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HORNBY DUBLO ADVERTISING OF 1956
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REFER DOUG HARRIS`S SITE (SEE LINKS) FOR THESE (& OTHERS) REPLICA POSTERS

HORNBY No.2 TANK LOCO LATE 1923 VINTAGE
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A MYSTERY! NEVER HAD ANY RAILWAY COMPANY MARKINGS.

HORNBY TANKS LOCOS WITH NZR LETTERING, 1930s
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TYPE E120 AT LEFT, TYPE LST1/20 AT RIGHT (FRENCH STYLE 20 VOLT MOTOR)

            Frank Hornby 1863 - 1936
1901       Patent issued for invention of Mechanics Made Easy system
             that was in 1907 to become Meccano.
1908       Meccano Ltd. was formed as a limited company in Liverpool
             and before  long the demand for Meccano outstripped
             production.
1914       Meccano Ltd. moved to their new purpose built Binns Road
             factory.
1920       First Hornby O Gauge trains produced.
1931       Frank Hornby became Member of Parliament for the Everton
                constituency.  The first die cast figures that later became
             Dinky Toys were created.
            Hornby O Gauge 1920 - 1928.
1920      First Hornby Trains (the 0-4-0 No. 1) using nut and bolt
            construction and clockwork mechanisms, produced in GN,
            Midland & LNWR liveries
1921      The 4-4-0 No. 2 locomotive and coaches introduced.
1923      LMS & LNER liveries introduced with many new wagons and
            accessories including a station. The 4-4-4 No. 2 tank
              locomotive was produced.
1924      Nut & bolt construction abandoned in favour of tabs.
1925      Electric Metropolitan High Voltage locomotive and coaches 
            produced.
1926      GW livery and the Riviera 'Blue Train' added.
1927      Introduction of 4-4-2 No. 3 engines and Pullman sets.
1928      SR livery, engine sheds and signal gantries added.

            Hornby O Gauge 1929 to 1939
1929      Introduction of No. 2 Special 4-4-0 true to type the No 1
            Special Tender & Tank locomotives & the No 2 Special 4-4-2
            Tank locomotive with improved mechanisms.
1930      Revised underframe and reduced buffer height of all goods
            rolling stock.
1931     Automatic couplings and the new No. 0/1 locomotives.
1932      Country-side and electrically lit accessories improved.
1933/4 Brighter colours introduced to wagons & accessories.
1935      No.2 passenger coaches and solid base points introduced.
1937        Introduction of 4-6-2 Princess Elizabeth, 4-4-0 Eton No. 4 locomotives
               No 2 corridor coaches and steel  three foot radius rails.
1939        Hornby - Dublo trains begin to displace the O Gauge trains. First of
               matt varnish on locos.
1940        Some wartime grey rolling stock.  Hornby production ceases for war.
            Hornby O Gauge 1946 to 1953
1946-8     Post-war production began slowly.  Only 0-4-0 locomotives were
               produced after the war and a few LMS & LNER electric tender locos
               mainly for export. A short run of No. 2 coaches and goods vans.
1949        New bases added to 4 wheel-wagons. The peak of post-war production.
1951        Introduction of plastic wheels due to metal shortages and use of
               Bluemel instead of nickel plating caused by Korean war.
1952/3     SR & GWR company liveries no longer produced.
           Hornby O Gauge 1954 to 1969
1954       British Railway nationalisation, which occurred in 1948, was recognised
             finally, with the introduction of new liveries for locomotives and rolling
              stock. All locomotives had clockwork mechanisms.
1957       The No. 50 wagons with tin-printed detail, brake-levers and die-cast
              buffer beams were introduced.  these were the last major development
              in the Hornby O gauge range.
1958-69   Production continued on a limited range of products until end of 1962
              with a few deletions each year.  The last Meccano price list to include
              Hornby O Gauge items was issued in 1969.
1969       Hornby Railway Collectors Association (UK) was founded.
1994       New Zealand Hornby Railway Collectors Association was founded