One on the first decision Dunbee-Combex-Marx had to face was what name to call the model railway produce they had bought, with the break up of the Lines Empire the Triang name was sold elsewhere so the name Triang-Hornby could no longer be used. However what they did have was the Hornby name, it was the obvious choice, so within 10 years Hornby Railways name had gone from O Gauge to now be used on what 10 years before had been products of Hornby's biggest rival Triang Railways.

Later Hornby also produced a model of the ill fated Advanced Passenger Train, the original tilting train an experiment that ended with a derailing about a mile from where I live in North Lancashire about 3 miles north of the Railway town of Carnforth famous for the film Brief Encounter.


Dunbee-Combex-Marx tenure started off very successful even expanding the Margate factory. This success went on through the 1970's despite the emergence of 2 new compeditors Airfix and Mainline, Hornby moving upmarket to take these head on. Like the original Hornby O gauge they produced some current Locos as they come out, modelling the HST Inter City 125 in 1977.

 In 1979 Hornby brought out its new control system Zero One which by means of a micro chip fitted to the Locomotive meant that up to 16 locos could now run on the same track. Hornby was going from success to success, however again its parent company was not, in 1980 Dunbee-Combex-Marx collapsed meaning that another new owner for Hornby was needed.

1981 saw the last time (to date) that Hornby Railways would be brought from a receiver, however this time it was not an established company who brought it but the existing management.

Several changes have taken place, the Railways was dropped from the name to become just Hornby, th production was moved from the Margate to China but all in all Hornby has gone from strength to strength.