Category:Bond's of Euston Road
|Toy Brands and Manufacturers|
Bond's of Euston Road
|1887 - 1973|
Bond's Ltd (also known as Bond's of Euston Road, and the oddly-abbreviated Bond's O' Euston Road) were a model engineering and model supplies company founded in 1887 (just over ten years before Bassett-Lowke Ltd.), as Arthur W. Bond. The company changed its name in the early 1920s to promote its shop at 254 Euston Road. The shop lasted until 1973, when the Euston Road area was redeveloped.
As well as retailing other company's products, Bond's also manufactured locomotives and carriages and some well-regarded mechanisms and motors that sometimes appeared in other manufacturers products as premium options, with J. Fournerau acting as their agents in France.
Although the Bond's and Bassett-Lowke engineering product lines and catalogues seemed quite similar, and Bond's had the head start, the company didn't have a charismatic globe-trotting founder like W.J. Bassett-Lowke, sourcing foreign-made goods and building an empire of affiliated companies selling their wares under a single name. Consequently, Bond's never became as big as B-L ... on the other hand, Bonds managed to run their shop and mail-order business without obvious mishap until the 1970s, when the shop was forced to close because of local redevelopment.
Bond's today is chiefly remembered by model engineering enthusiasts who used to frequent the London shop as part of their pilgrimage to an area packed with tool, electronics and engineering parts outlets, and by model railway enthusiasts for their gauge 0 "Bonzone" model locomotive, their Pullman carriages, and for a series of rather nice exhibition-grade locomotive "specials".
Bonds sold model locomotives from a number of other manufacturers, and their own "home-produced" locos are comparatively rare.
A notable "Bond's-produced" piece was the well-respected gauge 0 Bonzone ("Bond's Own") locomotive, a model of the Peckett saddle-tank industrial locomotive used in collieries, quarries and docks.
- " This scale model is BOND's own production, and follows true Peckett lines with semi-elliptical boiler and correct type boiler mountings, steps, and buffers, etc., is fitted with a mechanism having the true type of iron driving wheels, which are turned to a special profile, allowing this model to run on tinplate or true-scale tracks. "
The "Bonzone" was a nice addition to gauge 0 enthusiasts' collections, as it was distinctively different to most of the products from other manufacturers, it ran reliably, and its short wheelbase meant that it could cope with the curves of almost any gauge 0 layout.
In the museum
The museum's central gauge 0 layout includes examples of the No.1 and No.2 Bonzone locomotives, two passenger carriages (one of which is a Pullman), and a rare exhibition model of one of the two early LMS prototype diesels (10001).
For the museum's 25th anniversary in 2016, we'll also be restoring and displaying a unique Bond's item, their 1930s gauge 0 prototype 5BEL Brighton Belle five-car set.
- Pat Hammond, Ramsay's British Model Trains Catalogue (6th Edition, 2008) pp.95-98 ISBN 9780955619489
- Bond's O' Euston Road - stock availablity via Alan Kiff (modelengineeringwebsite.com)
- A.W. Bond, Grace's Guide (gracesguide.co.uk)
- Bond's of Euston Road, gauge 0 (binnsroad.co.uk)
- Bond's Four-Stroke Engines (onthewire.co.uk)
- Bond's "Maximus" lathe (lathes.co.uk)
- Bowman's Steam Engines (Bond's catalogues), Mooseman (freewebs.com/odilon)
This category has the following 2 subcategories, out of 2 total.
- ► Bond's Brighton Belle Restoration Project (1 C, 4 F)
Pages in category ‘Bond's of Euston Road’
The following 10 pages are in this category, out of 10 total.
Media in category ‘Bond's of Euston Road’
The following 29 files are in this category, out of 29 total.
- Bing Miniature Railway, Bond's (MM 1935-11).jpg 1,138 × 748; 161 KB
- Bond's advert, The Ideal Christmas Present (MM 1938-11).jpg 1,600 × 1,067; 328 KB
- Bond's Chain Drive logo.jpg 1,600 × 620; 104 KB
- Bond's Endeavour Yacht (MM 1936-06).jpg 1,204 × 1,600; 305 KB
- Bond's of Euston Road, advert (MM 1933-08).jpg 835 × 1,200; 159 KB
- Bond's Steel Track (MRaL 1912-10).jpg 742 × 1,200; 168 KB
- Bond's, Balsa Flying Kits and model railway track (MM 1939-11).jpg.png.jpg 881 × 1,200; 197 KB
- Bond's, Endeavour Yachts and model track (MM 1941-09).jpg 893 × 1,200; 212 KB
- Bond's, Model and Experimental Engineering Handbook 1946, back cover.jpg 1,359 × 2,000; 676 KB
- Bond's, Model and Experimental Engineering Handbook 1946, front cover.jpg 1,362 × 2,000; 656 KB
- Bonds Endeavour Yacht (MM 1935-08).jpg 674 × 1,200; 150 KB
- Bonds of Euston Road (MM 1960-03).jpg 826 × 1,200; 521 KB
- Bonds super boat hulls oscillating engine July1939.jpg 1,071 × 1,458; 375 KB
- Bonds, Christmas presents (MM 1933-12).jpg 920 × 1,200; 260 KB
- Bonds, Märklin sale (MM 1935-06).jpg 743 × 1,251; 171 KB
- Bonzone Dockland Tank Locomotive No2 (Bonds 1932-2ed).jpg 1,520 × 2,000; 1.12 MB
- Bonzone Loco No2 (Bonds 1932-2ed).jpg 1,600 × 978; 850 KB
- Bonzone Locomotive, Bond's of Euston Road (MRACcat 1933).jpg 1,105 × 1,600; 246 KB
- Diesel locomotive LMS 10001 (Bond's of Euston Road).jpg 800 × 600; 304 KB
- Evaluating old paintwork (Bonds Brighton Belle restoration project).jpg 2,800 × 1,867; 728 KB
- Heavy-duty Bonds electric bogie (Bonds Brighton Belle restoration project).jpg 2,200 × 1,467; 682 KB
- Henry Greenly locomotive blueprints (Bond's 1946).jpg 1,072 × 1,600; 379 KB
- JE Skinley loco and rolling stock blueprints (Bonds 1946).jpg 1,119 × 1,600; 351 KB
- Miniature Sewing Machines (Bonds 1932-2ed).jpg 1,754 × 2,200; 1.38 MB
- Preliminary seating layout test (Bonds Brighton Belle restoration project).JPG 1,800 × 1,200; 901 KB
- Pullman Car Brenda (Bond's of Euston Road).jpg 1,200 × 677; 413 KB
- Pullman Car Brenda, pic2 (Bond's of Euston Road).jpg 1,200 × 675; 501 KB
- Tank locomotive SR 329 Stephenson, Märklin MTK 1020 1021 (Bonds 1932-2ed).jpg 2,500 × 789; 812 KB
- Testing sightlines (Bonds Brighton Belle restoration project).jpg 683 × 1,024; 274 KB