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Hooray for Hornby

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Hornby Trains ExhibitionDo you like model trains and railways? Hooray for Hornby is a celebration of the pieces of Hornby Railway that feature in the Queensland Museum collection.

Hornby have been building railway empires in homes for 100 years. 

This popular model train brand was sparked from the imagination of Frank Hornby, who invented the Meccano construction toy in Liverpool, England in 1901. The Meccano Ltd factory expanded its operations worldwide, and in 1920 Hornby’s interest in trains led to the production of toy railway sets branded in his name.

Here are some of the objects that feature in the display:Hooray for Hornby

  • O gauge London Midland and Scotland (LMS) clockwork train set with track and box, 1928.
    Donated by James Connal Howard Gill
  • O gauge Nord (Northern Railway Company) 4-4-2 electric tender engine, 1936.
    Donated by the family of Clive McTaggart
  • Ferris O gauge Fast Electric parcel van, 1950s.
    Donated by the family of Clive McTaggart
  • O gauge Southern Railway (SR) electric tank engine, 1933.
    Donated by the family of Clive McTaggart
  • Signal cabin, 1934.
    Donated by the family of Clive McTaggart
  • Railway tunnel, 1930s.
    Donated by James Connal Howard Gill
  • Pedestrian bridge, 1930s.
    Donated by L C & P O’Keefe
  • Semaphore signal and buffer stop, 1930s.
    Donated by James Connal Howard Gill
  • Locomotive turntable, 1933, and O gauge Great Western (GW) 0-4-0 clockwork tank engine, 1954.
    Donated by the family of Clive McTaggart
 
Hornby Trains

Event Details

Dates
27 December 2020 - 31 January 2022