Hornby celebrates centenary with limited edition models


By Howard Smith

06 January 2020

Model manufacturer, Hornby, is to celebrate its 100th year of business with a nod to its heritage models.

This year sees Hornby reach its 100-year anniversary - a giant milestone for any manufacturer. The manufacturer plans to capitalise on its rich history by producing limited edition models in retro-inspired packaging as a part of its centennial of model manufacturing.

In a presentation to members of the model railway press by Hornby's Simon Kohler on December 9. To commence, we were treated to the following video presentation, made in-house by the Hornby team...

It was explained that the UK's oldest model railway manufacturer still in existence is to release limited-edition models, each to celebrate a decade of its manufacturing history from the 1920s to the 2010s. Availability of models is subject to change, though an outline for each is presented below:

1920s

Hornby Tinplate anniversary model

Hornby Tinplate anniversary model

Hornby Tinplate anniversary model

Hornby Tinplate anniversary model

Hornby Tinplate anniversary model

  • WHAT? A range of four ‘0’ Gauge tinplate locomotives using new tooling
  • WHEN? January-September 2020
  • HOW MANY? Limited to 100 units per locomotive
  • Specific period packaging
  • 100 years logo mark
  • Ltd. Edition certificate

1930s

Hornby A4 set

Hornby A4 limited edition 100 years

  • WHAT? LNER A4 No. 4498 Sir Nigel Gresley, two LNER teak coaches, plus oval of track, controller and transformer
  • WHEN? June 2020
  • HOW MANY? Limited to 1000 units
  • Hornby-Dublo period packaging
  • 100 years logo mark
  • Ltd. Edition certificate

1940s

Hornby Dublo Duchess of Atholl

Hornby Dublo Duchess of Atholl

  • WHAT? LMS No. 6231 Duchess of Atholl with die-cast locomotive body
  • WHEN? May 2020
  • HOW MANY? Limited to 500 units
  • Hornby-Dublo period packaging
  • 100 years logo mark
  • Ltd. Edition certificate

1950s

Dublo diecast

Dublo diecast VW

  • WHAT? A selection of Dublo diecast vehicles
  • WHEN? May 2020
  • HOW MANY? Limited to 2000 units of each
  • Dublo Diecast period packaging
  • 100 years logo mark

1960s

Triang Railways Rocket

Triang Railways Rocket

  • WHAT? Stephenson's Rocket and three pre-grouping coaches
  • WHEN? Feb 2020
  • HOW MANY? Limited to 1500 units
  • Tri-ang Railways packaging of the 1960s
  • 100 years logo mark
  • Ltd. Edition certificate

1970s

Tri-ang Hornby

Tri-ang Hornby 9F

9F commemorative plaque

  • WHAT? BR 9F 92220 Evening Star
  • WHEN? July 2020
  • HOW MANY? Limited to 1000 units
  • Tri-ang Railways packaging of the 1970s
  • Commemorative makers plate
  • 100 years logo mark
  • Ltd. Edition certificate

1980s

  • WHAT? BR 0-4-0T 'Pug' locomotive 56024
  • WHEN? June 2020
  • HOW MANY? Limited to 2000 units
  • Hornby Railways packaging of the 1980s
  • 100 years logo mark
  • Ltd. Edition certificate

1990s

Hornby Terrier

Hornby Terrier Merton

  • WHAT? LB&SCR 0-6-0T 'Terrier' No. 45 Merton
  • WHEN? July 2020
  • HOW MANY? Limited to 1000 units
  • Hornby Railways packaging of the 1990s
  • 100 years logo mark
  • Ltd. Edition certificate

2000s

Hornby Clan Line

Hornby Clan Line

  • WHAT? BR 4-6-2 'Clan' 35028 Clan Line with 18ct gold-plated wheels and valve gear
  • WHEN? August 2020
  • HOW MANY? Limited to 1000 units
  • Hornby packaging of the 2000s
  • 100 years logo mark
  • Ltd. Edition certificate

2010s

Hornby Peckett

Hornby Peckett

  • WHAT? Peckett & Sons 0-4-0T No. 614
  • WHEN? September 2020
  • HOW MANY? Limited to 2000 units
  • Packaging with lift-up lid
  • 100 years logo mark
  • Supplied with plaque
  • Ltd. Edition certificate

2020s

Rovex Princess Elizabeth Hornby

  • WHAT? BR 4-6-2 'Princess' Princess Elizabeth with two LMS coaches
  • WHEN? October 2020
  • HOW MANY? Limited to 1000 units
  • Rovex packaging
  • 100 years logo mark
  • Ltd. Edition certificate

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