The Tri-ang-Hornby era

The amalgamation of two of the bestknown names in British model railways brought the Hornby range to a new and much wider audience, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES explains.

A selection of Tri-ang Hornby steam locomotives including an ‘L1’ 4-4-0 (top), two versions of its popular model of the Gresley ‘A3’ 4-6-2 4472 Flying Scotsman and one of the best British steam locomotive models of the early 1970s – BR ‘9F’ 2-10-0 92220 Evening Star.
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The cover of the 1965 Tri-ang Railways catalogue announced the joining of the two famous railway brands to create Tri-ang Hornby for British outline ‘OO’ gauge model railways.
As well as appealing to the model collector, Tri-ang Hornby also sought to attract younger generations. The Battle Space collection was aimed to attract younger modellers first and foremost. This is the full range of Battle Space products from its 1969 catalogue.

PRIOR TO THE TAKEOVER, Hornby Dublo trains had always been considered to be, both by their manufacturer and by their customers, far superior to the plastic versions produced by Tri-ang Railways. Being much more expensive than their competitor they tended to be owned by more affluent children, and there were many Tri-ang owners who made no secret of the fact that they would have liked to own a Hornby Dublo trainset instead.

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