Hornby at 100

Celebrating 100 years of Hornby

2020 marks 100 years since Hornby produced its first 'O' gauge tinplate models from its factory on Binns Road in Liverpool. The October 2020 issue of Hornby Magazine celebrates this milestone in the company's history and we are bringing all of our Hornby 100 content together here from the entire year for your reading pleasure. Discover Hornby's history, its best models, those that were never made and much more.

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Hornby 100 EVENING STAR

WITH HORNBY’S Centenary year drawing to a close, the manufacturer delivered another of its special commemorative models during November with the arrival of speciallypackaged ‘OO’ gauge BR ‘9F’ 2-10-0 92220 Evening Star in BR lined green with late crests.

Gold-plated Clan Line surfaces

Hornby has shared images of its forthcoming special Centenary year limited edition 'OO' gauge model of Bulleid rebuilt 'Merchant Navy' 35028 Clan Line in BR lined green with late crests (Cat No. R3824), bearing gleaming gold-plated metal parts.

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The Tri-ang Connection

While Hornby’s rich heritage owes much of its existence to Frank Hornby’s vision from the 1920s, the route to today’s highly detailed ‘OO’ models is not so straightforward, as MARK CHIVERS discovers.

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Hornby's best locomotive of all time!

The votes have been counted and we can now reveal the locomotive that you chose as Hornby’s Best Locomotive of All Time in our public vote at KeyModelWorld.com. MIKE WILD has the results.

VIDEO: The Hornby Magazine Show | September 2020

Join Hornby Magazine's Mike Wild, Mark Chivers and Richard Watson as they bring us a Hornby Centenary Special. Richard visits Hornby's Margate offices, Mike brings you up to date with the latest news and we profile Railmen of Kent's superb Great Model Railway Challenge layouts from 2019. Watch it here!

VIDEO: Hornby's Captain Tom Moore Class 66

Hornby's limited edition model of GBRf Class 66 66731 Captain Tom Moore - A True British Inspiration has arrived (Cat No. R30069). The model has been produced by Hornby to raise funds for the NHS and all 3,500 have been sold. In total it raised £140,000 for the NHS through sales on Hornby's own website.

VIDEO: Centenary 'Smokey Joe'

Amongst Hornby's 2020 centenary items is its plucky Caledonian Railway 0-4-0ST which is best known for its appearance in the Hornby catalogue as 'Smokey Joe'.

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Hornby Magazine | October 2020

Welcome to Hornby Magazine October 2020 celebrating 100 years of Hornby. This special issue features 172 pages of modelling content including an exclusive competition to win one of Hornby's celebratory limited edition Sir Nigel Gresley train sets plus runner up prizes of Hornby 2020 memorabilia. Inside we have a series of special features to celebrate this momentous occasion in Hornby's history and much more besides. Read the full magazine in PDF format here and check out our latest video content in the Online Exclusives section.

Thank you NHS CLASS 800!

Hornby’s special limited edition of just two models arrived in August. Hornby Magazine takes an exclusive look at the NHS Class 800 power car in its unique colour scheme.

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Resurrecting the dinosaur

In the year that marks Hornby’s centenary, TIM SHACKLETON unlocks the potential of some classic models from the last half-century.

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Hornby models that were never made

In today’s world it is hard to think of new products being prepared but never released, but during the mid-1970s and early-1980s Hornby had a run of prototypes which didn’t make it to the shops. MIKE WILD looks back to the past through Pat Hammond’s recent Centenary year Hornby Book of Trains to reveal some tantalising models which never made it to the shops.

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Growing up with Hornby

To celebrate Hornby's Centenary TIM SHACKLETON looks back at the profound influence the Hornby brand has had at key of his 60-year modelling career.

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Reality Check: LNER ‘N2’ 0-6-2T

Perhaps the most popular model of the early Hornby Dublo period was the LNER’s ‘N2’ 0-6-2T, which launched the Dublo range alongside the Gresley ‘A4’ in 1938. Many variations, some more realistic than others, followed. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES looks back at the history of this often modelled but unappreciated class.

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Hornby’s die-cast ‘Duchess’

Hornby has revisited one of its most soughtafter Hornby Dublo locomotives with a modern twist to create a new version of the Stanier ‘Duchess’ 4-6-2 with a diecast body. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at this enticing limited edition.

VIDEO: Hornby Dublo Duchess of Atholl

In the latest issue of Hornby Magazine (HM160) we take a detail look at Hornby's new Hornby Dublo inspired model of Stanier 'Duchess' 6231 Duchess of Atholl. Watch this new release in action on our test track here.

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Stanier ’Princess’ upgrades

New to the Hornby collection in its 100th anniversary year is the latest generation model of Stanier’s first ‘Pacific’ design – the ‘Princess Royal’. MIKE WILD breaks out his tools to give 46207 a digital makeover with the addition of sound, ‘stay alive,’ working lamps and a smoke generator too.

VIDEO: Hornby 'Princess' with digital sound

In the latest issue of Hornby Magazine we show how to install digital sound, 'stay alive', working lamps and a smoke generator into Hornby's new 2020 version of the Stanier 'Princess Royal' in 'OO' gauge as part of our Hornby Centenary special issue. Watch the finished model in action here.

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Dublo in the '60s

The Modernisation Plan of the 1950s created huge interest, with many clamouring to model the latest trains. Hornby Dublo was quick off the mark and often produced models even before the prototypes had taken to the rails, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES relates.