Hornby model trains are the popular make of train in the United Kingdom. In 1901, Frank Hornby obtained a patent for his Mecanno system for model construction. Nineteen years later, he produced the first clockwork train.
Later in 1938, Hornby launched its very first 00-gauge train. In 2008, Hornby acquired Corgi Classics Limited, one of the oldest manufacturers of transportation collectible die-cast models (buses, cars, airplanes, trucks).
When selecting a Hornby train set, one very important consideration is the age of the purchaser or end-user. There are trains for adults (models) and for children (toys). This is not to say a youngster cannot be a serious train enthusiast. It simply means that there are age appropriate train models based on the specific individual.
Children under the age of 14 may lose interest in the train hobby after the newness wears off. Kids nowadays have high tech electronic games that are very sophisticated. They may not be entertained by a train that repeatedly goes around in a circle.
For this reason, it is best to choose a set that will allow for expansion and heightened operating interest. Sidings are a great way to do this. They can learn to shunt wagons and cars from one siding to another. They can actually load the wagons with small toys and drop them off for pickup.
It is best to start out modest to see if they are going to remain interested in the hobby. You do not want to spend a lot of money on additional accessories if they are not going to stick to railroading long term.
Once their interest proves to be established, you can purchase extra wagons and rolling stock. You can also purchase Hornby’s trakmat system packages so they can build a layout step-by-step.
Some sets that might work well for a child under 14 might be:
* Hornby “Local Freight”
* Hornby “Goodsmaster Diesel Freight”
* Hornby “Thomas the Tank Engine” Train Set
Remember that there is a big span in the 14 and under age group, so choose appropriately. While younger kids may enjoy Thomas the Tank, older children may think it is childish and silly.
Adults, unlike younger children, are a bit more appreciative of the level of detail in their models. Adults, more than likely, are purchasing their train to pursue the hobby of model railroading seriously. The more sophisticated and pricier sets are going to interest them. Train hobbyists are most likely going to want to expand their set at some point, as well.
Some sets you might consider for the 14 and older user might be:
* Hornby “Flying Scotsman”
* The “Royal Scot” Train Set
* Hornby “East Coast Pullman DCC” Train Set
* Hornby “Pendolino DCC” Train Set
* Hornby “Mixed Goods DCC” Train Set
After you get a feel for the hobby and your attraction for it, you can do some research on expanding your layout not only with train products, but some impressive scenery additions as well. There are endless possibilities when it comes to model railroading, and you are limited only by funds and imagination.
Hornby model trains have been around for a very long time, and I don’t think they will be going anywhere anytime soon. The train is leaving the station, so All Aboard!