Friday, December 22, 2017

Taylor & McKenna van

Taylor and McKenna wagon

An interesting addition to the Beatties collection courtesy of the excellent Nick Brad. He arrived at the recent Digitrains open day and thrust this wagon in my hands. I looked puzzled and he explained that Beatties bought out the chain in 1987, so it had a rightful place in my collection. 

A quick look on-line brings up a short discussion on the Airfix Collectors forum with this info:

Taylor & McKenna Toy & Hobby Centres were a chain of toy shops in the south east of England, pretty much a fore-runner of Beatties model shops.
They had stores in Aylesbury, Banbury, Bletchley, Hemel Hempstead, Kettering, Luton, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Peterborough, Staines and Central London. They went bust in the early 80's.

The original store (selling just model railway stuff) was at 98, Craven Park Road, Harlesden NW10

A shop in Banbury? That's just down the road from me. How did I miss it?  

I see they also had their own glue, which I presumably need to find a tube of. 

Can any reader tell me more?


Phil H said...

I used to use the Banbury store quite often in my late teens.
It was by the townhall, in the row of shops that now contains Specsaver and McDonalds.
I seem to remember toys on the groundfloor and models upstairs.
They sold the usual ranges of Hornby, Airfix, Revell, humbrol etc, plus they were early sellers of Z gauge.
At least after they closed we still had Trinders.
Ahh those heady days before internet shopping.

Ian Cooper said...

Going looking for a tube of old glue?'s gonna be difficult - you'll probably get stuck!

Unknown said...

Worked in the luton shop when I left school that's was many years ago,and have picked up the model train bug again

Unknown said...

YES worked in the luton shop when I left school my first job many happy years then

Unknown said...

I was the manager 1979 to 1982