06 July 2020
As part of the celebrations in Hornby’s official anniversary month, Hornby and Corgi will produce a Bristol Lodekka carrying many of the brand names and logos synonymous with the firms over the last 100 years.
In 1920 Frank Hornby launched Hornby Trains with the first model being a clockwork Gauge ‘0’ pressed tinplate locomotive and produced initially in four different railway company liveries of the day.
1938 saw the launch of Hornby Dublo where the scale of the models were roughly half of Gauge 0. In 1948 manufacturing at Binns Road, Liverpool recommenced with the production of both the Hornby 0 and Hornby Dublo trains.
1950 saw the first Rovex train set produced but a year later the company was purchased by Line Bros and the name changed to Tri-ang Railways. Eventually, the two brands joined together and became Tri-ang Hornby but over time the brand name was reduced to just Hornby.
The livery on the Bristol Lodekka carries many of the brand names and logos synonymous with Hornby over the last 100 years, with the destination board displaying either Binns Road No. 20 or Westwood No. 64 denoting the year that Lines Bros acquired Hornby.
The models are available to order via both the Hornby and Corgi websites or with Hornby/Corgi stockists.