Links & Acknowledgements

There have been several articles about Playcraft and its chequered history written by the well-known author and collector Pat Hammond (of Tri-ang fame) for the Train Collectors Society magazine, TCS News. I have drawn on these and other articles, my thanks to the authors.

There have also been several articles published in the Model Railway Collector (formerly Model Railway Enthusiast) magazine with colour photos. I have illustrated several pages with some of these colour photos. My thanks to the folks at MRC, which has unfortunately now ceased publication. However the web page is now expanding rapidly under Pat Hammond and is well worth a look.

The November and December 2001 editions of the excellent French toy magazine 'La Vie de Jouet' contained two interesting articles about the history of Jouef which feature some Playcraft too.


I have also been assisted and encouraged by Steve Knight of the Kitmasters Collector's Club who also has an interest in all things Playcraft. My thanks to him. The TCS Magazine for summer 2001 included a series of very informative articles by Steve about Playcraft Railways. There are also a number of back issues of TCS which contain articles about Playcraft.

The 'Classic BRM' magazines for May and June 2001 also included a couple of articles by Steve about Playcraft Railways.

I have also been helped and encouraged enormously by James Day, the membership secretary of the TCS, who kindly allowed me to photograph his large collection of Aurora, Playcraft and Jouef building kits, which has greatly expanded the range of pictures on these pages. My thanks to James.

I must also thank Bill Thursfield, a member of the SNCF Society for additional information about Playcraft and Jouef.

Sites of Interest

My own site concerning Jouef trains from the beginnings up to circa 1981 can be found at 

There is an excellent site about various European models of French trains at

I host another site about Tri-ang at 

There is an interesting site from Scotland's Eastbank Model Railway Society which features photos of the Night Ferry (Paris-London) in prototype and model form . Also on the site are a number of good photos of Class 29 locomotives by Allan Trotter.

For those of you interested in modelling UK prototypes there is a site called the British 1:87 Scale Society which features the North British diesel locomotive as well as 1.87 scale locos and stock from Lima and other sources. There is now also a site devoted to Lima's attempt to crack the 3.5mm market in the UK.

Dave Angell has a new site which includes Playcraft here

Highways System

There is a site concerning model racing cars which features the much sought-after Playcraft Highways System with history of the brand. My thanks to 'The Toybaron' for information and photographs. Check out the website on If you're into diecast there is a splendid sales site at

Buildings kits

There is sometimes a good source of Playcraft buildings kits at the site which I can thoroughly recommend as a satisfied customer.

Full sized Railways 

If you're interested I also have the following sites operational concerning the recent history of the former BR Old Dalby railway test track on the Nottinghamshire/Leicestershire border. which includes pictures of my involvement with the testing of trains etc on the former BR and abroad over the last 30 years. This site is gradually being expanded but currently includes the early days of the Sprinter DMU's, class 91, prototype HST, the Advanced Passenger Train, Brecknell Willis pantograph, Automatic Train Protection etc.

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