Ruston-Bucyrus excavator Matchbox

Ruston-Bucyrus excavator

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Matchbox Major Pack 4


Ruston-Bucyrus 22-RB excavator

Model appeared in 1959 and removed in 1965 according to the Moko Lesney Matchbox Toy Collecting website.

Scale unspecified. According to a correspondent of mine, it could be between 1/92 and 1/100.

All the pictures confirm that Matchbox did not respect the Ruston-Bucyrus “graphics standards”: cabin bordeaux at the bottom, yellow at the top, and chassis dark grey. Normal: for obvious reasons of cost, at Matchbox, a part received only a single colour.


  • Jib repared.
  • Tracks purchased from Model Car Parts (Holland). They are green, while the original were grey, if I’m not mistaken.

Quotation of essexmodelsandminiatures (itself largely derived from wikipedia), broken link.

Ruston-Bucyrus Ltd was an engineering company established in 1930 and jointly owned by Ruston and Hornsby based in Lincoln, England and Bucyrus-Erie based in Bucyrus, Ohio, the latter of which had operational control and into which the excavator manufacturing operation of Ruston and Hornsby was transferred.
The Ruston-Bucyrus 22-RB was a middle of the range unit and many are still in use today.


Ruston-Bucyrus excavator MatchboxRuston-Bucyrus excavator Matchbox

Ruston-Bucyrus excavator

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Dimensions of 22-RB

Dimensions of 22-RB.