TRIANG HORNBY

It was just 13 years since Lines Brothers had taken over Rovex, now in 1965 they stood as the dominate company in the British OO model railway market after taking over their main rivals Meccano Ltd the makers of the now discontinued Hornby O Gauge and Hornby Dublo. In a rebranding marketing move, Lines Brothers took there Triang Railways brand and attached the Hornby name to it to become Triang-Hornby.

Virtually all of Triang-Hornby's product where from the Triang Railways range, just 2 coming from Hornby Dublo a bo-bo electric loco and a terminus station building.

Bo-Bo Electric Loco

New Triang Hornby Bo-Bo Loco

Triang-Hornby continued to expand its range with new diesel locomotives model on current British Railways stock, such as the Hymek where launched. A range of pre nationalized locos and coaches such as the Flying Scotsman, the GWR Hall class and the LMS Coronation. The also produced the last steam loco built for BR the 2-10-0 Evening Star powered by a new tender based ringfield motor. On the rolling stock front, Triang Hornby launched the futuristic Battle Space range with rockets, exploding cars and several other trucks.

Battlespace Searchlight

New Triang Hornby Battle Space Wagon

Lines Brothers continued to expand there range of companies by taking over the little known slot car manufacturer Minic Motorways. These where marketed alongside Triang-Hornby Railways as a exciting new addition to a model railway. Now not only the trains could move but also the cars. That same year saw the demise of Triang TT, caught in the middle between the popular OO scale and the new smaller N scale. G&R Wrenn marketed the TT stock as its own product but never took up the manufacturing of TT. One of the biggest problem with the Triang-Hornby range was the trackwork. In 1962 Triang had launched a new robust super 4 track, which was ideal for train sets, with children being able to put a circle or oval of track on the carpet, or on a board. However it was that robustness that was the problem, the trackwork and sleepers where thicker than any other OO track on the market, giving it a course not to scale look. Although children took to super 4 older modelers where abandoning the track in favour or better scaled trackwork such as Peco Streamline. To counter this trend Triang-Hornby launched a replacement track named System 6, this track was more to scale and was compatible and therefore could be joined to other manufacturers track including Peco. In order to keep its original customers a converter track was marketed with trains going down a slight incline from the old super 4 to the new system 6. At the same time finescale wheels where added to most of the locos and rolling stock, reducing the flange side for better running on the new track.

Triang Super 4 Point

Triang Hornby Super 4 Point

 

Lines Brothers had become a hugh group of companies, controlling Meccano, Dinky and Spot On cars, Triang-Hornby and Wrenn model railways, Minic Motorways and Scalextric slot cars, Frog kits as well as other toy companies at home and overseas. However its overseas operations where loosing money, by 1971 Lines Brothers had no alternative but to go into receivership, with the companies being sold off as going concerns. Rovex Ltd the owners of Triang Hornby was bought by Dunbee, Combex, Marx Ltd. However as the Triang name was sold to another buyer Triang-Hornby needed to be renamed. In 1972 it was rebranded as Hornby Railways

MAIN EVENTS OF THIS COMPANY

  • 1965 Triang-Hornby brand replaces Triang Railways
  • 1967 Minic Motorways taken over by Rovex
  • 1967 Triang TT production ceases, stock rebranded as Wrenn
  • 1970 Triang-Hornby launches System 6 track and finescale wheels
  • 1971 Lines Brothers goes into administration
  • 1971 Dunbee, Combex, Marx buy Rovex Ltd
  • 1972 Triang- Hornby renamed Hornby Railways