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Launched in 1938, the Hornby Dublo range was manufactured in 0 gauge, rather than the typical 00 gauge systems. This offered enthusiasts a space-saving option without having to sacrifice on detail.


Highly collectible, famous trains like the Mallard and the Duchess of Montrose mirror their larger scale counterparts. Starter kits contain the basics to get going, but expansion packs offer endless railway configurations. Relive the glory days of rail travel with Hornby Dublo trains, tracks and accessories.

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About Hornby Dublo

The Hornby brand was established by Frank Hornby in 1901 and has been making model trains ever since. The original trains were powered by clockwork and made to run on 0 gauge tracks. Hornby first developed an electric model train in 1925. The Hornby Dublo series was made between 1938 and 1963 and signalled the shift from 0 gauge tracks to 00 gauge. Although some of the first trains in this series were still clockwork operated, the majority of these trains ran on 12 V DC and helped establish the 00 standard in the UK, despite the popularity of the HO scale everywhere else. These trains differ from the earlier models since they are constructed of cast metal rather than pressed metal. At the height of the Second World War, Hornby Dublo production was forced to halt and did not manage to operate at full capacity again until 1948. Around 1959 the Dublo models switched from using a three rail system to a two rail one in order to keep up with their competitors. However in 1964 the Dublo series was discontinued after Lines Bros Ltd bought Meccano Ltd, the company that produced Hornby trains. Hornby and their main rival, Tri-ang, were combined to create Tri-ang Hornby. The Hornby Dublo series has continued to draw collector interest and the Hornby Railway Collector?s Association, founded in 1969, is still going strong and produces several journals every year. Pre 1959 Hornby Dublo tracks and trains are 3 rail whilst those made between 1959 and 1965 are 2 rail. The series includes various designs of trains and carriages as well as decorative wooden buildings.