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Directory Series 0 Gauge

Bernard Ridgley, UK

The Directory Series was created by Bernard Ridgley to produce reproduction Hornby 0 gauge railway vehicles, using products from the HRCA Spares Directory. The ends of the boxes feature initials, indicating products used, such as wheels and couplings.

The range includes standard four wheeled designs, both long and short wheelbase, as well as a six wheel chassis and bogie (8 wheeled) vehicles, locos and tenders and a tinplate station building, all in true Hornby style. Interesting to note that both drop link and 'automatic' couplers were supplied. Note various box styles.

Special thanks to Kevin P, who provided additional photographs.

(a) Four Wheeled Vehicles


Directory Series 4 wheeled tank wagon, black Cow and Gate dairy livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled tank wagon, black Cow and Gate dairy livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled tank wagon, black Cow and Gate dairy livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled tank wagon, white Nestle's Milk dairy livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled tank wagon, white Nestle's Milk dairy livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled tank wagon, white Nestle's Milk dairy livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled tank wagon, white United Dairies milk livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled tank wagon, white United Dairies milk livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled tank wagon, white United Dairies milk livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled tank wagon, green Pratts Super Petrol livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled tank wagon, green Pratts Super Petrol livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled tank wagon, green Pratts Super Petrol livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled tank wagon, red Shell Motor Spirit livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled tank wagon, red Shell Motor Spirit livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled tank wagon, red Shell Motor Spirit livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled tank wagon, black BP Fuel Oil livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled tank wagon, black Esso livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled tank wagon, black Esso livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled tank wagon, red Mobiloil livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled tank wagon, red Mobiloil livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled tank wagon, blue Tate and Lyle livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled tank wagon, blue Tate and Lyle livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled tank wagon, black Walkers livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled tank wagon, black Walkers livery.

The HRCA 25th Anniversary (1969-94) vans are of special interest, having first been advertised in the HRCA Journal 267 (June 1993) by Les Horton, as a joint enterprise with Bernard Ridgley, Les Horton providing the printed body sides and ends. The next advertisement was HRCA Journal 272 (November 1993) when Les Horton advertised complete vans for 40 pounds, or sides and ends only, for 15 pounds, to fit any standard Hornby van chassis. Journals 276, 278 and 283 contained advertisements for the same van by Bernard Ridgley, with the final advertisement saying Offer Closes 31st December. Those advertisements which mention colour specify gloss blue, no mention being made of white sides or roof/chassis colour. White/red examples have been noted in both Horton and Ridgley boxes.

A certificate issued with the vans acknowledges the vans as a joint production by John Metcalfe, Anthony Funnell, John Hughes, Bernard Ridgley and Rob Horton.


Directory Series 4 wheeled van, blue/white HRCA 25th Anniversary livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled van, blue/white HRCA 25th Anniversary livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled van, white/red HRCA 25th Anniversary livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled van, white/red HRCA 25th Anniversary livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled banana van, white Southern Railway livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled banana van, white Southern Railway livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled van, grey North Eastern (LNER) Gunpowder livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled van, grey North Eastern (LNER) Gunpowder livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled van, grey North Eastern (LNER) Gunpowder livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled van, grey Great Western (GWR) Gunpowder livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled van, grey Great Western (GWR) Gunpowder livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled van, grey Great Western (GWR) Gunpowder livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled van, yellow P&O Ferrymasters livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled van, yellow P&O Ferrymasters livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled van, yellow P&O Ferrymasters livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled van, brown Southern Railway fruit van livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled van, grey Great Western Railway fruit van livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled van, white Great Western Railway Tevan livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled van, white Great Western Railway Tevan livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled van, white Great Western Railway Tevan livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled van, white Great Western Railway Salvage livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled van, white Great Western Railway Salvage livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled horse box, Metropolitan Railway livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled horse box, Metropolitan Railway livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled horse box, Metropolitan Railway livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled horse box, Metropolitan Railway livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled horse box, brown Great Western Railway livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled horse box, brown Great Western Railway livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled horse box, green Southern Railway Brighton livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled horse box, green Southern Railway Brighton livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled horse box, green Southern Railway Brighton livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled horse box, green Southern Railway Goodwood livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled horse box, brown London Brighton South Coast Railway livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled horse box, maroon London Midland Scottish Railway livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled horse box, maroon London Midland Scottish Railway livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled horse box, maroon London Midland Scottish Railway livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled horse box, teak London North Eastern Railway livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled horse box, teak London North Eastern Railway livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled horse box, teak London North Eastern Railway livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled covered hopper, yellow Saxa Salt livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled covered hopper grain wagon, blue Johnnie Walker livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled covered hopper grain wagon, blue Johnnie Walker livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled covered hopper grain wagon, blue Johnnie Walker livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled covered hopper grain wagon, blue Johnnie Walker livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled covered hopper grain wagon, grey Southern Railway livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled shunters truck, grey Great Western Railway livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled shunters truck, grey Great Western Railway livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled shunters truck, grey Great Western Railway livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled lowmac wagon, grey Great Western Railway livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled lowmac wagon, grey Great Western Railway livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled lowmac wagon, grey Southern Railway livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled lowmac wagon, grey Southern Railway livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled ballast wagon, grey Southern Railway livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled ballast wagon, grey Southern Railway livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled mineral wagon, grey Midland Railway livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled mineral wagon, grey Midland Railway livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled mineral wagon, grey London Transport livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled mineral wagon, brown British Railways livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled loco coal wagon, brown Southern Railway livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled loco coal wagon, brown LMS Railway livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled loco coal wagon, grey LNER livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled brake van, grey Great Central livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled brake van, grey Great Central livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled brake van, grey Great Western 'Plymouth' livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled brake van, grey Great Western 'Plymouth' livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled brake van, grey Great Western livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled brake van, grey Great Western livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled brake van, brown Southern Railway livery.

Directory Series 4 wheeled brake van, brown Southern Railway livery.

(b) Six Wheeled Vehicles


Directory Series 6 wheeled van, yellow Fyffes banana livery.

Directory Series 6 wheeled van, yellow Fyffes banana livery.

Directory Series 6 wheeled van, yellow Fyffes banana livery.

Directory Series 6 wheeled van, red Robertson's Golden Shred marmalade livery.

Directory Series 6 wheeled van, red Robertson's Golden Shred marmalade livery.

Directory Series 6 wheeled van, red Robertson's Golden Shred marmalade livery.

Directory Series 6 wheeled van, blue Ovaltine livery.

Directory Series 6 wheeled van, blue Ovaltine livery.

Directory Series 6 wheeled van, blue Ovaltine livery.

Directory Series 6 wheeled van, blue Pickfords Removers livery.

Directory Series 6 wheeled van, blue Pickfords Removers livery.

Directory Series 6 wheeled van, blue Pickfords Removers livery.

Directory Series 6 wheeled van, yellow Colman's Mustard livery.

Directory Series 6 wheeled van, Huntley and Palmers Biscuits livery.

Directory Series 6 wheeled van, maroon Palethorpes Sausages livery.

Directory Series 6 wheeled van, red Royal Mail livery.

Directory Series 6 wheeled van, red Slumberland livery.

Directory Series 6 wheeled brake van, grey Great Central livery.

Directory Series 6 wheeled wagon with milk tanker load, Great Western livery.

Directory Series 6 wheeled Tadpole (fish) wagon, brown Great Western livery.

Directory Series 6 wheeled tank wagon, green CWS livery.

Directory Series 6 wheeled van, Great Western fruit livery.

Directory Series 6 wheeled van, maroon LMS fish livery.

Directory Series 6 wheeled van, maroon LMS fish livery.

Directory Series 6 wheeled van, maroon LMS fish livery.

(c) Eight Wheeled Vehicles


Directory Series 8 wheeled tank wagon, red Mobilgas livery.

Directory Series 8 wheeled tank wagon, green Pratts Motor Spirit livery.

Directory Series 8 wheeled hopper wagon, red Southern Railway livery.

Directory Series 8 wheeled Queen Mary style brake van, brown Southern Railway livery.

Directory Series 8 wheeled Queen Mary style brake van, brown Southern Railway livery.

(d) Locomotives

Bernard Ridgely made three reproduction Hornby tenders, 2711, No. 1 Special and No. 2 Special. He also offered three ready to run locomotives, with Ray Cooper mechanisms :

(Loco 1) The Diesel Shunter locomotive was offered as battery powered or 3 rail, 12v DC, in liveries of GWR (green), LMS (crimson lake), LNER (green) and SR (black). Any livery could be black, if required.

(Loco 2) A Prince of Wales class 4-6-0 tender loco, 3 rail 12v DC, in three liveries, LNWR blackberry, LMS crimson lake and LMS black.

(Loco 3) The third ready to run loco was LMS SD 0-8-0 tender loco, 3 rail 12v DC motor.

Were any 2 rail locos offered? Were any British Railways liveries applied to any loco?


Directory Series reproduction Hornby No 2 Special tender, GWR green.

Directory Series reproduction Hornby No 2 Special tender, black.

Directory Series Diesel Shunter loco, LNER black.

Directory Series Diesel Shunter loco, LNER black.

Directory Series Diesel Shunter loco, LNER black.

Directory Series Diesel Shunter loco, LNER black.

Directory Series Diesel Shunter loco, LMS black.

Directory Series Diesel Shunter loco, LMS black.

Directory Series Diesel Shunter loco, battery powered, LMS black.

Directory Series Diesel Shunter loco, Southern black.

Directory Series ex LNWR 4-6-0 Prince of Wales class tender loco, LMS black.

Directory Series ex LNWR 4-6-0 Prince of Wales class tender loco, LMS black.

Directory Series ex LNWR 4-6-0 Prince of Wales class tender loco, LMS black.

Directory Series ex LNWR 4-6-0 Prince of Wales class tender loco, LMS black.

Directory Series ex LNWR 4-6-0 Prince of Wales class tender loco, LMS black.

Directory Series ex LNWR 4-6-0 Prince of Wales class tender loco, LMS black.

Directory Series ex LNWR 0-8-0 G1 freight class tender loco, LMS black.

Directory Series ex LNWR 0-8-0 G1 freight class tender loco, LMS black.

Directory Series ex LNWR 0-8-0 G1 freight class tender loco, LMS black.

Directory Series ex LNWR 0-8-0 G1 freight class tender loco, LMS black.

(e) Accessories

The only known Directory Series accessory is the platform shelter illustrated below. Three models are shown, illustrating a variety of finishes.


Directory Series Platform Shelter (1).

Directory Series Platform Shelter (1).

Directory Series Platform Shelter (2).

Directory Series Platform Shelter (2).

Directory Series Platform Shelter (3).

Directory Series Platform Shelter (3).

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