Hornby launches ‘TT:120’ range!

A brand-new collection of locomotives, rolling stock, track, buildings and accessories has been revealed by Hornby to drive the introduction of ‘TT:120’ scale modelling.

On October 10, Hornby revealed its brand-new range of ‘TT:120’ scale model railway products covering locomotives, carriages, wagons, track, buildings and accessories introducing the first all-new product range from Hornby for 50 years.

The new ‘TT:120’ scale is scaled to 1:120 and known as Table Top railway (TT) and is smaller than ‘OO’ gauge meaning that it is more suited to modern homes where space is at a premium.

The first signs of ‘TT:120’ for the UK market came in June when Peco revealed its new range of track components and buildings. Hornby has been developing its range of ‘TT:120’ scale products for several years and has a long-term vision for its development of products to support the new scale.

Richard Watson and Mike Wild inspect the first 'TT:120' products at Hornby Hobbies offices.
Richard Watson and Mike Wild inspect the first 'TT:120' products at Hornby Hobbies offices. Mike Wild.

Hornby’s product launch covers a spectrum of items from starter train sets to individual locomotives, carriages and wagons as well as its own track system, buildings and, through Oxford Diecast, road vehicles. The first locomotives to arrive will be the Gresley ‘A3’ and ‘A4’ 4-6-2s offered individually and in train sets containing Pullman and BR Mk 1 carriages respectively.

“We have been developing Hornby TT:120 for several years”, explains Simon Kohler, Marketing & Product Development Director, “and it represents a substantial investment. Hornby TT:120 provides many solutions for those who really want to create a model railway but have little or no space for the larger ‘OO’ size.”

The first components of the new Hornby ‘TT:120’ collection to arrive are track and buildings. The first train sets containing the Gresley ‘A3’ and ‘A4’ are due to arrive before Christmas with further products set to follow regularly.

The Gresley 'A3' 4-6-2 will be one of the first two locomotives to be released for 'TT:120' by Hornby.
The Gresley 'A3' 4-6-2 will be one of the first two locomotives to be released for 'TT:120' by Hornby. Mike Wild.

Hornby is also changing its distribution for ‘TT:120’. The Margate based company will be selling its new range exclusively through its dedicated website and has set up a Hornby TT:120 Club with membership benefits including 15% discount on all purchases from the new range.

HORNBY ‘TT:120’ PRODUCTS

The first sets to be produced by Hornby for 'TT:120’ will be the ‘Easterner’ (Cat No. TT1002M) containing Gresley ‘A4’ 4-6-2 William Whitelaw in BR lined green, a trio of BR Mk 1 carriages, an oval of track and a controller. This will be joined by the ‘Scotsman’ set (TT1001M) which contains Gresley ‘A3’ 4-6-2 2550 Blink Bonny in LNER lined apple green, three Pullman cars with lights and the same circuit of track and controller. Prices are set at £194.49 and £215.99 respectively.

The sets will be joined in the new year by the arrival three further ‘A4s’ modelling 4468 Mallard in LNER garter blue (TT3007M), 60016 Silver King in BR lined green (TT3008M) and 60025 Falcon in BR lined blue (TT3009M) plus ‘A3s’ 4472 Flying Scotsman in LNER lined apple green (TT3004M), 60078 Night Hawk in BR lined green (TT3005M) and 60084 Trigo in BR lined green with smoke deflectors (TT3006M). Prices for these locomotives are set at £145.99 each.

The Gresley 'A4' will be a signature item of the new Hornby 'TT:120' collection.
The Gresley 'A4' will be a signature item of the new Hornby 'TT:120' collection. Mike Wild.

The Stanier ‘Duchess’ 4-6-2 will follow soon afterwards to continue the steam collection as well as classes 08, 43 HST power cars, 50 and 66 for diesel modellers. In the longer term, Hornby will also create models of the BR ‘9F’ 2-10-0, GWR ‘Castle’ 4-6-0, BR ‘Britannia’ 4-6-2, Stanier ‘Black Five’ 4-6-0 and GWR ‘57XX’ 0-6-0PT plus classes 31, 37, 47, 67, 73 and 800 on the diesel and electric front.

All locomotives will be DCC ready with a Next18 DCC decoder socket and space for a DCC sound speaker while they will also have NEM coupling pockets to the same specification as ‘N’ gauge models with ‘TT:120’ couplings to match European products.

The first diesel to be released for 'TT:120' by Hornby will be the Class 08 diesel shunter.
The first diesel to be released for 'TT:120' by Hornby will be the Class 08 diesel shunter. Mike Wild.
Development work for a 'TT:120' Class 50 is advancing. This is a 3D printed sample.
Development work for a 'TT:120' Class 50 is advancing. This is a 3D printed sample. Mike Wild.
Complete HSTs will be available in 'TT:120'. Here 3D printed power cars join engineering samples for the Mk 3 coaches.
Complete HSTs will be available in 'TT:120'. Here 3D printed power cars join engineering samples for the Mk 3 coaches. Mike Wild.

‘TT:120’ ROLLING STOCK

Hornby’s ‘TT:120’ range extends to rolling stock with the first phase set to deliver individual Pullman Kitchen First and Brake Third coaches together with BR Mk 1 Corridor Composite (CK) and Brake Second Corridor (BSK) vehicles. There will also be a collection of Stanier Period III 57ft corridor coaches, BR Mk 2E locomotive-hauled vehicles and HST Mk 3 trailer coaches. Future development includes plans for Gresley and Collett corridor carriages for LNER and GWR modellers together with BR Mk 1 parcels stock.

Freight vehicles start with seven-plank open wagons, 12ton vent vans and 14ton tank wagons for the steam era and ex-LNER diagram 034 ‘Toad’ brake vans. Modern era modellers will benefit from the HAA Merry-Go-Round hopper as well as the TTA tanker while future releases will cover VEA and VGA vans, KFA container flats and Seacow ballast hoppers.

The first goods wagons for 'TT:120' have reached the decoration stage.
The first goods wagons for 'TT:120' have reached the decoration stage. Mike Wild.
Stanier Period III carriages are being developed for 'TT:120' by Hornby.
Stanier Period III carriages are being developed for 'TT:120' by Hornby. Mike Wild.
First engineering samples of Hornby's 'TT:120' 21ton mineral wagons.
First engineering samples of Hornby's 'TT:120' 21ton mineral wagons. Mike Wild.
Engineering samples for Hornby's new 'TT:120' scale wagons.
Engineering samples for Hornby's new 'TT:120' scale wagons. Mike Wild.
The HAA merry-go-round hopper will be produced for 'TT:120'.
The HAA merry-go-round hopper will be produced for 'TT:120'. Mike Wild.

TRACK AND ACCESSORIES

The ‘TT:120’ track range from Hornby will be based around code 80 rail and will focus on sectional track pieces and insulated frog points. The range will cover first-fourth radius curves together with left and right-hand points, crossings and power tracks.

All track components will be available individually and customers will also be able to chose from a selection of track extension packs to expand an initial ‘TT:120’ train set.

Hornby's 'TT:120' collection covers locomotives, rolling stock, track, buildings and accessories.
Hornby's 'TT:120' collection covers locomotives, rolling stock, track, buildings and accessories. Mike Wild.

Completing the launch of ‘TT:120’ is a collection of Skaledale buildings with the first set replicating Dent station and its associated structures in the scale. There will also be straight platform sections and ramps. Further buildings are planned for the future including a set of GWR inspired railway structures.

Oxford Diecast is entering the ‘TT:120’ scale market with a collection of road vehicles to complement Hornby’s new railway range. These will model the Bedford OB coach, Dennis F12 fire engine, Land Rover Series 2, Morris 1000, Austin taxi and Scammell Mechanical Horse.

Visit our dedicated ‘TT:120’ page for more information.