Matchbox Yesteryear: Y04-1-A Sentinel Steam Waggon (1928)

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Although "The Yesteryear Book - 1956-2002" (McGimpsey & Orr) lists only 4 variations of the model with three roof supports, albeit with a NOTE to the effect examples are known to exist with the centre roof support missing, I am now convinced sufficient of these examples exist to warrant a sub-issue classification for these models and have applied a sub-issue classification to models in my collection.

The centre roof support was often broken off during the fettling process, yet the models proceeded to the spraying process and were subsequently passed through the production lines and eventually issued to the retailers without the Quality Control staff or Assembly staff rejecting the item. These genuine factory pieces can be clearly identified by the ABSENCE of bare metal showing where the centre roof support would normally be attached to the cab body and roof, i.e. there is a complete coat of paint over the position it would normally be attached. BE AWARE items that have later had the pillar broken off are sometimes passed off as these genuine factory pieces.


This model is the Matchbox Yesteryear Y4-1-A-2a Sentinel Steam Waggon (1928)* in Blue with Black chassis. It comes with its original type A line drawing style box.

*NOTE: The spelling of "WAGGON" is correct as these items were made at the Sentinel Waggon Works (1920) Limited's factory in Shrewsbury.

The model has decals to the front, sides, and rear of the vehicle which all read "Sand & Gravel Supplies". The rest of the body is Blue while the chassis, smoke stack (chimney) and water tank are all black. There is no interior detail or glazing.

Body Colour: Blue body & black chassis
Paint Trim: Gold
Radiator/Grille: None
Wheel Hubs: Grenodised, 8 spoke front and grenodised 16 spoke rear
Tyres: None
Box Type: line drawing type A
Other Comments/Identifying Features: This model has three roof pillars. The model has 2 lines of text on its base, parallel to the front axle, that read "Lesney, England". The model number "No. 4" is cast on the underside of the unpainted segment below the chimney stack, forward of the front axle. The base and chassis casting is held in place with one spread fixing lug. The model has gold trim on the chimney rim and on the right hand side box on the chassis. The decals (waterslide transfers) are all Yellow text inside a red outlined box and read "Sand & Gravel Supplies" - on a single line down the sides and on two lines front and rear.

Issued 1956 to 1959, with a stated scale of 1:100.

Item: 3063


This model is the Matchbox Yesteryear Y4-1-A-2a Sentinel Steam Waggon (1928) in Blue with Black chassis. It came originally in a type A or B line drawing style box.

The model has decals to the front, sides, and rear of the vehicle which all read "Sand & Gravel Supplies". The rest of the body is Blue while the chassis, smoke stack (chimney) and water tank are all black. There is no interior detail or glazing.

Body Colour: Blue body & black chassis
Paint Trim: Gold
Radiator/Grille: None
Wheel Hubs: Grenodised, 8 spoke front and grenodised 16 spoke rear
Tyres: None
Box Type: None, should be line drawing type A or B box
Other Comments/Identifying Features: This model has three roof pillars. The model has 2 lines of text on its base, parallel to the front axle, that read "Lesney, England". The model number "No. 4" is cast on the underside of the unpainted segment below the chimney stack, forward of the front axle. The base and chassis casting is held in place with one spread fixing lug. The model has gold trim on the chimney rim and on the right hand side box on the chassis. The decals (waterslide transfers) are all Yellow text inside a red outlined box and read "Sand & Gravel Supplies" - on a single line down the sides and on two lines front and rear.

Issued 1956 to 1959, with a stated scale of 1:100.

Item: 3064


    This model is the Matchbox Yesteryear Y4-1-A-2b Sentinel Steam Waggon (1928) in Blue with Black chassis. It was packed originally in the type A or B line drawing style box.

    The model has decals to the front, sides, and rear of the vehicle which all read "Sand & Gravel Supplies". The rest of the body is Blue while the chassis, smoke stack (chimney) and water tank are all black. There is no interior detail or glazing.

    Body Colour: Blue body & black chassis
    Paint Trim: Gold
    Radiator/Grille: None
    Wheel Hubs: Grenodised, 8 spoke front and grenodised 16 spoke rear
    Tyres: None
    Box Type: no box, should be line drawing type A or B
    Other Comments/Identifying Features: This model has only two roof pillars, the third pillar having been removed during the fettling process prior to spray painting. There is NO evidence of bare metal where the third (centre) pillar should be. The model has 2 lines of text on its base, parallel to the front axle, that read "Lesney, England". The model number "No. 4" is cast on the underside of the unpainted segment below the chimney stack, forward of the front axle. The base and chassis casting is held in place with one spread fixing lug. The model has NO gold trim on the chimney rim but does have gold trim on the right hand side box on the chassis. The decals (waterslide transfers) are all Yellow text inside a red outlined box and read "Sand & Gravel Supplies" - on a single line down the sides and on two lines front and rear.

    Issued 1956 to 1959, with a stated scale of 1:100.

    Item: 3046


    This model is the Matchbox Yesteryear Y4-1-A-2b Sentinel Steam Waggon (1928) in Blue with Black chassis. It was packed originally in the type A or B line drawing style box.

    The model has decals to the front, sides, and rear of the vehicle which all read "Sand & Gravel Supplies". The rest of the body is Blue while the chassis, smoke stack (chimney) and water tank are all black. There is no interior detail or glazing.

    Body Colour: Blue body & black chassis
    Paint Trim: Gold
    Radiator/Grille: None
    Wheel Hubs: Grenodised, 8 spoke front and grenodised 16 spoke rear
    Tyres: None
    Box Type: no box, should be line drawing type A or B
    Other Comments/Identifying Features: This model has only two roof pillars, the third pillar having been removed during the fettling process prior to spray painting. There is NO evidence of bare metal where the third (centre) pillar should be. The model has 2 lines of text on its base, parallel to the front axle, that read "Lesney, England". The model number "No. 4" is cast on the underside of the unpainted segment below the chimney stack, forward of the front axle. The base and chassis casting is held in place with one spread fixing lug. The model has NO gold trim on the chimney rim but does have gold trim on the right hand side box on the chassis. The decals (waterslide transfers) are all Yellow text inside a red outlined box and read "Sand & Gravel Supplies" - on a single line down the sides and on two lines front and rear.

    Issued 1956 to 1959, with a stated scale of 1:100.

    Item: 3065