Toy railway wagon, Hornby BR No.50 ‘Saxa Salt 251 10T 6.6.10’

Made in Liverpool, Merseyside, England, United Kingdom, Europe, 1957-1969.

This toy railway Saxa Salt wagon, made between 1957 and 1969, is one of the items of goods rolling stock built by Meccano Ltd for their 0-gauge range of Hornby toy trains. The Hornby toy trains and accessories are a microcosm of railway social and technological history in Britain during the first half of the twentieth century.

Trains were the first form of modern transport to be reproduced as toys. Wooden pull-along trains were available in Britain from the 1840s, not long after the commercial...


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Physical Description

The private owner's wagons and vans added to the charm and realism of the Hornby toy train layouts. In full-size railways these were owned privately by various companies, and not by the railway company which was running them.

The No.50 private owner's Saxa Salt railway vehicle is four-wheel, bright yellow tin-printed wagon with a black-enamelled base, grey-enamelled roof and a dummy brake lever on each side. The wording 'Saxa Salt' appears in large red letters on the sides. Small red numbers near the bottom of the wagon, '251 10T 6.6.10' indicate the weight, truck number and other details also in red. There is a hinged door on the roof for interior access.



85 mm


55 mm


170 mm



The No.50 Saxa Salt wagon is one of the No.50 series of goods rolling stock introduced by Hornby in 1957. It was the last new series of wagons to be made by Meccano Ltd in the 0-gauge range of toy trains and manufactured when this gauge was on the decline and the smaller 00-gauge taking precedence in production and sales. The Saxa Salt wagon replaced the Cement wagon.

Some of the other goods items made in the No.50 series were a flat truck, goods van, refrigerator van, and brake van. A good indicator that a wagon is a No.50-type is the addition of the dummy brake lever, except on the brake van. The Saxa Salt wagon was available until 1969.

Graebe, Chris and Julie, The Hornby Gauge 0 System, New Cavendish Books, London, 2002





This toy railway wagon is part of a large collection purchased by the Museum in 1985 from the tin toy collector, Ken Finlayson. As a boy, Finlayson admired steam trains but never owned a train set. As an adult he began collecting Hornby model trains, and his interest spread to other toy trains and tin toys. He increased his collection at auctions, swap meets and market stalls, and through his connections with toy dealers and other serious collectors. Some toys were simply found sitting neglected on the shelves of remote country newsagencies, brand new and never opened.

Finlayson's knowledge and love of toys brought him a collection of nearly 2000 items, including highly collectable tin-plate toys manufactured by respected names such as Carette, Bing, Marklin and Lehmann, as well as a variety of other German, English and Japanese makers. The Finlayson collection contains every type of transport toy - cars, trucks, tractors, fire engines, buses, motorcycles, aeroplanes, ships and trains, as well as novelty toys, robots, kitchen toys and Meccano sets. It represents the type of toys that were available in Australia throughout most of the twentieth century, including ones made here by Boomaroo, Wyn-toy, Cyclops, Ferris and Robilt. These Australian toys were usually built from heavy-gauge pressed steel rather than thin tin plate, making them sturdy enough for rough treatment in Australian backyards and sandpits.

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Toy railway wagon, Hornby BR No.50 'Saxa Salt 251 10T 6.6.10' 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 21 January 2018, <>


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This object is currently on display in Transport at the Powerhouse Museum.

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