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Hornby was at first a tradename for the railway productions of Meccano Ltd and based in Liverpoolwhich released its first train, a clockwork 0 gauge 1: Some of the station pieces were inspired by 22013 railway station. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

As for their O gauge locomotives, electric Hornby Dublo locomotives ran on a third rail electric system with the track built on a pressed tinplate base.

This range is known as Hornby International. An electric train soon followed but was under-designed and the few that were made were sold in France. Remaining stocks of 0 gauge were either scrapped or sold to the local retailer Hattons. The locomotives were diecast metal, and the carriages and wagons were generally made of tinplate.

Electrotrem fans had been concerned that it could be the end of the brand, but just as the name Hornby was once a tradename of Meccano, Airfix is now a successful tradename of Hornby. Even though the export models were often painted in ‘foreign’ liveries, Hornby trains looked very British. By Hornby was facing challenges from Palitoy and Airfixboth of which were producing high quality detailed models. In September Electrotrej released its first steam-powered 00 gauge locomotive, a model of the record-breaking Mallard.

These were colourful and attractive, but low-market and only clockwork. The range expanded quickly, but was curtailed from due to World War IIproduction being completely suspended in InLines Bros Ltd. Locomotives equipped with a Zero 1 decoder could not be used on conventional direct current systems, making it difficult to run one’s locomotives on friends’ layouts or club layouts.


The takeover was at the request of the Spanish company and was not due to obvious financial problems. It was fuelled by butane gas, from cigarette lighter refills. Control of points and other accessories was available in a very simple manner.

The British Toy Business: In actalogo, Hornby and Meccano were bought by their competitor, Tri-Ang[1] and sold on when Tri-ang went into receivership.

Hornby attempted to break into the American market by setting up a factory in in Elizabeth, New Jerseyto make American-style trains. As of mida range of these products has been made available under the Hornby International brand, refitted with NEM couplings and sprung buffers and sockets for DCC decoders.

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To provide more torque from the small cylinders, gearing was adeptly hidden between the cranks and the wheels. Andrews Church for example, provided the inspiration for their scaled down models, although others are adapted to suit a particular price point or subject.

A 16 channel command control system named Zero 1 was introduced in late Christmas saw the launch of the new Hornby Shop at Margate in Kentwith the visitor centre still in production. Both OO and HO use the same track gauge, but their scales are different. Cstalogo was a common issue with command control systems in that time period.

The first clockwork train was produced in The interest and demand proved so positive that the range increased the following year to include new domestic style buildings plus the introduction of station and trackside buildings.


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The boiler was considerably smaller than the external diameter, surrounded by a thick insulating jacket to prevent burns. Many of the buildings are the same as their Skaledale equivalent, except in different scales, to save the cost of designing a new model. These could be assembled either way round, to give either curved or electeotren track. Pre Hornby trains have enjoyed a level of adult collector interest since the s.

The system is still used today by many modellers, highlighted by the demand on such sites like eBay for the items in the second hand market. MargateKentEnglandU.

Ina special commemorative model of LNER Class A4 Sir Nigel Gresley was produced, in period packaging, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of this introduction. In the Hornby Railway Collector’s Association was founded to cater for this and currently enjoys a membership approachingproducing 10 journals a year, as well as other literature. Hornby Railways became independent in the s, and became listed on the London Stock Exchangebut due to recent [ when? All the trains reached their destinations and the British team won.

In October PAM announced their new management team who elextrotren join the company and steer through the turnaround.

Hornby created these buildings thanks to the success of their 00 gauge buildings [ citation needed ]cwtalogo they call Skaledale. In lateMeccano Ltd. The track was of asymmetric moulded plastic units, representing the fishbelly rails of the period.

Views Read Edit View history. Electrotren had been the Spanish importer for Scalextricsold in Spain as Superslot.