With every item of news, we seem to be returning to the depressing late 1940’s/ early 1950’s austerity and the divisive attitudes of that period.
The announcement that Hornby are to produce a 21st century model of the LMS Duchess of Atholl locomotive, is brighter news, bringing back some good memories of that time. Memories of the Hornby Dublo loco of the same name – one of the high points of my model railway childhood. Together with Sir Nigel Gresley in LNER livery of Garter Blue, these were Hornby Dublo’s finest, even though the models themselves came out just before WW2. It would take H-D some years to produce them in British Railways livery.
Although I loved these models, I never saw the originals- it was a life of M-7’s and “Spam Cans” on my part of the real railway!
I have just received the Hornby Maunsell coaches labelled Pull- Push coaches.
Now as I had this sort of train in view of my bedroom window from 1 day old to age 9 or so, I was told and knew them as push-pull.
Who is right?
Today , the 15th May, was in 1863, in Liverpool, the birth day of Frank Hornby. He invented Meccano and founded the company who gave us Hornby Trains, Hornby Dublo & Dinky Toys.
Lets also not forget Meccano Magazine, and the clubs; the Meccano Guild, still in existence or part of the Model Engineering world and the Hornby Railway Company groups, which were the starting point for most of the oldest model railway clubs in the UK and the Commonwealth.
I seem to have missed these in previous announcements
Kernow are indicating they are open for pre-orders 4 ex L&SWR 48’ compartment stock as rebuilt by Maunsell as 58’ non corridor
R4717 3rd class
R4718 6 compt. Lav. Composite
R4719 ditto 3rd class
R4720 9 compt. Lav. 3rd Class
These are good for SR ex L&SWR branch line and main line stopping trains Good for Axmouth & South Kensington layouts
During 2016 delivery £39.99 each
Not shown on Hattons site yet
HOBBY NEWS- Air smoothed Merchant Navy from Hornby in 2016
Hornby have confirmed they are developing new model of this iconic class of locos for issue in 2016
HORNBY MOVE TO SANDWICH
Hornby have announced they are moving their office staff from their original site at Margate to Discovery Park Sandwich part of the former Pfizer site. The move is planned for May & involves the transfer of 150 existing staff.
The Hornby Visitor Centre remains at Margate.
Hornby have announced Southern loco S15, in addition to the Adams Radial announced at Warley and the Class 700 announced last year. The Class 71 announced at Warley is in fact a proposed 2016 introduction.
New livery/number options for the T-9, M7, WC and Schools classes are also planned. The 2-Hal and 2-Bil also appear in new livery &/or number versions. See Hornby site for full details