Like many small boys I was introduced to Hornby-Dublo through a Christmas present. A (second hand) gloss Silver King set. I still have the engine although the box has long gone.
I did little with my Hornby-Dublo growing up although in one of those quirks of fate as a boy I met Michael Foster (The Hornby-Dublo Story) who knew my father through his work in mining.
It is only within the last twenty five years that I have built up my collection. Why? I can do no better than repeat the words of Michael Foster in the Introduction to the catalogue for the Bianco collection, auctioned in 1996.
“For accuracy, for play value, for reliability- the Hornby-Dublo range of model railways, covering the final years of steam, will come to be regarded as perhaps the greatest range produced in the 20th Century-a fitting souvenir of a day and age of quality now gone”
In all my collecting I have always purchased the best available. Almost all items are boxed. Some are hard to come by and there are a good few duplicates because this was not meant to be a reference collection. I was buying what I liked so there is a bias towards three rail and I have a fondness for tank locos. I liked the engineering of the older models and the super detail of the new.
I have had a lot of pleasure building up the collection but it is time for it to move on and let others enjoy.
Hornby Dublo 3-rail pre-war EDG7 LNER Goods Set containing 0-6-2 LNER black N2 Class Tank No.2690, 3 x NE Goods Wagons (green grey Open, brown Box Van and brown Brake Van) along with oval of track, loco is fitted with horseshoe type motor, paint loss to smokebox door and front support around screw head, gold decal to bunker rear is Excellent, condition Good Plus to Excellent, open wagon has rusting and printing loss to one side, both ends have rubs where fitted into box insert and corrosion to one wheel, conditions range from Fair to Good Plus, all are contained in generally Good box base with Excellent wagon insert but damage to insert on both ends of straight track, controller is Fair with broken hand control lever, lid is Fair with 2 split corner and does have NE sticker to one end, picture is Good.
Estimate: £300 - £400
Sold For: £420
Hornby Dublo clockwork pre-war DL1 4-6-2 LNER blue A4 Class No.4498 "Sir Nigel Gresley" no obvious signs of fatigue, condition Good Plus to Excellent in Good to Good Plus box dated 9/38 complete with instruction flyer also dated 9/38, key and empty oil bottle, corrugated cardboard wrap is non original.
Estimate: £400 - £600
Sold For: £850
Hornby Dublo 2-rail 2245 Bo-Bo BR Electric blue type AL1 Overhead Electric Loco No.E3002 complete with instruction booklet, purple guarantee slip and overhead electric instructions dated 9/63, one bogie side frame loose to non powered end, condition is Excellent to Near Mint in generally Good to Good Plus box complete with insert.
Estimate: £300 - £400
Sold For: £580
Hornby Dublo 3-rail 3221 4-6-0 BR green Castle Class Loco No.5002 "Ludlow Castle" complete with instruction booklet dated 2/61, purple guarantee slip and still wrapped tube of oil, loco appears unrun, very minor lining loss to left side cylinder cover, condition Excellent Plus to Near Mint in generally Good to Good Plus box but lid has one split corner.
Estimate: £300 - £360
Sold For: £340
Hornby Dublo 3-rail EDL7 pre-war unboxed 0-6-2 Southern olive green Tank Loco No.2594, gold decal to bunker rear, minor paint loss to smokebox door and front buffer beam, paint rubs to top of side tanks, some paint loss to rear buffer beam, condition Good to Good Plus.
Estimate: £200 - £300
Sold For: £240