Hornby reveals new locomotives for 2021 range

05 January 2021
Hornby Dublo returns, plus new A1 4-6-2, 9F 2-10-0 and Ruston & Hornsby 88DS headline Hornby 2021 range announcements.

2020 – the year that was virtual. Our yearly December pilgrimage to the Hornby headquarters at Margate was – much like 2020 – cancelled, and held virtually instead. Hosted by the dynamic duo of Montana Hoeren, Brand Manager, and Simon Kohler, Marketing and Development Director, it proceeded in its usual format. Despite the challenging economic and retail circumstances of 2020, Hornby remains focused on new product development, and despite delays to some of its models, the manufacturer isn't shying away from investing in new products, some of which came as a welcome surprise.

Here we'll focus on the 'big ticket' items from its 2021 range, but the manufacturer has also announced:

  • Maunsell dining saloon thirds and composites
  • Mk. 4 coaching stock with DVTs
  • An SR bogie luggage van
  • A Mk. 1 BCK
  • A number of Railroad and Railroad plus items

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The return of Dublo

A name which harks back to the birth of OO gauge, Hornby Dublo is a brand name which the manufacturer recently revived as part of last years' 100th anniversary range. Sales must have performed well, because the manufacturer is introducing more models in retro packaging. Locomotives hark back to the origins of the manufacturer too, with die-cast bodies rather than injection-moulded plastic, making the models heavier and hence providing more tractive effort – useful for those with heavier or longer trains. Tenders remain injection-moulded in plastic however, as per models in the latter days of Hornby Dublo, re-using existing tooling from Hornby's present range. Three locomotives are to be produced:

Hornby Dublo City of Leicester R3918

Packaging is attractive, in-line with that which surrounded its R3819 LMS 6231 'Duchess of Atholl' limited edition, released last year.

Hornby R3918 Dublo City Of Leicester

Hornby Dublo (R3918) 'City Of Leicester'

R3970 Hornby Dublo Merchant Navy Elders Fyffes

Hornby Dublo (R3970) Merchant Navy 'Elders Fyffes'

R3971 Dublo Merchant Navy General Steam Navigation

Hornby Dublo (R3971) Merchant Navy 'General Steam Navigation'

Expected to arrive first is the Coronation 'Pacific' in February 2021, followed by the two 'Merchants' around July. RRP is anticipated to be around £264.99, each.

Main range

New LNER P2 2-8-2

A surprise came as the manufacturer unveiled plans to re-tool its Railroad P2 2-8-2 locomotive Cock 'o The North – a less than seven-year-old model. This all-new model will cater for variants among the class, from new-build No. 2007 Prince of Wales, to No. 2002 Earl Marischal or streamlined No. 2003 Lord President. Models are expected late-2021, with an RRP of £209.99 each.

Their release to market is timely, considering that new-build P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales is expected to hit the rails around the same time – coincidence? Hmm...

Prince of Wales No. 2007 Hornby R3983

(R3983) P2 Class 2-8-2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales.

Hornby R3984 P2 Earl Marischal

(R3984) P2 Class 2-8-2 No. 2002 Earl Marischal. SCIENCE AND SOCIETY PICTURE LIBARY/NRM

Hornby R3985 P2 rebuilt Lord President

(R3985) P2 Class 2-8-2 No. 2003 Rebuilt Lord President THE TRANSPORT TREASURY

New A1 and A3 4-6-2

LNER steam locomotive fans have another model to look forward to – an all-new A1 and A3. Four variants have been proposed, with models expected to be delivered in September 2021. A die-cast footplate will feature, assisting the tractive effort of these models over previous iterations, in addition to a flickering firebox feature. Models carry an anticipated retail price of £209.99, subject to change.

Gresley's Class A3 Pacific was a development of Gresley's GNR A1 design originally introduced 1922. The first A3 was an A1 conversion, LNER 4480 (later BR 60111). Several more followed before new build locomotives were fitted from new with the diagram 94HP 220lbs boiler. The first engine built as an A3 was LNER 2743 (later BR 60089) in the summer of 1928. Subsequently, all remaining A1s were converted, the last being 60068 in December 1948.

Hornby A1 King of the Thistle

(R3989) A1 4-6-2 No. 2564 'Knight of the Thistle' in LNER green (Era 3).

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Hornby A1 Doncaster

(R3990) A1 4-6-2 No. 2547 'Doncaster' in LNER green (Era 3).

Hornby A1 Flying Scotsman

(R3991) A3 4-6-2 60103 'Flying Scotsman' in BR green early crest (Era 4), now a part of the national collection.

Hornby A3 Lemberg

(R30087) A1 4-6-2 No. 45 'Lemberg' in LNER war-time black (Era 4).

BR 9F 2-10-0

Continuing the theme of powerful locomotives, Hornby is also re-visiting its Riddles 9F 2-10-0 locomotive, too. Models are catering for standard versions initially, though Hornby didn't rule out investigating Crosti-boilered variants, or those allocated to Tyne Dock and fitted with Westinghouse Pumps to power the Consett Iron Ore wagons. Double chimney, single chimney and mechanical stoking variants are being made possible, with an impressive five variants of the BR.1 tender being catered for. "This will be taking model design to the next level", said Hornby's Simon Kohler.

Hornby R3986 9F

(R3986) 9F 2-10-0 92167

Hornby R3987 9F 92194

(R3987) 9F 2-10-0 92194

R3937 Hornby 9F Evening Star

(R3937) 9F 2-10-0 'Evening Star'. The 999th BR Standard locomotive to be constructed – and last – was named following a competition.

Ruston & Hornsby 88DS

Who could argue that Hornby's Ruston & Hornsby 48DS hasn't been popular? We've seen numerous layouts created around it. Small locomotives sell, hence this new addition to the range comes as no surprise – the Ruston & Hornsby 88DS 0-4-0. Interestingly, this model – the larger cousin of the 48DS – isn't to be provided with a match truck. And, if its model of the 48DS is anything to go, we can expect it to carry many liveries over the coming years, however, in its launch year, we can look forward to the following, expected to arrive in July, 2021:

Hornby Ruston & Hornsby 88DS

Ruston & Hornsby 88DS (R3894) North British Distillery Co. Ltd, 0-4-0, No. 4 (Era 6)


Hornby Ruston & Hornsby 88DS

Ruston & Hornsby 88DS (R3895) 0-4-0, No. 3 (Era 11)


Hornby Ruston & Hornsby 88DS

Ruston & Hornsby 88DS (R3896) 0-4-0, No. 84 (Era 6)


Hornby Ruston & Hornsby 88DS

Ruston & Hornsby 88DS (R3897) 0-4-0, No. 20 (Era 7)

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What do you think of the new announcements? Head over to our forum, RMweb.co.uk and join in the conversation, plus discover behind-the-scenes audio from the Hornby 2021 range presentation day and more announcements.


Can i comment on the new A1A3s,i have most of hornbys previous models in LNER and BR versions and i am upset by the reduction in accuracy of this model,my most big disapointment was the model of Scotsmen in its 1924 exhibition state,two wakefield lubricaters,there was only one fitted,the other was a detroit one worked from the cab,where was the GN lamp iron,what about the brass beading on the splashers, missing,what is the lever on the left hand side where did that come from,and the dull finish,this was the exhibition loco,gloss finish,burnished tyres,what a letdown and a chance missed,no wonder they have so many unsold ones,o i forgot the inflated price for a substandard loco.If you think i am too hard look at R2406 the model from long ago of "Great Northern"correct in all ways,Hornby have set the bar high in the past so do not blame me for wanting a correct model.Just one more point the new A2/2,a model i was so looking forward to,60501,the front coping on the tender is too high it was lowered in 1948,plus the sandbox shields should not be there, removed in 1950,60505 the BR crests applied in June 1957 along with many other engines were applied wrongly with the lion facing forward on both sides,on 60505 and 60503 this was never corrected,Hornbys own publicity photo shows it clearly in the position,but they have got that wrong.to some people these might seem small points,but i like models to be correct,Hornbys standards seem to be on the slide,worse they never listen.

Posted by Eric Holmes on Sun 21 Feb 19:08:07