Hornby Trains – More on the company’s hard times and possibly some better news?


The BBC web site has the story – see link above

At speed

At speed, on a Hornby tinplate OO gauge layout in Maghull Town Hall not so long ago.

It was only recently that I carried the story about the Hornby Company’s trading problems but things are clearly moving on and possibly in a positive direction.

Having lived in the town (Maghull – I lived there for 43 years) where Frank Hornby lived for most of his adult life, being a model railway enthusiast and as a Trustee of Maghull based Frank Hornby Trust means this is the matter I continue to follow closely.

Frank Hornby – Just what did happen to the Hornby empire when it was broken up?

The amazing thing about Frank Hornby and his products is that many of them are still in production although the ownership of the companies involved in their manufacture is now spread far and wide.


Take Meccano, it has been produced by a French owned company for many years now – see link below to Meccano UK:-


And what about Hornby Trains – still going ‘strong’ as a OO gauge model railway producing company – see the link below:-


And what brought this to mind? My old chum and former Maghull resident Roy Connell (now a valued associate researcher for this blog site) spotted this newspaper report on the fortunes of the Hornby Company:-


And for those interested in what happened to Dinky Toys this link to a very detailed Wikipedia page will be of interest:-


Toy production has always be a volatile part of the economy with trends coming and going regularly. Produce the wrong toy that does not prove particularly popular and a company can be in all sorts of trouble.

The Frank Hornby Trust is dedicated to preserving and displaying the life and works of Frank Hornby who is by far the famous former resident of Maghull on Merseyside, UK. Displays of Hornby products are available for the public to view in the Frank Hornby Room at Meadows Leisure Centre, Maghull. I would however urge all potential visitors to call the Leisure first before setting out as the room is multi-use and is not always available to view the Hornby display cases. The staff at the Leisure Centre should be able to tell you when viewing is possible.