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Crowds roll in for Ludlow toy and train fair

By Lucy Todman | Ludlow | Attractions | Published:

Toy and train collectors from all over the country came to Shropshire for a sale and swap of hundreds of pieces.

Steve and Linda Reading from Corwen with their classic toys at the Toy and Train Collectors Fair at Ludlow Racecourse

Organised by Tony Oakes, who runs fairs for a living, the event attracted widespread interest from collectors keen to snap up some rare and unusual items.

New and used model railways, die cast, model cars, trucks, buses were bought, sold and exchanged at the collectors fair, which was held at Ludlow Racecourse on Saturday.

Jo Lashford from Bewdley with a unique toy car at the Toy and Train Collectors Fair at Ludlow Racecourse

There were also dolls and bears along with boardgames and books.

Sellers are keen to come to Shropshire due to the interest from collectors and Mr Oakes regularly holds events at a number of locations in the county, including Ludlow and Bridgnorth.

Punters were able to take a trip down memory lane with some nostalgic features on models produced pre and post war on offer.

Carole Dean from Stoke at the Toy and Train Collectors Fair at Ludlow Racecourse

From Corgi to Dinky, Spot-On to Matchbox and everything besides, there were some of the most popular models up for sale.

Die cast toys were first made in the early 20th century. The die cast car, however, which would become the most popular type of die cast toy in history, was not made until the late 1940s. The first commercial line of die cast cars was the Matchbox 1-75 series by Lesney.

Popular categories on offer included sports cars, NASCAR, trucks, construction vehicles, and service vehicles. Trains on sale included Hornby and Bassett-Lowke.

Lucy Todman

By Lucy Todman
@shroptod

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star and Shrewsbury Chronicle based in Shrewsbury.

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