0-8-0 tank loco (German outline, nice) US 4-4-0 (terrible) and a US
Bo'Bo' along with Euro beer wagon, four wheel coach and 4 axle tank
wagon. All are but the 4-4-0 are rip-offs of other manufacturers models.
I bought the set and after fitting a coupling the Diesel will pull a
track cleaning wagon around my layout. The 0-8-0 German tank loco also
came home with me - the track went into the rubbish bin but the track
joiners which fitted under the ballast looked to me sort of like
preformed cast concrete slabs so got stacked and spray painted as wagon
The locos wander along the track at a fairly slow pace but the single
AAA battery will easily outlast a child's attention several times.
Thanks for this Greg, I have friends who commute between Texas and the
UK but are not railway minded, and so I think I will send them off
with a piece of track to the toy shops to see what they come back
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