To celebrate Hornby’s official anniversary month, the team has introduced the #Hornby100 Social Media Takeover which will last throughout July. Set to be full of exciting content, the daily postings will be focused around Hornby’s 100-year-history. And customers will also have the opportunity to get involved in interactive posts designed to find out what makes Hornby so special to them.
The campaign was kick-started last week with a new product announcement, as Hornby introduced a Third Class Open Topped Railway Carriage ¬– a perfect addition to Hornby’s critically acclaimed Stephenson’s Rocket.
And Hornby has now made a second exciting announcement, unveiling a collaboration between Hornby and Corgi, in the introduction of the Hornby Centenary Bristol Lodekka.
In 1920 Frank Hornby launched Hornby Trains, with the first model being a clockwork Gauge ‘0’ pressed tinplate locomotive, produced initially in four different railway company liveries of the day.
1938 saw the launch of Hornby Dublo, where the scale of the models was 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.
The first Rovex train set was produced in 1950. However, 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 obtained Hornby.
The models are available to order via both the Hornby and Corgi websites or with Hornby/Corgi stockists.