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  New Zealand Hornby Railway Collectors' Association  

Welcome to the New Zealand Hornby Railway Collectors' Association (NZHRCA) website.

We are a group interested in vintage Hornby trains manufactured by Meccano Ltd in Britain and other factories around the world:

  • Hornby O-gauge clockwork and electric (1920 to 1965)

  • Hornby Dublo 3-rail clockwork and electric (1938 to 1965)

  • Hornby Dublo 2-rail electric (1959 to 1965)


In 2020 we celebrated 100 years since the first Hornby Trains were made by the Meccano factory. See more details here.

The NZHRCA is affiliated with the Hornby Railway Collectors' Association (HRCA) in the UK. We started in 1994 with the goal of helping like-minded enthusiasts throughout New Zealand to connect and share their knowledge, collections and love of Hornby with each other and with the public. We do this by:

  • Publishing a bi-monthly newsletter to members. In 2019 we celebrated our 25th year and have published over 150 magazines to members!

  • Holding area meetings in the main centres throughout the year

  • Helping each other to preserve and maintain locomotives and accessories, some of which are now 100 years old

  • Getting together to exhibit Hornby to the public. See below for a list of upcoming events


Many of our members also collect and run vintage trains from other manufacturers, including the 'big' names such as Wrenn, Bassett Lowke, Bing, Carette and Lionel; more local makes such as Ferris and Cranko and 'modern' coarse scale O gauge from ACE, Darstaed, ETS, MTH and others. See the Gallery page for some photographs.

We welcome new members. If you would like to find out more then please get in touch using the Contact form below.


Photography by John Clarkson

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The NZHRCA publishes a bi-monthly newsletter to members with articles about layouts, restorations, the history of Hornby products and information on meetings and events.

Contact us below if you are interested in becoming a member.

Public Events

  • Te Awamutu Train Show, Hamilton Railway Modellers. 13th and 14th April 2024

  • NZAMRC Model Railway convention, Auckland, 26th -28th of April

  • Levin Hobby & Craft Show 5th & 6th May Showgrounds Stadium

  • Hastings Model Railway Club show, King’s Birthday weekend, 1-2 June

  • Taupo Hobby Expo, 13th & 14th July

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Please contact us if you would like to join the NZHRCA,

We are sorry, but we are not able to offer advice on valuations or buying & selling Hornby trains.

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