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Book Review - "The Hornby Book Of Trains: The First One Hundred Years"

By Hearns Hobbies October 13, 2020

BOOK REVIEW -
"THE HORNBY BOOK OF TRAINS: THE FIRST ONE HUNDRED YEARS"

THE HORNBY BOOK OF TRAINS: THE FIRST ONE HUNDRED YEARS, available at Hearns Hobbies Melbourne

2020 marks the centenary year of Hornby, a truly iconic brand and one of the most popular and beloved model railway manufacturers in the world.

To celebrate their 100th birthday this year Hornby introduced plenty of fantastic products, including a collectors book: 'The Hornby Book of Trains: The First One Hundred Years' .

This special book was published for Hornby as the official historical account of the company's history. The author is Pat Hammond, an avid model railway collector and author of several model railway publications including 'Ramsay's British Model Trains Catalogue', a volume for collectors that references everything that has ever produced for British railway modelling, which is now in its 9th edition.


This 448 page, beautifully printed hardcover book explores Hornby's history in it's entirety, from the birth of founder Frank Hornby in 1863 through to present day operations. The historical retelling is divided into every individual year of Hornby's history, highlighting important corporate activities and new products introduced during each of them.

This structure creates a great reference for the arrival and departure of products and features from Hornby's catalogue as well as the numerous changes that occurred within the company's corporate structure over time.

The highlight of this book is the wonderful photo documentation with hundreds, if not thousands, of detailed product images and promotional materials from throughout Hornby's history.

This plethora of information and beautiful imagery results in a book that would be both a valuable reference and fascinating read for everyone from lifelong Hornby collectors to anyone with even just a casual interest in model railways.

'The Hornby Book of Trains: The First One Hundred Years' is a wonderful reflection of Hornby's rich and exciting history and is very worthy addition to any model railway enthusiast's library.

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