Hornby goes Steampunk – Cogs with Everything!

Geek points – yes, those are Airfix spacemen!

Didn’t expect this one … OO HO figures, rolling stock, waggons … cogs with everything!


Brief Hornby intro to Steampunk https://youtu.be/YdWO2zAQ7f8

Short BBC interview with Laurie Calvert https://youtu.be/mBzYnHsFeG8

Interesting or humorous development. It might engage some adult collectors or some teenage or child railway modellers, inspired by Steam Punk / Harry Potter / Philip Pullman / Mortal Engines / ImagiNations …

Not sure if I prefer my Steam Punk a little more Rowland Emmett

Dinosaurs and Railways? Like Doctor Who, been there before (or in the future?) Do a Snooville! https://sidetracked2017blog.wordpress.com/2019/10/13/do-a-snooville/

Hopefully it will catch the interest in the same way this Junior Modeller WW1 article did for me in the 1970s https://sidetracked2017blog.wordpress.com/2017/08/15/inspirational-articles-no-1-ww1-railway/

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN 1 May 2020

Author: 26soldiersoftin

Hello I'm Mark Mr MIN, Man of TIN. Based in S.W. Britain, I'm a lifelong collector of "tiny men" and old toy soldiers, whether tin, lead or childhood vintage 1960s and 1970s plastic figures. I randomly collect all scales and periods and "imagi-nations" as well as lead civilians, farm and zoo animals. I enjoy the paint possibilities of cheap poundstore plastic figures as much as the patina of vintage metal figures. Befuddled by the maths of complex boardgames and wargames, I prefer the small scale skirmish simplicity of very early Donald Featherstone rules. To relax, I usually play solo games, often using hex boards. Gaming takes second place to making or convert my own gaming figures from polymer clay (Fimo), home-cast metal figures of many scales or plastic paint conversions. I also collect and game with vintage Peter Laing 15mm metal figures, wishing like many others that I had bought more in the 1980s ...

4 thoughts on “Hornby goes Steampunk – Cogs with Everything!”

  1. No one expects the Spanish… I certainly wasn’t expecting this . I wonder how well it will sell and wheter it will put others off ? As a boy I liked my train set to have gimmicks like the helicopter that took off and the missile firing tank thing which I think went off when it passed over a thingie beneath the tracks. Perhaps this will appeal to the twenty twenties equivalent of me?
    I too prefer Emmett. In the 80s I subscribed to an American magazine AWNUTS ( always nuts never to scale) which features weird and wondrous trains, things like an astronomical observatory on wheels and the like. Sadly the magazines have long since gone in many moves ago. I have seen resin Emmett trains in various scales but I fear they might be a tad fragile for clumsy me. There are some wonderful layouts of Emmett trains and scenery out there in the ether.


    1. They will probably be very collectible in an Airfix Wildwest Dr X trainset kind of way. There have been some underwhelmed comments on Hornby and Railway modeller forums “that ‘they’ have just stuck cogs on all their old models …” or just renamed them.
      I never had the spinning helicopter or Dr X / Wild West Airfix railway sets – we did have some broken Triang type Army railway things and Mail collector wagons with no side of the track catcher, rail plate trigger thingie or mail bags.

      AWNUTS has now achieved scarce to rare almost legendary status, a blog on paper before it’s time. Never seen it or read it. Hopefully some will be scanned in one day …

      The Emmett white metal things look too fiddly for me. That is the Hornby advantage of ready to run.
      I’m sure that the Gruber Railway will have its own brand of Emmett magic!


      1. One of the highlights in sixties Edinburgh for me was visiting the department store ( Patrick Thomsons known as PTs) up the Bridges. It made much of its toy department at Christmas and they had extra attractions. I recall seeing an Emmett vehicle/display/installation there and being enthralled by it in all its kinetic glory.

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  2. OMG this is seriously weird! Are those astronauts I can see in the scene? And what is that strange battleship like thing with its miniature Bismarck turrets? I can’t imagine Hornby’s normal clientele approving of this…(but I quite like the passenger figures available on pre-order, they are full of character).


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