The Company

   

Merit, a brand of the long-gone J&L Randall Ltd. of England, was a line of toys that included model railway detailing accessories that were manufactured for them in Hong Kong.

Sold in small blister packs, these items were also available under the generic name Miniature Railway Accessories (MRA); the mushroom artwork makes it look as though one might expect to see these hanging in Michael's.

 
 

Subsequently the Pritchard Patent Product Company of England, a.k.a. Peco, obtained ownership of the old Merit line.

They have re-released many of the items under their Model Scene (MS) brand. In addition, they now offer unpainted figure sets, which comprise complete casting trees. However, these do not appear to be the source of the painted figures, so further investigation is needed to determine how these are all related. Furthermore, all of the products are now marked "Made in England," which raises the question, did Peco somehow obtain the old tooling from Hong Kong? Meanwhile, all of these same figures and animals also appear to have been imported, painted and rebranded by Silver City in California.

The Figures

These are plastic figures sold in blister packs. The unpainted figures look like Preiser knock-offs.

Merit #

MRA #

MS #

Description

5150

 

 

Station staff

5151

221

 

Passengers set A

5152

 

 

Passengers set B

5153

222

 

Passengers set C (male)

5154

223

 

Passengers set D (female)

5155

224

 

Passengers set E (seated)

 

 

5156

Unpainted figure set A

 

 

5157

Unpainted figure set B

5166

227

5166

Cable laying party

5167

228

 

Track maintenance party

5170

229

 

Loco crew

5171

230

 

Porters & luggage

5172

231

 

Porter, barrels & sacks

5173

232

 

Porter, drums & crates

5176

233

5176

Farmer & pigs

5177

234

5177

Shepherd & sheep

5178

235

5178

Horses

5179

236

5179

Cows

Where to Buy

Available through some online UK shops, as well as eBay.

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