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– Single sheet folded catalogue. – Single sheet folded – Hornby-Dublo Book of Trains. – 2 and 3 rail Catalogue. – 2 and 3 rail. This photo is in 2 albums. Toys and Models items; Hornby Dublo 22 items. Tags · steam · railway · heritage · locomotive · rail · model. Hornby Dublo catalogues and leaflets. /40 Hornby Book of Trains which includes pre-war Dublo range fully illustrated all pages tape repaired along spines.

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Initially just boxed sets 5 cwtalogue in both electric and clockwork available, with some wooden building accessories. More rolling stock appears and finally more accessories until wartime situation halts production and development. The four tank goods sets only reappear just in time for Christmas trade, with the new “Peco” coupling.

Clockwork locos were never re-introduced.

The loco “Duchess of Atholl” with LMS coaches finally appear, in boxes sets only, having been advertised in but never produced. Improved, heavier, loco chassis introduced, with powerful new “Alnico” diblo replacing the Horseshoe type, and radio interference suppressor fitted. Long-awaited announcement of Dublo stock in British Railways colours.

The four private companies were represented previously, although from only LMS tank locos and goods sets were available. A new loco at last! BR Standard rublo along with suburban coaches. Some new all-diecast wagons had appeared earlier. Acceleration of new introductions, in the face of dubllo from other systems.


Plastic wheels and axles start to appear on rolling stock, as a prelude to catalpgue of a 2-rail system. First of a range of Dublo Dinky-Toys. Previously hardly any Dinky-Toys were to 1: First “super-detail” goods wagon bulk grain with moulded plastic body. Tinplate-bodied wagons phased out, except for tank wagons. A new system of 4-figure catalogue numbers introduced previous reference numbers were changed at least 3 times, and only printed in a public catalogue the previous year.

Hornby Dublo

The familiar blue boxes also changed to red for all items associated with 2-rail operation. The “Hornby-Dublo book of trains” announced, cataloghe far the most lavish publication on the subject of Meccano Ltd.

It is revealed that although 3-rail components will continue to be available, boxed 3-rail sets are discontinued. First plastic kit-form accessory engine shed.

Stations suitable for lower 2-rail track height followed in New ring-field motor for “Castle” and class 8F locos, but not applied to any earlier models.

Super-detail coaches, nearer to scale length than previous models, with plastic roof and body ends but retaining printed tinplate sides and steel underframes. Well-received by serious modellers.

Plastic couplings first appeared on these models. The 3-rail steam loco models are re-vamped with some improvements and mainly new identities. In view of subsequent Company history, production was small, hence these dubpo are scarce and relatively valuable.


A new model of “West Country” locos “Barnstaple” for 2-rail and “Dorchester” for 3-rail, is destined to be the last steam engine in the main system.

Many new wagons and coaches and an electric multiple unit. Can they keep up this expansion? The answer is no.

Hornby Dublo Literature 2

As an effort to increase business, a low quality “starter” set is introduced, with non-standard contents, marketed as a new range. A belated attempt is also made to simplify wiring for 2-rail points – the “Simplec type with insulated frog.

The new owners announce the end of the 3-rail system, but allow some 2-rail manufacture to continue, including a new model of the A. Actual end of Hornby-Dublo production, with the infamous track-cleaning wagon, believed to be the smallest production run in Hornby-Dublo. Official announcement of the “amalgamation” of Hornby-Dublo with Tri-ang railways.

In reality only the names “Hornby” survived.