The Man Who Invented Meccano & Hornby Trains
A Man who's observation lead to Meccano, Hornby Railways who became a multi millionare from making Toys.
- Born at Copperas Hill, Liverpool May 15th 1863.
- Invented Meccano whilst Working as a Clark at Elliots.
- Went on to form Meccano Limited and build a Multi National Business which included Hornby Trains. Went on to serve as an MP. ...
Frank Hornby had been making metal models for his two sons in his garden shed. However he realized that if he used strips perforated with holes at a set distance and a system of standard size clips or bolts to make up a model then that model could be taken apart and used in another model. Hornby eventually settled on strips of 3 sizes, 2.5, 5.5 and 12.5 inches long with a hole every half inch. 8 Gauge wire served as Axle Rods followed by clips, angle brackets and wheels.
Early Nickel and Brass Meccano 1901-1926
Frank Hornby produces his first construction sets as Mechanics Made Easy 1901- 1907
Meccano Ltd is born with its factory in Binns Road during The Nickel Meccano Period 1907- 1926
Meccano gains Colour 1926-1939
The first use of colour Burgundy & Dark Green 1926-1934
New Colours and a Change in Sets Blue & Gold 1934-1939
Meccano faces Post War Shortages and Shortages due to the Korean War which is known as the, Black Period' Buy Go on to produce Sets during the Red and Green era 1945-63
Frank Hornby started manufactering Hornby O Gauge Railways in 1920
This was followed shortly after Frank Hornby's death by Hornby Dublo in 1938
Photo GalleryA few photos of Products made by Meccano Ltd over the years
Hornby O Gauge Loco
A Hornby Dublo Tank Locomotive
A Triang Hornby Batle Space Attack Vehicle
Hornby Railways 2012 Catalogue
A Dinky Triumph TR" Sports Car
Meccano LMS Loco
Small Meccano Crane