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Britains 0 Gauge

(London, UK)

The firm of Britains was established by William Britain in the 1840s, initially producing hand made mechanical toys, later moving to cast toys, and, in 1893, hollow cast figures, a process devised by William Britain's son, also William. Britains figures dominated the market, including such ranges as railway staff, circus, farm and zoo figures and animals, football teams, military figures, civilians, cowboys and Indians, Boy Scouts and many more, hollow cast giving way to plastic in the mid 1960s. Ownership of Britains has changed several times since being sold by the Britains family in 1984, although production continues to this day.


Britains 0 scale figures set 1256, Railway Station Staff

Britains 0 scale figures set 1256, Railway Station Staff

Britains figures set 155, Railway Station Staff

Britains figures set 155, Railway Station Staff

Various Britains railway figures

Various Britains railway figures

Various Britains railway figures

Britains crane
Image credit Vectis Auctions

Britains crane
Image credit Vectis Auctions

The automatic signals illustrated feature a thin wire which, with the signal set to clear, is tripped by a passing train, thereby setting to signal to danger. The signal posts are wooden, with cast metal bases and finials.


Britains signals, for Bassett-Lowke. No 1 single arm, height 11 inches and no 2 double arm, height 14 inches
Image credit Vectis Auctions

Britains signals, for Bassett-Lowke. No 1 single arm, height 11 inches
Image credit Vectis Auctions

Britains signal, for Bassett-Lowke. No 2 double arm, height 14 inches
Image credit Vectis Auctions

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