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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Hornby ‘O’ Gauge Revisited

A couple of years ago I posted a visual reconstruction of my nineteen-fifties Hornby ‘O’ gauge clockwork train set.

I recently came across the following leaflets that came with the set, saved by my dad between the pages of an old family bible (click to enlarge, or save image for full-size):

Hornby O gauge track layouts Hornby O gauge track layouts
Hornby O gauge track layouts Hornby O gauge track layouts

Did you know that the handle on the winding key was designed to test the correct spacing between the rails?

Hornby O gauge hints Hornby O gauge hints

It seems from the following that only boys who join are entitled to the privilege of free expert advice. Does that mean that girls had to pay? I’m tempted to send off one shilling and 3 pence (6p today) for the official badge and special booklet on my daughter’s behalf:

Application for Membership of the Hornby Railway Company Application for Membership of the Hornby Railway Company

Hornby train set guarantee Hornby train set guarantee

2 comments:

  1. Ha, quite right! Nice pic here of the ladies who made the Meccano and Hornby sets at the Binns Road factory here though - http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/meccano-dinky-inventor-frank-hornby-3817527. Sadly long-demolished now...

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    1. Brilliant. But it looks like they are making the smaller 00 gauge in the picture (sorry if that's geeky). Scrolled through all 16 photos in the gallery. Wow that crane! Had it in mind to do a post about Meccano at some point. Won't be doing one about Frankie Vaughan though.

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