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Object ID # 2006.022.021abcdefghij
Object Name Set, Train
Title Lithographed Toy Train Set
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Date 1950s
Artist Karl Bub
Made KBN - Karl Bub
Place of Origin Germany
Description Key-wound lithographed tin train set. Set includes and engine, a coal car, a passenger car, four track pieces, a box with a lid, and key with a ring.
ENGINE: green and black tin with metal wheels and gears: 10 cm long; 3.2 cm wide; 5.3 cm tall. Note that the back left wheel is detached.
COAL CAR: green and black tin: 6.2 cm long; 4 cm wide; 4 cm tall. Attached to passenger car with wire.
PASSENGER CAR: black and green with yellow windows (tin): 8.4 cm long; 4 cm wide; 5.2 cm tall. Note the roof comes off easily; front right tire is detached.
4 CURVED TRACK PIECES: black and silver tin. Each piece is 24.3 cm long; 8.5 cm wide [2.7 cm between rails]; 0.9 cm tall.
When all attached: 34.3 cm in diameter
BOX: made of red cardboard and has a black and white steam engine illustration printed on it. It is 28.5 cm long; 14.7 cm wide; 4.7 cm tall. The edges are ripped and the lid is stained.
KEY: Tin with metal ring. 5 cm long; 3.7 cm wide at widest end / 0.6 cm at narrow end; square hole is 0.3 cm wide. Key reads "TRI-ANG" on one side and "L. Bros. Ltd. London England" on other.
Ring: 3 cm in diameter.
Makers mark Printed
The key has "TRI-ANG" cast in it.
Provenance Manufactured by KBN (Karl Bub, Nurnberg, Germany) for the L Bros. Ltd company of London, England. Likely dates to the 1950's. "Tri-ang model railways" began in 1947 as Rovex Plastics and placed its first first train set in stores in 1950. The company sold its products in the U.K, Canada and Australia. In October 1951, Tri-Ang was taken over by Lines Brothers Ltd.
Item belonged to a member of the Eberth family. The last owner was Dorothy Milligan (née Eberth) of Hanover, Grey County, who was a schoolgirl c. 1929. Her parents were Roy and Ella Eberth, and they farmed at Lot 33 NDR Bentinck.


Collection Toys & Games, 20th-c Collection
Material Metal/Cardboard/Ink
Dimensions H-4.7 W-14.7 L-28.5 cm
Found Bentinck Township (formerly), Municipality of West Grey, Grey County
People Milligan, Thomas
Milligan, Dorothy