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Hornby – Stopping All Stations to the Olympics

Without setting any records of its own, Hornby's (of die-cast model railway fame) share price may well have turned the corner, partly on the back of the success of the London Olympics. Hornby’s official Olympic range features in excess of 160 items priced from £2 through to £100 and includes figurines, key-rings, die-cast London buses and black cabs. With Team GB dominating the track cycling, Hornby's Scalextric Velodrome Cycling set may find it's way into a few Christmas stockings come December. If demand for their 1:5 scale Olympic Torch is anything to go by, then the appetite for Olympic memorabilia is as...

Hornby and the London Olympics 2012

A lot of readers that share my demographic will have fond childhood memories of a company by the name of Hornby that produces wonderful die-cast model railways. Established by Frank Hornby - who's initial claim to fame was the invention of Meccano (respect) - the first model train was launched in 1920. Since then Hornby has gone on to acquire Scalextric (slot car racing sets), Airfix (producer of model kits) in 2007, Humbrol (model paints and accessories) in 2008 and Corgi (of die-cast car fame) in 2008. Making Hornby a sort of romantic super-company for the big kid in all of us...