1925 Allchin Traction Engine
elegant little model was the first to be issued
in the Yesteryear range. Throughout the
production life it maintained its colour scheme
of green and red. Later models appear in a
somewhat brighter green than earlier models. The
main variation can be found with the wheels. Very
early models had straight un painted treads and
command very high prices (above £200 m&b).
The treads then progressed to angled, painted and
unpainted with the last issues having smooth,
unpainted wheels. These last issues are extremely
rare and command prices in excess of £500. In
general, expect to pay around £100 from a dealer
for a 'standard issue' and around £50 or so at a
swapmeet. These prices, in common with all those
quoted on these pages, are of course for mint,
boxed examples. For unboxed and even slightly
imperfect models expect to pay significantly
The version I have
in my collection is issue19 with a silver boiler
door. This is quite a scarce variation as the
boiler door is more commonly gold or copper.
Green boiler doors are in fact the scarcest. This
model is unboxed with a slight chip behind the
boiler. I paid £10 for this at a local swapmeet
- if you look bargains can be found!
||The rear wheel diagonal
tread of the most common Allchins.
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