What better way to start a topic on the original Bedford Refuse Wagon but with a dual numbered 25v-252 box that was perhaps the rarest box for this model, a plain yellow end flap box.
I wrote this in the Plain Yellow End Flap box topic:
The dual numbering is rather strange as the box itself was issued between March 1959 and July 1960, four years after dual numbering had ceased. It was also the only box issued for the 252 Refuse Wagon that included the manufacturer's name of "Bedford".
The pictures below of the model that was packaged in this plain yellow end-flap box was in the last issues before the model was given the luxury of window glazing at sometime during the latter half of 1960. During this time frame, new colours of lime green and orange were also introduced packaged in the plain yellow end-flap box firstly without window glazing.
The Refuse Wagon started life in October 1948 as sales number 25v. In 1954 the model was renumbered 252 and made its last appearance in the January 1964 catalogue issued for the United Kingdom. With the model not listed in the Australian catalogue printed in May 1964 it can be assumed that production was terminated sometime between those two dates. Its replacement, the 978 Bedford TK Refuse Wagon arrived in October 1964 which was a very modern looking vehicle as the old 252 Bedford had become very antiquated. Of course at a price of 14/11 it was 7/- more expensive than the model it replaced and more than three times its size too.
So by 1964, Meccano was manufacturing models that were expensive to make and expensive to sell, so the seeds were being sown when the old economics had long been forgotten.
More to come....!
#795 24 February 2016