Benbros TV Series & Mighty Midgets

No.16a Express Locomotive

Benbros TV Series No.16 Express Locomotive

Benbros No.16a Express Lococmotive had the shortest run of all the TV Series models and was the only one not to be upgraded to the Mighty Midget range. As a result it was only sold in a TV Series box.

 

The Loco was a hollow one-piece casting based on the class of streamlined railway engines which included the record-breaking 'Mallard'. The wheels on each side were part of the casting so to make it run Benbros concealed four metal wheels inside on nail-head & crimped axles which were painted with the model.

 

One interesting feature of the Loco was the number '17' on each side of the engine cab indicating maybe that this was the number which Benbros had originally planned for it. Underneath, the usual 'Benbros' and 'Made in England' was cast. It was quite a long model at 61mm which made it too lengthy for a Mighty Midget box (56mm long) so this was perhaps part of the reason why it was never upgraded.

 

There were three colour choices with the first issue, either dark-green, red or blue and these were finished off with silver trim on the imitation wheels, nameplate, side logo and the arrow symbol on the tender.  The TV box had a picture of a green locomotive with the number 16 and 'Express Loco' (TV3).

 

When Benbros transferred the TV Series to Mighty Midgets, many models received a paint upgrade with metallic finishes and although it did not get included in the new range, the Locomotive did get fresh colours of metallic gold-ish brown and metallic blue.

 

Although it was a neat little model, the Loco did not have great play value so when examples turn up at auction they are often boxed and in nice condition.

Benbros TV Series No.16 Express Locomotive
Benbros TV Series No.16 Express Locomotive

Dark-green

Benbros No.16a Express Locomotive

Colour Variations

 

All versions had silver trim, internal painted metal wheels, and TV3 boxes

 

DARK-GREEN

RED

BLUE

METALLIC GOLD-BROWN

METALLIC BLUE

Estimated Price Guide

(MINT models in MINT boxes)

All variations £20-40

Benbros TV Series No.16 Express Locomotive - five colours

Five colours

Benbros TV Series No.16 Express Locomotive

Red

Benbros TV Series No.16 Express Locomotive
Benbros TV Series No.16 Express Locomotive

Blue

Benbros TV Series No.16 Express Locomotive - gold

Metallic gold-brown

Benbros TV Series No.16 Express Locomotive - metallic blue

Metallic blue

Benbros TV Series No.16 Express Locomotive - underside

Underside view showing wheels and id.

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Abbreviations used on Nicholas Martin Diecast

   

  • umw - unpainted metal wheels

  • pmw - painted metal wheels

  • pw    - plastic wheels

  • gpw  - grey plastic wheels

  • spw  - silver plastic wheels

  • bpw  - black plastic wheels

  • um    - unpainted metal

  • id.     - maker's identification

 

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Benbros TV Series No.16a Express Locomotive - metallic blue