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is famous as the UK brand leader in the model
railway hobby. After the companys founder,
Frank Hornby, was granted his patent in 1901 he
soon put his invention into production under the
name "Mechanics Made Easy". This led to
the establishment of Meccano Ltd in 1907. Such
was the success of the company, Frank Hornby had
to regularly move his factory to new and larger
Hornby came under increasing pressure from rival
company Tri-ang Railways and following the
acquisition in 1964 of Meccano Ltd by Lines
Brothers (the parent company of Tri-ang
Railways), the companies were merged in 1965 to
become Tri-ang Hornby.
The Tri-ang Group was disbanded and sold in 1971
and the model railway system which had in 1972
been known as Tri-ang Hornby was renamed Hornby
Railways in January.
In 1980 the company, now known as Hornby Hobbies
Ltd, became an independent company. Now simply
called "Hornby", the company retains
the position it has held for more than 50 years
as Britains leading model railway
manufacturer and in 2008 released some model cars
to fit in with their Skaledale brand.
The models are produced by Oxford Diecast on Hornby's behalf.
were first introduced into the Hornby Skaleautos range
in 2008, and are produced in diecast metal to a
consistant 1:76th Scale.
versions of the Ford Anglia
page for the Hornby Web Site.