Welcome to the world of post-war Hornby Gauge 0.
The purpose of setting
up this web site is to share with like-minded collectors the information
I have about post-war Hornby Gauge 0. Most of the information was
amassed by me from visiting and cataloguing other people’s collections
or from items either brought or looked at when building up my own
collection. Over the years many other collectors have been kind
enough to join in the fun by sending masses of information and vast
numbers of lists. In the end the sheer amount of information and
the time needed to sought-it
out into some kind of order, nearly defeated me. But encourage by Jill
my wife, my close friend
Simon Goodyear and many other friends; I
started in 2001 to collate the information into a more manageable form.
I now have twelve ring binders stuffed with the mother lode – real
information about PW Hornby Gauge 0. Plus numerous computer files
filled with lists, dates, etc.
Before I get involved explain
what’s to come, I must express a sincere debt of gratitude to Chris &
Julie Graebe for spending the time to write the Hornby bibles – ‘The
Hornby Gauge 0 System’ and the companion ‘Gauge 0 Compendium’.
Pre-book, the Hornby world was a wild and dangerous place,
full of rumours and
false trails. New entrants to the world of collecting
were quickly confused by the vast range Hornby made and easily
misinformed as to what was made and when.
world was a brighter place, the birds were again singing and all was
well. Thank you again Chris & Julie.
In my humble way this website is
an attempt to move the Hornby world on. In 1985, when Chris & Julie
first published ‘The Hornby Gauge 0 System’, the idea of anyone
seriously collecting or being interested in post-war Hornby Gauge 0 was
a rare occurrence. 1985 was also the year I joined the ranks of
Hornby collectors and I commenced to amass as many items as I could
afford. Luckily, PWHG0 was everywhere at antique fairs, toy fairs, swap
meets and could even still be found in a few toy shops. At most fairs
it was under the table - normally in large cardboard boxes – as most
dealers just wanted to get rid of the slow selling post-war stuff and
concentrate on the faster moving pre-war items. So buying box loads was
quite normal and I obtained some of my best items in those early days.
Unfortunately, the ‘bibles’ reflect the secondary position PWHG0 was
perceived as at the time and with limited space the emphasis was
decidedly pre-war. The bibles are still the indispensable starting
point for new and existing collectors.
What I hope to achieve with this
website is to display the information and get YOU to react to any
mistakes & errors I have made or even better still to send in new or
revised information to add to the site for all to share. The
‘bibles’ and this website are intended to be complimentary and used
together only benefit all PW collectors.
So what’s to come? The site
will eventually work in two ways. The Sales section will be items
I have to sell and will be linked so items can be selected automatically
onto an e-mail order form or it can be used to request further
information. Most items for sale will be shop ‘stock quality’ or the
best example for rarer items. You will be able compile your own
Wants List in the Collecting section. This section will list
all the known mainline versions of individually boxed items and the
principle train sets. It will also include items we believe may have
been made but as yet unconfirmed. These are referred to as
PU and are printed in red. Hopefully, we
will in time get most confirmed by you or other collectors.
The Wants List is a
facility where you can automatically compile your own list using the
entries in the Collecting list and email me a copy. The
information will be treated entirely confidential and as and when I have
what you want I will email you with details. There is no obligation to
buy but you will be offered the items first before they are listed under
the Sales section. The Collecting list is really a
brought up to date version of the ones found in the ‘Gauge 0
The rest of the site is all
information. Collecting has already been explained but that’s
only the start of will become a very large reference site for all things
PWHG0. The biggest section will be Archives which will have
sub-sections on box codes, product codes, literature issued, train set
information and other features such as my past articles in the
‘Collectors Gazette’, tin printing information, possibly HRCA articles
on post-war themes and much more.
News will be features &
articles, your letters & emails, a message note pad, meeting and toy
fair dates, venues where I will attend and no doubt other items as yet
Please be patient as I alone
have to upload all this information onto the site but it will be worth
it in the end.
Why not join the Hornby
Railway Collectors Association (HRCA) and receive a monthly journal,
spares directory and much more. Visit the HRCA website at
www.hrca.net for more details.
For more information – watch this space.