Does Triang still exist?

Triang toy company advert from 1958.

Triang advert from Railway Modeller, November 1958

Once one of the most famous British toy companies, Triang has a long complex troubled history passing through numerous ownerships. Today it still exists but not in the way it once did.

Triang was once one of the most famous British toy companies. Its Dinky cars and Triang Railways were loved by children all over the world. But the Triang company’s history is a long and complicated one, with many twists and turns.

Triang was founded in 1919 by the Lines brothers. The company quickly became hugely successful, and by the 1930s, it was one of the leading toymakers in the UK and going on to own the world’s largest toy manufacturing factory, coincidentally near where I grew up.

However, Triang’s success came to an end in the 1970s. The company’s parent company, Lines Bros, went bankrupt in 1971. This led to Triang being sold off to a succession of different owners.

In 2022, Triang was finally acquired by Hornby, another British toy company that ironically was once also owned by Lions Bros, the creators of Triang.

Hornby has since revived the Triang brand and is now producing limited numbers of trains under the Triang name.

Although the Triang company no longer exists, its toys continue to be popular with collectors and enthusiasts. The company’s Dinky cars, Hornby model railways, and Triang Railways are all highly sought-after items. If, like me, you collect or are,  interested in collecting these cherished toys, there are a number of resources available to you.

Books on the history of Triang


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Founder of ModelRailwayEngineer, Andy Leaning

Andy is a lifelong modeler, writer, and founder of He has been building model railways, dioramas, and miniatures for over 20 years. His passion for model making and railways began when he was a child, building his first layout at the age of seven.
Andy’s particular passion is making scenery and structures in 4mm scale, which he sells commercially. He is particularly interested in modelling the railways of South West England during the late Victorian/early Edwardian era, although he also enjoys making sci-fi and fantasy figures and dioramas. His website has won several awards, and he is a member of MERG (Model Railway Electronics Group) and the 009 Society.
When not making models, Andy lives in Surrey with his wife and teenage son. Other interests include history, science fiction, photography, and programming. Read more about Andy.

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