The strange rail vehicles by France-Jouets
(Written by PG)
Created in Marseille in 1946 by JM Moheng and H Fauvel first with the name “Wamoo”, then “France-Jouets” ….
… .this Company established itself on the market by producing tin toys, zamak and plastic.
If it may include of any kind, especially road vehicles, often battery operated, such as, for example, buses ….
In this case it is not the trademark of Italian Biaggi, but, as described in thearticle about this last, of what bears the initials of George Ernest Merli,
who had filed in 1951 to propose to the French market’s trains tin OO scale, with carriages and its production cars and locomotives of the German Dressler.
The cars of this set have the odd distinction of being labeled as belonging to the “DB”, but to have written in French like this hoppers ….
Even in France-Jouets railway has always shown a preference for strange vehicles or special. This category includes the so-called railbus.
In reality some examples of these rare vehicles is already in the 20’s in France ….
in South America ….
Returning to France Jouets, in 1955 this manufacturer decided to produce, starting from an already existing body, a small railbus scale HO / OO driven by an electric motor powered by a battery …
This unique vehicle is equipped with easily removable metal frame from the body in order to change the cylindrical battery that fits at the interior of the body ….
The small electric motor engages on front axle, equipped with railway wheels of large diameter plastic, while the rear bearing axis is equipped with small wheels.
“… .Our buses can operate independently of any plastic rails with two and three rails without affecting the running of other trains …”
Note that the actual vehicles which resemble rail bus France-Jouets are the Emmine of FCL.
Of course the France-Jouets Toy TEE undoubtedly plays in a lower category than the beautiful reproduction of Como firm ….
A singular peculiarity lies in the fact that it adopts the same frame of the rail bus, this time of engine equipped on a unit and crowds on the other.
The result is a funny propelled two elements (marked SNCF !!), with four aces in all, two with large wheels, two with small wheels.
The superstructure of the two elements is made of two plastic colored parts in the mass, for the red and yellow case for the roof.
The market shows no sign of liking it much either this little TEE faithful to reality nor these strange bus freelance …
… And, despite their undoubted originality, their production lasts just over a year ….
Note that I have found traces of limited and ephemeral sales of this material, but also in Italy, from Noè and Mastro Geppetto in Milan, De Bernardini in Vicenza, and Testi in Padua.
I think that most of the pieces produced both ended up in the dustbin or destructive childish hands and making them today quite rare and sought after, especially by collectors of this brand.
(@March 31, 2016)