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Hornby Hobbies

(Margate, Kent, UK)

Hornby Hobbies took the world by surprise by announcing, in their January 2020 catalogue, the release of four models commemorating the first locomotives issued by Frank Hornby in 1920. Perhaps all the more surprising as today's Hornby Hobbies traces roots back to Rovex and Tri-ang, having acquired the Hornby name from Meccano Limited in 1964, rather than during the heyday of tinplate 0 gauge production.
Hornby Hobbies is to be commended for commemorating the origins of the Hornby name and for producing four models which are described in the Hornby Hobbies catalogue thus "Only 100 of these '0' Gauge highly collectable but functioning limited edition models have been exclusively produced in four liveries, reminiscent of the original tinplate locomotive produced by Frank Hornby in 1920, with each model authenticated by an individually signed and numbered certificate".
The chassis appears to be produced by ETS Trains (Czech Republic), who probably also produced the other parts of the model. Models by ETS Trains are known as solid, reliable units, and the company are well known as manufacturers of various models on behalf of leading British names including Ace Trains and WJ Vintage.

Hornby Hobbies
Hornby Hobbies R3814 2710 No.1 locomotive, London North Western Railway black livery,
1920-2020 Centenary Year Limited Edition (100 models per livery)
Hornby Hobbies
Hornby Hobbies R3815 2710 No.1 locomotive, Midland Railway red livery,
1920-2020 Centenary Year Limited Edition (100 models per livery)
Hornby Hobbies
Hornby Hobbies R3816 2710 No.1 locomotive, Caledonian Railway blue livery,
1920-2020 Centenary Year Limited Edition (100 models per livery)
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Hornby Hobbies R3817 2710 No.1 locomotive, Great Northern Railway green livery,
1920-2020 Centenary Year Limited Edition (100 models per livery)
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