TINPLATE The beginning of British model trains in ‘O’ gauge

Frank Hornby’s tinplate trains were the wonder of the world when they first made an appearance in 1920 and they became the ‘must have’ toy for every youngster with an interest in railways, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES recalls.

‘Britain’s favourite model railway brand

Hornby produced its first ready-to-run model railway locomotive in 1920 and it is now a household name for train sets as well as producing top of the line collector’s models. New in its 2017 range was this ‘OO’ gauge model of Stanier ‘Duchess’ 4-6-2 46256 Sir William Stanier F.R.S. in British Railways lined maroon livery.

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