A new acquisition of mine, this no. 259 Fire Engine, which was introduced and discussed by The Toyman in Meccano Magazine of November 1961.
It is a scale model of a fire engine with Merryweather made body on a Bedford Miles chassis.
This example was not very expensive, obviously because the box had suffered from some damp damage.
Possibly the model was sold originally as a bargain because of that (see price sticker of $1.00), because the price in the USA catalogue is $1.65 in the 1961 catalogue already:
In fact, I do not really like these later Dinky Toys models, with all their features, most of which did not add to the modelâ€™s faithful representation of the real one.
For instance, have a look at the ridiculous, deeply recessed positions of the front wheels, which so many contemporary Dinky Toys suffer from. And this just to enable the exciting â€˜fingertip steeringâ€™.
No, I bought this one because I became suddenly aware of the fact that the tinplate ladder was borrowed from the vintage no. 25h/250 Streamlined Fire Engine, which was introduced in 1936 already and lasted until 1962.
This means that not only the Streamlined Fire Engine is a record breaker with its 26 year long life, but, moreover, this particular part, which had its life extended by 8 years because the new Fire Engine was discontinued as late as 1970. So this was when the ladder, known as job no. 10151, had been in use for 34 years!
Some more details of the 259, please note the single bell of the 555/955 and the unused tiny hole in the ladder on its left side, formerly used to attach the bell of the Streamlined Fire Engine with a piece of wire:
I'm not very familiar with 1960s Dinky's, so any additions and corrections welcome!
Kind regards, Jan