Chester Shed
Chester Shed

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Hornby O Gauge Goods
Hornby O Gauge Goods

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More Garden Goods
More Garden Goods

Hornby No.1 Tank

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Chester Shed
Chester Shed

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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)

Last year we celebrated 100 years since the first Hornby Trains were made by the Meccano factory. The first sets produced were Gauge O and contained an 0-4-0 locomotive with clockwork mechanism, tender, a single wagon and small oval of track. Other than the track, the items were all well made of constructional parts like a pre-built Meccano kit, with the locomotive boiler, cab and tender nicely enamelled in either green, red or black. The wagons had railway company initials clipped on and were available initially with GN, LNWR or MR lettering.

1920 Hornby Midland Railway Set
1920 Hornby Midland Railway Set

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1920 Hornby London North Western Set
1920 Hornby London North Western Set

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1920 Hornby Great Northern Set
1920 Hornby Great Northern Set

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1920 Hornby Midland Railway Set
1920 Hornby Midland Railway Set

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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

 

   Information   

No. 159 August 2021
No. 159 August 2021

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No. 158 June 2021
No. 158 June 2021

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No. 156 February 2021
No. 156 February 2021

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No. 159 August 2021
No. 159 August 2021

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Newsletters

 

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.

Hornby Flying Scotsman
Hornby Flying Scotsman

A Hornby No. 3E Flying Scotsman enjoys running on Middleton track

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Etoile Double Header
Etoile Double Header

A pair of Hornby French electric Etoile Du Nord Streamlined Passenger locomotives (post war)

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NZR Compound
NZR Compound

Hornby No. 2 Special Compound with NZR tender at exhibition

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Hornby Flying Scotsman
Hornby Flying Scotsman

A Hornby No. 3E Flying Scotsman enjoys running on Middleton track

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Public Events

  • Napier Boys College, 4th and 5th September has been POSTPONED until 2022.

  • Wanganui Model Train Show, Wanganui Boys' College, 2nd and 3rd October 2021,
    84 Ingestre Street, Whanganui, 10am to 4pm. Featuring NZHRCA layout.

  • Hamilton Model Railroaders, Labour Weekend 23rd, 24th and 25th October 2021, Hamilton Garden's Pavilion 10am to 4pm each day. Featuring NZHRCA layout.

GWR Goods c1950
GWR Goods c1950

The range of low-sided open wagons available post-war

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Dublo Goods Scene 1960s
Dublo Goods Scene 1960s

Hornby Dublo Southern Region Horsebox (4316) and CCT Utility Van (4323)

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GWR Goods c1950
GWR Goods c1950

The range of low-sided open wagons available post-war

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    Contact    

 

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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