Category:Tri-ang Minic Narrowgauge Railway (TRMN)
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Tri-ang Minic Narrowgauge Railway (TRMN)
|1963 - 1966|
The Tri-ang Minic Narrowgauge Railway (TMNR) was a ten-and-a-quarter-inch gauge "garden railway" system made at the Minic Canterbury Works and announced in 1963.
The Minic factory decided to produce the range because it was comparatively simple to make, with the more complex parts (the electric motor and power supplies) being bought-in from specialist contractors, and because nobody else seemed to be making garden railways any more, so there was no outside competition. However, after having sold a few systems and realised the difficulty of achieving ongoing sales, the company realised why nobody else made garden railways any more, and ended the product.
The main system was designed around a green single-seater battery-powered "Golden Arrow" locomotive with two sprung four-wheel bogies, a steel floor and plastic bodywork (TMNR1) and a matching two-seater Pullman coach (TMNR11).
Both pieces were carefully designed to be child-friendly, with smooth curves to give the plastic shells maximum strength, and also to eliminate sharp corners which might encourage impact damage or potentially give bystanders a nasty knock.
The 1963 leaflet also shows a roughed-out design for a second locomotive, the Shunting Engine TMNR2, which was designed to look more like a traditional steam-powered tank locomotive.
The system was available with track and al required accessories, and seems to have been pretty well designed, to industrial standards. The company sold a pair of locomotives to Butlins, and hoped to sell more to visitor attractions and to people wanting simple low-maintenance ride-on garden railways, but having sold an initial clutch of machines, realised that because the systems were so self-contained, opportunities for add-on-sales to existing customers were severely limited, and since there was a limited customer-base it was perhaps sensible to "quit while they were ahead" and cease production in 1966 ... despite how good and how fun the product was.
- TMNR homepage (tmnr.co.uk)
- Lymden Lodge Light Railway (lymden-lodge.com)
- Triang Minic at Butlins, 1960s (lightstraw.co.uk)
- "Build a Garden Railway, "Broome Garden Railway", Beatties of London advert, 1966 (tri-angrailways.com)
- Ten and a Quarter Inch Gauge Society (tenquarter.org)
- Triang Minic Narrowgauge Railway, Rhyl (Postcard from late 1970s) (flickr.com) – photos
- Triang Minic Narrowgauge Railway, photographs (tri-angsociety.co.uk) –photos
- Mike and Becky Slatter's TMNR loco on display (alresford-toy-trains.org.uk)
- Mike Slatter at Alresford 2006 (tri-ang.co.uk)
- "Do you remember Minic trains in back gardens?", Canterbury Times (canterburytimes.co.uk)
Media in category ‘Tri-ang Minic Narrowgauge Railway (TRMN)’
The following 16 files are in this category, out of 16 total.
- Controls and Safety Control, TMNR (TMNRBroc 1963).jpg 2,872 × 1,026; 359 KB
- GEC electric traction motor (TMNRBroc 1963) (13).jpg 2,689 × 1,753; 483 KB
- General layout considerations, TMNR (TMNRBroc 1963).jpg 1,386 × 2,200; 562 KB
- Golden Arrow Locomotive TMNR1, dimensions (TMNRBroc 1963).jpg 3,000 × 2,200; 475 KB
- Golden Arrow Locomotive TMNR1, overview (TMNRBroc 1963).jpg 3,654 × 2,191; 1.53 MB
- Golden Arrow Locomotive TMNR1, seating and controls (TMNRBroc 1963).jpg 2,000 × 1,278; 629 KB
- Ordering details, TMNR (TMNRBroc 1963).jpg 2,200 × 1,623; 780 KB
- Price list, components, Triang Minic Narrowgauge Railway, TMNR (TMNRBroc 1963).jpg 1,545 × 2,000; 1,023 KB
- Price list, systems, Triang Minic Narrowgauge Railway, TMNR (TMNRBroc 1963).jpg 1,387 × 2,000; 900 KB
- Pullman Passenger Car TMNR11, dimensions (TMNRBroc 1963).jpg 3,000 × 2,200; 491 KB
- Pullman Passenger Car TMNR11, Emerald, overview (TMNRBroc 1963).jpg 3,654 × 2,025; 1.34 MB
- Pullman Passenger Car TMNR11, seating layout (TMNRBroc 1963).jpg 2,000 × 1,203; 543 KB
- Shunting Locomotive TMNR2, for garden railways (TMNRBroc 1963).jpg 2,711 × 2,013; 595 KB
- Tri-ang Minic Narrowgauge Railway, TMNR, brochure front cover (TMNRBroc 1963).jpg 3,200 × 2,347; 2.05 MB
- Triang Minic Narrowgauge Railways, colour logo (TMNRBroc 1963).jpg 2,879 × 1,616; 1.27 MB