Q. Where were Lone Star's
factories located and do any survive today?
A. From about 1946, the
"Lone Star" (Die Casting Machine Tools Ltd.) factory,
called "The River Works", was located at
152 Green Lanes, Palmers Green,
North London. These premises were sold
around 1981-82 to a Chemist's
Sundries company. The buildings, used
by the other trade, still survive today.
However, two other factories; one at
Hatfield (originally built from scratch)
and nearby Welham Green, Hertfordshire,
both acquired in the mid and late
1950s were, some thirty years later, sold,
demolished and their former sites are
Q. 'Lone Star' products
were well-known for their model cars, trucks and trains. What
else did they manufacture?
A. The company originally
acquired a degree of fame, from 1949, for its die-cast, cap-firing,
metal pistols and rifles which were mainly
'Western' (or Cowboy) in their theme.
The firm also produced unbreakable plastic
figures, known as 'Harvey' Series
generally thought of as being of
'00'-scale, and produced an infinite variety of
these figures, both 'on foot' and
'mounted', between 1957-69.
(See: "The Bumper Book of 'Lone Star'
Diecast Models and Toys 1948-88")
Q. Presumably, many of
Lone Star's models and toys are in the hands of collectors
nowadays. Where can I see examples of
A. Yes! Many do form
useful collections around the country (and the world. .)
but a wide selection of these items can be
viewed at Lone Star's annual exhibition
held at Whitewebbs Museum
of Transport, near Enfield, Middlesex, (U. K.).
Photos of the museum can be viewed on the "Whitewebbs Museum" page of this site.
For those who have a Lone Star collection,
large or small, and would like to display it
to the public, this can be done without any
charge to the would-be exhibitor.
Please 'click' the Whitewebbs Museum
'link' to find out the next exhibition date
and all necessary details including a road
map of the North Enfield district. Nearest
train station: Crews Hill (King's
Cross, London - Hertford North, line).
Q. Do any of the original
documents of 'Lone Star' Products survive for anyone wishing to
research the company and, if so, where can
they be viewed?
A. Mill Green Museum, just
north of Hatfield, Hertfordshire [Tel: +44 (01707)
271362] holds many original documents
relating to the Company. These
include some technical drawings, numerous
trade catalogues and Minute books
of Directors' meetings 1944-83 to mention
just a few. The Museum Curator
will be able to specify which other 'Lone
Star' documents are held there.
The Department of Trade and Industry,
Companies House, Dissolution Section,
Crown Way, CARDIFF, CF14 3UZ, (U.K.) [Tel:
+44 (029) 20380854] can
provide 'microfiche' images of any of
D.C.M.T.'s documents formerly submitted
to the D.T.I. pre-October 1983 (Quote ref.