Hornby: The Official Illustrated History

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9780007151738: Hornby: The Official Illustrated History

The first full-colour authorised biography of the world famous Hornby Double O Trains sets, this lavishly composed tribute book uses contemporary photographs, original advertisements, and comprehensive text to tell the Hornby story from 1920 to the present day.

Hornby: The Official History of Hornby Trains is the first, full-colour illustrated book to chart the rise and development of the globally recognised, iconic model train set. This book is both a celebration and a history of Hornby Trains, telling the story of the company from its beginnings in the imagination of a Liverpool shipping clerk, Fred Hornby (who also invented Meccano) through its heyday as industry front runner to its take-over by Triang and, ultimately, the restoration of the Hornby name as a 21st century global brand. Archive and newly commissioned photographs of historic sets, rarities, special editions and celebrity owners illustrate the development of the train sets themselves from clockwork to electric, from tinplate models to a contemporary computer-generated virtual railway.
Hornby is a fascinating journey not just through the history of one company but through the history of a nation's children and their continuing fascination with rail travel and train sets.

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This tells the story of a Hornby railways from the inception of the Guage O system as an extention of the mighty Meccano empire, through the market dominance of the famous Hornby-Dublo range, to its takeover by Tri-ang and the re-emergence of the Hornby name, once again associated with the market leader in model railways.

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Ian Harrison is a respected writer – previous books include London 360, (HarperCollins) and The Times Century in Photographs, (HarperCollins) among others. He is also an avid train collector

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