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New Zealand Hornby Railway Collectors` Association

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Trains from many years ago


The bottom of the Hornby 0 Gauge range. At left is the first of the M0 Series, dating from 1930. Centre is the version made in 1950. Note changes - Cylinders and siderods now fitted, cab windows no longer cutout, dome moved forwards, no longer has a fixed key. Number on tender now 6161 instead of 6100 (which was `Royal Scot`) At right is the last version, now named Type 20. In British Rail colours. Made until the mid 1960s.


Cranko was a New Zealand brand of toys. Mainly methylated fired steam powered of several types  (stationary engines, tractor, steam roller, etc.)  Railway items were made too, including rolling stock and track.   Few electric powered were made, - three types.   Shown here at centre is the 6 wheeled railcar, (Taycol motor), then at left is the 2-C-2 (14 wheels) power car with Davis Electra motor, and at right is a replica of the diesel shunter, also with 6V Taycol motor.  All these are rare as few were made. Production was in the late 1940s to mid 1950s.


Tinplate train display at Nelson, Easter 2012


Evidence that the rather crude New Zealand production `RealRail` accessories were actually exported to Australia.  Red Hill is in Queensland, no such railway station was in new Zealand.   RealRail labelled their stations with local names to suit the area where their items were sold.   Surprising that a market could be found in Australia.


Hornby Dublo trains. Engine shed with many locomotives in view, including a Canadian Pacific. This was actually a British Duchess type with Canadian livery for export to Canada. Alongside is a locomotive in correct LMS colours.


Part of layout belonging  to Dave J.... who lives north of Wellington.   Mainly American style trains.  Note the long bridge that leads to a higher level of tracks.



L S Lowry was a famous English painter, his paintings were often rather naive but now worth a lot of money!
He obviously used a Hornby locomotive borrowed from some lad  for this painting of a railway crossing .   Hornby loco shown is an LMS lettered one, Lowry used an LNER version, but the `tinwork` was the same.


Models Ltd were the New Zealand importers of Meccano products which included Hornby Trains.  Here is receipt for Meccano Magazine subscriptions in name of Bruce Baxter. Bruce was a highly regarded authority on the subject of Meccano Ltd products.


Down on the floor, where most toy trains were set out.  This is 0 gauge 027 track,  common in the USA for young boy`s trains.  Electric powered trains ran on this track (note centre rail,)  but clockwork could be run too.  Trains in this photograph are a variety of brands, including a replica Hachette Hornby now repowered with an electric motor.   Rails are a mixture of Lionel and Marx brands.

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If you are new to trains but have got this far perhaps you won`t mind a brief lecture! Some explanations-------
Gauge (not `Guage`) This is the distance between the rails (forget the middle rail if the track has one).
0 gauge is one & a quarter inches between rails. This is 32mm. H0 and 00 gauges are the same (in NZ & UK), at 16.5mm.
A locomotive is not a train. A train is the entire item consisting of the locomotive (loco for short), which pulls the train, and the wagons for freight, or carriages for passengers. A steam locomotive generally has a tender (not a coal truck!). A tank engine (like Thomas) does not have a tender. It carries its water supply in tanks mounted on the loco.
End of lecture!