The first full-colour authorised biography of the world famous Hornby Double O Train sets.
This is the first, full-color illustrated book to chart the rise and development of the globally recognised, iconic model train set.
This book is both a celebration and a history of Hornby Trains, telling the story of the company from its beginnings in the imagination of Liverpool shipping clerk Frank Hornby (who also invented Meccano) through its heyday as industry front runner to its take-over by Triang and, ultimately, the restoration of the Hornby name as a 21st century global brand.
Archive and newly commissioned photographs of historic sets, rarities, special editions and celebrity owners (Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, Peter Snow, Pete Waterman and artist David Shepherd), illustrates the development of the train sets themselves from clockwork to electric, from tinplate models to a contemporary computer-generated virtual railway.
This is a fascinating journey not just through the history of one company but through the history of a nation's children and their continuing fascination with rail travel and train sets.