Hornby is a household name and is famous as the UK brand leader in the model railway hobby. The company’s founder was Frank Hornby (1863 - 1936) who applied for a patent in 1901 to protect an invention he called ‘Improvements in Toy or Educational Devices for Children and Young People’. Nobody then could have imagined how this product would influence the model railway hobby that we know today.

Hornby logo


When was hornby founded?

1980 but origins streach back to 1901 and offically hornby site 1920.

To celebrate 100 years of hornby in 2020 horby relsed several specal models.

100 years train set