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Astra-Pharos 0 Gauge

(London, UK)

First and foremost, anyone with an interest in any of the products issued by Astra-Pharos is recommended to purchase The Toys of Astra-Pharos, by David J Booth. ISBN 978 0 9556361 0 3

Astra Pharos were manufacturers of numerous other (non toy) products, from just after WWI until January 1975. Toy production began in the early 1930s, and continued until the tooling was sold in the mid 1950s. The toys included garages and harbours, traffic lights and railway signals as well as a significant range of military weapons and searchlights, and the railway vehicles illustrated below.

The military range was introduced in 1937, and included the gun on railway wagon, illustrated below. The chassis is shared by models 11 and 20, and the gun below had a barrell 3.5 inches long, which propelled a wooden shell by means of a firing mechanism and cap. Initial models were painted khaki, changing to dark green in late 1938.

The no. 11 searchlight truck was also introduced in 1937, and initial models were painted khaki, changing to dark green in late 1938. Both coulours are illustrated below. Note the searchlight was powered by a battery, clipped below. There was no provision for track power.


Model number 20, 'Gun on 0 Gauge Railway Truck'

Model number 20, 'Gun on 0 Gauge Railway Truck'

Model number 20, 'Gun on 0 Gauge Railway Truck'

Model number 20, 'Gun on 0 Gauge Railway Truck'

Model number 20, 'Gun on 0 Gauge Railway Truck'

Model number 20, 'Gun on 0 Gauge Railway Truck'

Model number 11, 'Searchlight on 0 Gauge Railway Truck'

Model number 11, 'Searchlight on 0 Gauge Railway Truck'

Model number 11, 'Searchlight on 0 Gauge Railway Truck'

Model number 11, 'Searchlight on 0 Gauge Railway Truck'

Model number 11, 'Searchlight on 0 Gauge Railway Truck'

Model number 11, 'Searchlight on 0 Gauge Railway Truck'

Model number 11, 'Searchlight on 0 Gauge Railway Truck'

Model number 11, 'Searchlight on 0 Gauge Railway Truck'

Model number 11, 'Searchlight on 0 Gauge Railway Truck'

Model number 11, 'Searchlight on 0 Gauge Railway Truck'

Model number 11, 'Searchlight on 0 Gauge Railway Truck'

Model number 11, 'Searchlight on 0 Gauge Railway Truck'

The following model shows an enterprising owner's attempt to replace the battery with a roller pickup, to utilise power from the third (centre) rail . The pickup appears to be mounted on a thin strip of wood, to insulate the pickup from the truck chassis. Return would be via the four wheels.


Model number 11, 'Searchlight on 0 Gauge Railway Truck'

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