Decauville System

These were models of the narrow gauge, using 9mm gauge track to a scale of 3.5 mm / foot. Originally there was only one loco, one toast-rack coach, one 4-wheeled tipper wagon and one bogie logging wagon in the range. They were based on the narrow gauge trains produced by the French Decauville factory.

In the final years of Playcraft these were supplemented by the addition of the Egger-Bahn range of models, which Jouef bought out in 1967. The range had its own mini catalogues for three years, the 1969 version incorporated a limited number of items and a price list. By 1970 the catalogue featured more of the Egger-Bahn range but this was destined to be the last one.

The original Decauville trains alongside a reduced range of Egger-Bahn items continued to be produced by Jouef for a number of years after the demise of the main Playcraft range. It was latterly known as 'un amour de petit train' or 'A cute little train' but had ceased to be included in the catalogues by the end of 1972. Much later in the late 1980's, some further examples were re-introduced but they were inferior to the originals .

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Playcraft original range

Cat No:

Picture

Description

Livery

P10 Decauville loco 0-4-0 Locomotive Green
P20 Tipper wagon Tipper wagon Red/Green, grey/brown or khaki/brown
P21 Timber wagon Bogie log wagon Red & black
P40 Toastrack coach

Bogie Open Passenger Coach

Red/Green

Ex Egger-Bahn added in late 1960's

Cat No:

Picture

Description Livery

P11

Contractors loco

Diesel Works Loco

Black & brown

P12

Loco No:5

Steam Tank Loco

Black & blue

P13

Articulated railcar

Articulated Steam Railcar

Blue/cream

P14

Western loco

'Western' loco with tender

Green/black

P15

Diesel loco

Diesel Loco

Dark green/black

P16

Electric loco

Electric Loco

Dark green/black

P17

Fiery Elias tram engine

'Fiery Elias' steam tram

Dark green/black

P22

SWB van

Goods Van

Brown

P23

livestock wagon

Bogie Open Cattle Truck

Natural Wood

P24

Refrigerator van

Proprietary Goods Van (Kaiser Friedrich Quelle)

White

P25

Low sided wagon

Dropside Goods Wagon

Brown

P26

Stanchion wagon

Bogie flat wagon

Natural Wood

P27

Western coach

Western Coach

Yellow

P28

Luggage van

Closed Wagon

Brown

P29

Luggage van

Closed wagon

Dark Green

P41

Coach

2nd/3rd Class Coach

Brown

P42

Luggage van

Luggage Van

Brown

P43

Clerestory coach

2nd/3rd Class Coach

Dark Blue

P44

Clerestory luggage van

Luggage/Passenger Coach

Green

P46

Coach

2nd/3rd Class Coach

Green

P47

Fiery Elias coach

Passenger Coach for 'Fiery Elias'

Green

Playcraft Track

Cat No

Picture

Description

P60

Straight track

Straight

P603

One third straights

1/3rd Straights

P70

Curved track

Curve

P703

One third curves

1/3rd Curve

P80

RH points

RH Point - electric or manual

P81

 

LH Point - electric or manual

P85

Power lead

Power Connector

P99

 

Re-railer

Decauville Sets

Cat No

Picture

Description

Comments

P1600

Quarry set

Quarry Train Set

P10 loco, 3 x P20 tippers, 2 x P60 straights, 4 x P70 curves, P99 re-railer, P85 Power connector

P1610

Passenger set

Passenger Set

P10 loco, 2 x P40 passenger coaches, 2 x P60 straights, 4 x P70 curves, P99 re-railer, P85 Power connector

P1650

Quarry layout

Quarry Train Layout

A decorated expanded polystyrene pre-formed layout complete with track, B305 hopper loading installation building the P10 loco and 3 x P20 tippers

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