Budgie Models No.224-2
Railway Engine Series 2
Issued 1971-1984 Length 119mm
The second model re-issued for H Seener Ltd was the long-running Railway Engine. This had first appeared as far back as 1948 and formed part of the group of models made by Modern Products which Sam Morris sold with his Morestone Series toys. It later joined the Budgie Toys range and continued in production until 1966 when Guiterman, owners of Budgie at that time, ceased trading. For more details of the first version see Morestone Railway Locomotive and for the Budgie model go to No.224 Railway Engine.
For the 1971 re-issue Modern Products made some minor changes to the casting but basically the Railway Engine re-appeared much the same as before. The only noticeable difference was to the side lettering which was replaced by flat panels onto which labels were attached. These kept the original number '7118' and the 'British Railways' name and were coloured yellow with black lettering in a black frame.
The Railway Engine was cast in two sections, the main body and a heavy base part which slotted into the body and was held in place by a rear pin. The base included the unpainted metal wheels and con rods.
For most of its life the Railway Engine was painted red with black coal trim but at the end of its long run three new versions were issued in metallic-brown (with black coal) and black or dark-green (without black coal).
H Seener, who had insisted on exclusive sales rights for the Railway Engine to which Modern Products had agreed, was not pleased when the new owners, Starcourt Ltd., started selling models separately without his approval. The result was that H Seener terminated the contract and not long afterwards Starcourt decided to cease production.
In total the Railway Engine was in production for 36 years from 1948 to 1984 apart from a short break from 1966 to 1971, a remarkable achievement.
Boxes for No.224-2 continued the bright yellow Budgie end-flap style with an illustration of a red model on the picture faces. To start with 'Made in England by Budgie Models' was given as the maker but later 'for H Seener Ltd' was added. Then, when the contract with H Seener ended, old stock was sold by Starcourt in the same boxes with 'for H Seener Ltd' deleted in black felt pen.
The years making models for H Seener were successful for Modern Products and thousands of Railway Engines were produced so they are not hard to collect. The only rare one is the dark-green version.
Budgie No.224-2 Railway Engine (Series 2)
1) RED side labels umw 'Budgie Models' or 'H Seener' box
2) METALLIC-BROWN side labels umw 'H Seener' or H Seener' deleted box
3) BLACK side labels umw 'H Seener' or 'H Seener' deleted box
4) DARK-GREEN side labels umw 'H Seener' deleted box