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Hornby-Dublo bestrides the toy trains universe with an influence which goes far beyond its inventory and production. When they introduced their new OO system inMeccano had a few things going for them. First, their Meccano modular construction toy had catallogue incredibly successful, giving the company a huge presence in the toy business. This had been followed up with the Hornby O gauge train system which used Meccano principles and techniques to dominate the toy train industry between the wars.
In short, Meccano were well placed to design and launch a new model railway system, and the Meccano Magazine duly carried the first advertisement for Hornby-Dublo in September Once Meccano identified the market for smaller trains, they lost no time coming up with the first mass-produced OO gauge system as we know it.
It is impossible to overstate the impact that Hornby-Dublo would have had on its adoring public. No-one had seen models of horngy detail, realism and precision outside of a museum, and certainly not mass produced in miniature. Whatever, the measurements they chose have survived the test of time, and the combination of OO scale, 4mm to the foot and This allows for a simple system to switch from forward to reverse. Earlier AC powered models, such as those offered by Trix, needed a mechanical means of reversing.
Limited space inside the loco then dictated a sideways-mounted cataloguee, and the ugly protruding brush caps which characterised Trix products from this period. Hornby got their system to be simple, safe and reliable.
Although the design department may have been keen to go straight to 2 rail as a more realistic system, they went with the many benefits of 3 rail. Apart from the tinplate track being strong and durable, you get the benefit of good earth pickup from the wheels on both sides.
Also the shoe pickup from the centre rail is inherently self cleaning. Two rail is a cataolgue fussier, depending on clean track and wheels eublo cope with having live on one track, and return on the other. At exhibitions where vintage Dublo is hoenby, the 3 rail trains always seem to run slightly more confidently than their 2 rail counterparts, and the operators are correspondingly more relaxed!
The models were exceptionally well observed and close to scale, as opposed to the models from Trix and Marklin. They were obviously prototypical and recognisable, to a revolutionary extent for a mass produced model.
The loco wheels caatalogue thin and see-through, not solid with a representation of spokes. Even the goods wagons have detail on their die cast chassis; yes the brake gear is webbed for strength, but it is still there in fine detail; a triumph of tool building and casting.
Hornby-Dublo was only produced for a couple of years before it became necessary for the factory to switch its attention to the war effort. Of course it was expensive, so unlikely to cataolgue abused or thrown away.
But its survival also demonstrates how robust and well executed the products were. Hornby were lucky in another regard; magnet technology was advancing, and they were on the right foot to exploit this when their competitors, slightly earlier to market, were labouring with compromises and complexities which Hornby were able to sidestep completely. Locomotives have always been the focal point of any rail system, whether full size or model.
Dublo launched with two well chosen locos, a workaday tank engine and a glamorous express. This was accompanied by a pair of articulated catslogue coaches, where two coaches share one bogie.
The loco bodies were diecast, as were the coach bogies and wagon bases.
However, the wagon and coach bodies were tinplate. The first OO loco is clearly a particular prototype, despite three of the four colour schemes not being prototypical. This was and always has been extremely important, and Meccano understood this clearly. Even at the end they were reluctant to compromise, which in part led to their demise. The first loco could have been an tank, but no, they chose a prototype with an extra pair of trailing wheels, increasing cost and complexity.
But any enthusiast would value that extra pair of wheels; it made the difference between adequate and highly acceptable.
The LNER A4 pacific loco represented the most up to date, streamline express passenger loco in its original form with valances. Both locos were available in clockwork or electric versions.
Apart from the articulated coaches there was single LNER corridor coach and four variants of goods vans. Similarly there was a closed van and an open wagon, both in four varieties to cover the big four railway companies. Although the war stunted the development of Hornby-Dublo, and it took a long time to shake off austerity and return to non essentials like expensive model trains, it could be argued that the hiatus also proved a benefit.
The gap in production must have given Hornby time to reconsider some of their earlier design choices. After the war there were two areas in which Hornby made changes; the clockwork locos were dropped in favour of an all electric lineup. This reduction of options would have simplified production considerably; something which Hornby were not noted for in later years.
More importantly, the design of the couplings was changed.
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Consequently the style of couplings is the most obvious way to identify pre war Hornby Dublo. However there was no way to uncouple automatically, which is a bit of a holy grail for model railways. Another disadvantage of the original couplings was that it depended on being sprung, with attendant problems if the springiness was lost.
The new Peco couplings solved both of these problems elegantly and simply. From the start, the Dublo range included metal buffer stops and signals with tinplate arms. There were also attractive wooden buildings including a goods depot, signal box, short and long tunnels, island platform and through station.
Hornby Dublo History Part 1
The perfect cataloogue railway Hornby-Dublo bestrides the toy trains universe with an influence which ctalogue far beyond its inventory and production. Immaculate conception When they introduced their new OO system inMeccano had a few things going for them. Hornby Dublo pre-war clockwork passenger set from December First to market Once Meccano identified the market for smaller trains, they lost no time coming up with the first mass-produced OO gauge system as we know it.
The catalogue was in the form of a single large folded sheet. The range Locomotives have always been the focal point of any rail system, whether full size or model.
Locomotives The first OO loco is clearly a particular prototype, despite three of the four colour schemes not being prototypical. The streamline set; a fine drawing of the Sir Nigel Gresley loco with articulated coaches from the first catalogue.
Rolling stock Apart from the articulated coaches there was single LNER corridor coach and hronby variants of goods vans. Post war improvement Although the war stunted the development of Hornby-Dublo, and it took a long time to shake off austerity and return to non essentials like expensive model trains, it could be argued that the hiatus also proved a benefit.
Couplings More importantly, the design of the couplings was changed. Accessories Hornby-Dublo wooden buildings; the through station and island platform. Still playing with electric trains.