Hornby celebrates 100th year with new and surprising releases

Hornby 2020 100 years anniversary annoucnement2020 see’s Hornby reach its 100th year and to celebrate it’s launching a number of limited edition models complete with retro-themed packaging.

This article relates to the 2020 announcement. See Hornby 2021 launch announcement for this years news.

It’s hard to believe but the founder of Hornby, Frank Hornby, first started the company that would become the Hornby we know today one hundred years ago this year – 2020. To mark this milestone, the company has unveiled a huge number of new models, including many surprises.

The details are revealed in the video below.

Hornby Magazine also covered the new range with this video.

Peco have also covered the news here,


Amongst my favourites are the APT, four tin-plate O gauge models, the limited edition true OO gauge Stephenson’s Rocket and coach set and a range of Steam-punk themed locomotives, coaches and wagons.

Something that I’m particularly interested in from the announcement is the LB&SCR ‘Merton’ locomotive. Merton being the original location of Tri-ang trains factory and where one of my layouts is based and will hopefully feature this very factory.

Interestingly, to built on its 100th anniversary, the company is releasing many of these under brand names from their 100 years, including Tri-ang and Dublo. The steam punk models will be marketed under the Bassett-Lowke name brand.

What do you think?

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Founder of ModelRailwayEngineer, Andy Leaning

Andy is a lifelong modeler, writer, and founder of modelrailwayengineer.com. 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.
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