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With reference to the article on the Tri-ang Princess Class. Here are a couple of photos of my two examples.





R.53 Green "Princess Elizabeth" with R.31 Tender. Made around November-December 1958.





R.50 Black "Princess Victoria" with R.30 Tender. Made in 1961.
 

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I had a black Rovex one in a train set for my 5th birthday which would make it 1951 if my memory is correct .it was fantastic,though the plunger pickups were a bit obvious even at 5 .They did their job though .My cousin also got one at the same time and immediately wrapped it in cotton wool and put it away .He then played with mine clumsily .He did the same with my Dinky toys .Forgiven ...never
 

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The spalpeen still has it tucked away in his house doubtless watching it all rise in price and issuing gloats of delight .He is a bit tight .I hope it gets chassis rot and mice nibble his Dinky boxes ,vindictive...moi?.I still send him a Christmas card though .
 

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Nice to see those Princes's Sarah - it's quite possible my late mother painted the buffer beams on one or both of your locomotives as she worked at the Westwood factory for a while.
 

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QUOTE (rossi @ 13 Feb 2009, 18:52) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I had a black Rovex one in a train set for my 5th birthday which would make it 1951 if my memory is correct .it was fantastic,though the plunger pickups were a bit obvious even at 5 .They did their job though .My cousin also got one at the same time and immediately wrapped it in cotton wool and put it away .He then played with mine clumsily .He did the same with my Dinky toys .Forgiven ...never


I had one exactly like that (the locomotive - not the brother !)
 

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Anyone interested in the detail of the Princesses should have a look at Pat Hammond's 'The Story of Rovex' which is already into three volumes covering from 1950-1996 and he's already working on volume 4!

There are many pictures of the Princesses with information on the various versions, liveries etc.

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Tri-ang's even longer lasting "Princess".

There is an error or two in the article.

The "Princess" class was NOT withdrawn in 1969. In fact the model made a comeback as a ready to run model in 1969, when the Maroon "The Princess Royal" was re-released.

From 1961 until 1969, while unavailable ready to run, the "Princess" was only available as a "CKD"Kit. (After 1967, known as an "Assembly Pack".) This was the Green "Princess Elizabeth".

The Maroon "The Princess Royal" was only made as a "Assembly Pack" Kit in 1970, when 1,217 kits were released.

Later "Assembly Pack" Kits were made using the L.M.S. "Princess Elizabeth".

Completely Knocked Down (a term borrowed from the car building industry, who used it to describe "Kits" made for the Export market.)

In fact the model was in continuous development until 1974, and another livery, making Four "Colours", was introduced in 1970. This was L.M.S. Maroon, with three alternative names and numbers.

Final developments included nickel tyred wheels (1970) and "Exhaust Steam Sound" in the tender.(1971)

(Information gleaned from Pat Hammonds "Rovex" Books, mentioned in the above post.)
 

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I know its not as accurate as later Hornby Princesses but I still have a 1971 vintage LMS Princess Elizabeth and she still works. She was the star of my model railway until my Black 9F came along 3 years later. The model definitely has lots of charm. I'm sure my 2004 Princess won't last as long!

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had a black Rovex one in a train set for my 5th birthday which would make it 1951 if my memory is correct .it was fantastic,though the plunger pickups were a bit obvious even at 5 .They did their job though .My cousin also got one at the same time and immediately wrapped it in cotton wool and put it away .He then played with mine clumsily .He did the same with my Dinky toys .Forgiven ...never
=============================================================================IHi Rossi
I too had one of these Rovex beasts in 1951 for Christmas, It had a great big black battery box with 2 big batteries in it.
I remember well the grey track, and 2 small suburban coaches. It was not long on Christmas Day that it stopped working as the batteries were flat.I was so jealous of a friend of mine as he had a Hornby Dublo Duchess of Atholl ( 3 rail) and that flew around the track. I seem to remember the Rovex models ( later Tri-Ang ) were the "poor mans " models, my how things have progressed.
 

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Hi there folks,
I was born in 1950 and during that period I was given a Tri-ang trainset by my father, which cost 拢4.7s.6d (old money). It was the passenger set "Princess Victoria". This was superseded by the obligitory tin train set and massive track circle. (I tried to hammer to tracks together to make a cross-over !!)

But after dad bought Princess Victoria, this started me off on the road to proper Model Railways. I sold everything years later and got the following:- job, married, kids, divorce, - and now I am unemployed and living with my daughter, her fiancee and my first grandson, and now I am re-kindling the old hobby again with a Hornby Industrial + a few other bits'n'bobs.
But I have always loved the 'Princess ' class locos as they look very strong and powerful, and it was these that helped me start the hobby. I would dearly love to be able to get another one, just as a fond memory, to keep in a small glass case and hopefully one day in the future, hand to my grandson....
Nice to meet everybody and enjoy a lot of interesting layouts and marvel at the amount of realism in those layouts.
Even I am divorced I can say ..... I am a happy husband enjoying a Hornby hobby

Regards .......... Brian Adams.

P.S. It's great to see the old Princess Victoria again, especially this close..... fond memories .... aahhhhhh...
 

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QUOTE (BrianAdams @ 4 Mar 2009, 03:39) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>But I have always loved the 'Princess ' class locos as they look very strong and powerful, and it was these that helped me start the hobby. I would dearly love to be able to get another one,

P.S. It's great to see the old Princess Victoria again, especially this close..... fond memories .... aahhhhhh...

Hi Brian, Have you thought of going on ebay and having a look!.

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My own Princess.
Despite the fact that the buffer beam has warped with age, it still has it's original X01 motor and brushes and is in full working order.



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Thanks Sarah,

Current value of the roller Princess is around 拢2,500, but it's unlikely that any members here will have one in their collection. There's a picture of one in the book, The Story of Rovex Vol.1 1950-1965, page 14.

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Ive got 7 princesses in total with 2 in full working order and one plunger pick up type in bits but is missing a lot of parts it was nice to see K9-70 s plunger pick up princess in such good condition.
 

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QUOTE (K9-70 @ 23 Mar 2009, 20:15) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Current value of the roller Princess is around 拢2,500

I did have one - way back in the early 60's and it was second hand then, I think it came from the now long defunct Thanet Models.

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hi all, had a princess lizzie stored away in the attic for the past 35 years so got it out recently to start model raiways again, but had fogotten that the front end beyond the boiler was totally missing as was half the chimney
. Won a princess vikky on e-bay with the intention of using it for a mould using silicone
. Needless to say that did not pan out
, has any one any ideas on how I might accomplish this repair and get it back to its former glory alongside vikky?
cheers ken
 
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