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Durham Industries

DURHAM INDUSTRIES

Durham was an importer in the 1960's and 1970's based in New York, NY. They imported a lot of toys from Hong Kong. Most Durham trains are roughly 'O' Scale and run on plastic track. The rolling stock is very short, and has 2 axles with a mock 4-wheel sideframe. Durham also imported some 'S' Gauge and smaller sets as well. The smaller scale sets can be seen HERE

These style of trains were later imported under the Scientific Toys name and continue to be imported under the EZ-TEC brand. Durham trains and their successors can usually be identified by one of three types of locomotives. The tooling for the Durham 0-6-0/0-4-0 has been around since the 1960's, and the molds are still being used. Durham also produced a 2-4-0 'Old Timer' and a General Electric U-30-B Diesel locomotive. The 2-4-0 is still being produced, but the diesel hasn't been in several years. There is also an 0-6-0 with a large 'old timer' smokestack that appears in a couple of non-Durham branded sets but with identical cars. It's probably safe to say that these were made by the same Hong Kong company that originally made Durham's trains. Newer versions of this loco have also surfaced.

There was a wind-up version of the 0-6-0 with an 0-4-0 mechanism. The diesel also came in wind-up and battery versions. The Old Timer is solely a battery operated locomotive.

Rolling Stock info is below, and Durham and successor train sets can be found HERE

LOCOMOTIVES

Image from collection of legoblunoser - Scientific Toys version shownImage from collection of legoblunoser
ImageTypeKnown VersionsNotes
0-6-0 Steam Loco0-6-0 Steam LocomotiveBattery - Early versions had cut-out windows
0-4-0 Steam Loco0-4-0 Steam LocomotiveWind-up - Same body as 0-6-0 - Image courtesy eBay member activitymac69
Old Timer Steam Loco'Old Timer' 2-4-0
  • Black w/Red Wheels
  • Red - Mickey Mouse
  • Blue/White - Smurf Express
  • Grey/Black w/Red Wheels (Shown)
GE

U-BoatGE U-30-BBattery Powered Version
GE U-BoatGE U-30-BImage from collection of legoblunoser

Durham trains only had a few styles of rolling stock, but they were molded in many different colours. Other similar trains out of Hong Kong used a sideframe with spoked wheels, and some smaller scale Durham imported trains used this. For the majority of the 'O' scale equipment though, the solid wheel side frame was used. Most Durham sets using the steam locomotives had hook and loop couplers, whereas the diesel sets came with plastic knuckle couplers. Most new EZ-TEC equipment uses the knuckle couplers.

Other importers have brought out similar trains, and the long passenger coach seems to be from them. So far it doesn't appear in any Durham branded sets. This coach is still available in sets today, and has the spoked wheels.

DURHAM/SCIENTIFIC TOYS ROLLING STOCK

Image from collection of legoblunoser
ImageTypeNotes
Coal TenderStandard steam tenderImage from collection of legoblunoser - EZ-Tec Version shown
Old Timer TenderOld Timer TenderImage from collection of legoblunoser - EZ-Tec Version shown
GondolaGondolaImage from collection of legoblunoser - EZ-Tec Version shown
boxcarBoxcarImage from collection of legoblunoser - Some versions had a separate base and opening doors
tankerTank Car3-Dome Tank Car - 2 Pieces
Work CabooseWork CabooseImage from collection of legoblunoser
cabooseCentre Cupola CabooseImage from collection of legoblunoser - EZ-Tec Version shown
Old Timer Passenger CarOld Time CoachImage from collection of legoblunoser - EZ-Tec Version shown

OTHER ROLLING STOCK

ImageTypeNotes
Long Passenger Coach2 pieces - Imported by Kamco and others. Locomotive similar to Durham

Any questions, comments or corrections - Please e-mail me Dan MacKellar

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