LogoHornby Railway Collectors' Association

The Leading Society for Vintage Hornby Trains 1920 to 1965

Welcome to our world! HRCA members have been playing trains for over 50 years: 1969-2023

 During 2023 we held three national HRCA exhibitions!  

With events in the south at Swindon (Wiltshire), the midlands at Gaydon (Warwickshire), and the north at Shildon (County Durham) we aimed to cover as wider area as possible.

Joins us and benefit from a monthly journal (10 in a year), online auctions, and much much more.

Oct 2023 HRCA Gaydon

If you'd like to attend future events, and aren't yet an HRCA member, you are very welcome to join us now. 

Joining is quick and easy online, or you can send a cheque by post.

Click here to see our full membership fees and join online using our Subscription Wizard.

Benefits of HRCA Membership include:

  • 10 journals per year packed full of articles and information
  • Spares and Repairs Directory containing over 100 suppliers of parts and services
  • Auction sales of members and family's collections
  • Access to the Members' area of this website, discussion Forum, Wiki, journal indexes and detailed events diary
  • Local area groups, some with regular formal meetings, others organising specialist meetings, exhibitions and sales
  • Archive drawings, copies of many original Meccano Ltd drawings available for research or reproduction of parts
  • Model insurance, we are able to advise the names of two specialist model railway insurers. (We cannot however recommend an insurer due to financial law)
  • Valuation service for Executors and Trustees of deceased member's collections
  • Library service for copies from, or loans of, back issues of the Hornby Railway Collector
  • Journal back issue service, sale of complete new or second-hand issues
  • Association regalia, fleeces, embroidered pullovers, etc

British Motor Museum


Enjoy free entry to the British Motor Museum on 7th October 2023 as part of your HRCA Membership!

HRCA In the Media!

British Railway Modelling magazine has published an article and FOUR videos about the HRCA! The article appeared in the  January 2023 issue, with accompanying YouTube videos. We're also pleased to announce that we will feature in Collectors' Gazette later in Spring 2023. The HRCA will feature in the Gazette's popular series 'Meet The Model Club'.

Click here to view the media articles and videos 

Perhaps you'll recognise your childhood toys via a video reminder?

Click here to view some videos featuring Hornby Trains 

Let us introduce ourselves and outline what the association does.....

Dublo Station SceneDid you ever play with Hornby 0-gauge or Dublo?  Then you'll enjoy this website.  Society members organise many area meetings throughout the country.  The HRCA produces a monthly journal ('the Collector'), and has links with a number of sister organisations abroad.   There are thousands of us across the country and round the world - join us!  Certain parts of this website are for members only including a Forum and Wiki.

0-gauge Station SceneThe HRCA is a non-profit-making organisation, founded to stimulate interest and facilitate communication among collectors and operators of Hornby Trains and accessories, specifically the '0' Gauge, Dublo & Acho ranges, as manufactured by Meccano Ltd. in their British factories up to 1965 and overseas up to 1973. Feel free to browse the website to get more information about the society and its functions, and be sure to consider applying for membership.


The HRCA has around 2,000 members world wide interested in Vintage Hornby trains manufactured by Meccano Ltd:

  • 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)
  • Hornby Acho 2-rail electric (1960 to 1973)

Membership of the HRCA affords many benefits:

  • Monthly 40+ page colour journal the 'Hornby Railway Collector' (excluding January & July) Click here to view Sample Journals
  • Directory of Replacement and Repair Services lists around 100 suppliers (both on-line and in hardcopy)
  • Details of local area groups
  • Auction sales for members only (online catalogue with photos of each lot)
  • Annual Model Railway Exhibition and AGM
  • Library and back issue services for the journal
  • Association Regalia (badges, embroidered pullovers, etc.)
  • Access to the members' area of this website
  • Lively on-line discussion Forum
  • On-line access to all Journals (right back to issue 1 in 1969 when the HRCA was formed!)
  • Detail diary of events and local area group meetings
  • On-line access to a growing list of original Catalogues and Publication

You are welcome to browse this website and visit the Photo Gallery. Click here to see the full list of membership rates and application forms.

The HRCA now has a presence on Facebook!  Whilst our Forum, Wiki, Auction Catalogues, On-line Journals (and more) remain in the 'members only' arena, you are very welcome to post your pictures and comments on our Facebook pages.  If you like what you see then please do consider becoming an HRCA member.  Our membership rates are very reasonable and we even take Direct Debits and PayPal these days!


Facebook Link to Main HRCA Page  
<-- Click here to visit the HRCA's main Facebook Page
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Link to O-gauge Runners Facebook page  
<-- Click here to visit the 'Hornby 0 Gauge Trains - HRCA' Facebook Page
      (Facebook login required to join this 'closed group')
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Link to HRCA's Dublo Runners Facebook page
<-- Click here to visit the 'Hornby Dublo Trains - HRCA' Facebook Page
      (Facebook login required to join this 'closed group')
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