Richard Lines dies
We have to report the sad passing of Richard Lines, aged 90, who was the sole survivor of the Lines family who had been involved with toy making.
Richard was an honorary member of the Tri-ang Society and regularly commented in the Tri-ang Telegraph from his own personal experiences.
His membership number was R.25, the Transcontinental Vista Dome coach, something he found quite amusing.
He was charged with the Tri-ang Railways systems and as such he took Rovex from a small producer into the mainstream company still continuing today, but now known as Hornby.
He lived in the Canterbury area, not far from the Margate factory and he was a churchgoer.
He will be sadly missed.
The photos below were taken in July 1999.
Richard Lines is on the right and Pat Hammond is on the left.
It is a very comprehensive one with some detailed historical notes and shows some very ambitious and tasty new productions, including the Advanced Passenger Train (APT)
and a proper representation of the LMS Coronation Scot coaches to make a very authentic train with the locos already available.
The Tri-ang Society has produced a selection of reproduction boxes
which is comprehensive enough for you to protect virtually all your models.
Box order form here
A Spot On website had been connected with the Tri-ang Society. It is hosted in Holland and maintained by Wiebe Buising. You can link to it from the Tri-ang Society main page or directly from.
It had been rumoured that the R.50 / R.53 princess, as first manufactured by Rovex Plastics Ltd and the beginning of the Tri-ang Railways system had been made in blue. Member Bob Impett brought two blue Princesses to the Tri-ang Society event at Huntingdon on 20th and 21st April. We were all gobsmacked to see these two locomotives, clearly made with blue plastic, (E.M.2 coloured). They were fully factory finished with painted smokebox and running plates. One bore the name 'Princess' and a fictious number and the other was called 'Princess Victoria' with running number 46205. The tenders however, appear to have been painted and were heat printed with the BR decal.
We all took photographs,
Bob became a minor celebrity and Pat Hammond now has to write volume 1b!
Well, actually, these were later productions which properly belong in volume 3, though psychologically, they are from the first period of Rovex Tri-ang.
At the Tri-ang Society, we endeavour to enjoy our Tri-ang toys and not become too serious about them. For the majority at least, we collect, restore, and enjoy what we like, with little thought for financial values.
We believe that really should be the essence of toy collecting!!
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