Category Archives: Hornby Dublo 3 Rail

Hornby Dublo 3-Rail BO-BO D8000

This really is the train i love to hate. We have two BO-BO’s and in honesty they are both as bad as each other.  The bonus of having 2 is the fact you can couple them up and they run really well together. If you have a larger layout then we’ve found that putting and other controller to feed power around the 2nd half of the track pays dividends as theres no dip in power around the tack.

The BO-BO’s have a plastic body which makes them prone to jumping the tracks. to make up for this they have rubber tyres on the wheels which helps traction, since they don’t got at such higher speeds like the A4’s they can pull more.

I wanted a diesel engine for ages but dad always shyed away from getting one believing that diesel killed steam off, eventually i think he just gave up and bought 1 to keep me quite.

The BO-Bo’s where always a pain to get out of the boxes after a year in storage, they always ran really slow and you’d often find you need to run them for 10/15 minutes to almost warm them up, un full power they could be pretty slow, but would soon speed up.
Hornby Dublo 3-Rail BO-BO

Heres D8000 at York National Railway Muesuem

BO-BO D8000

Hornby Dublo 3-rail 3211 4-6-2 BR Green A4 Class Loco No.60022 Mallard

Well the Mallard, this was a train bought for me for a birthday present. Most people will be familiar with Mallard been Blue as that’s its livery in the National Railway Museum at York, but that’s its LNER livery.

We never had any major problems with this loco, it was always first out to make sure all the track was fine after dad had laid it and last to be put away as i wanted to use it.

I can remember it been re magnetised once, this happened when we got it out for a layout and it was awfully slow, unfortunately it just had to be put to one side until we could send it away to be sorted.

Only recently we found out it had the wrong tender, mine would appear to have the tender from Silver King but the matt Version, probably cock up when someone was playing with these trains and put the wrong tender away with my Mallard. So somewhere there is a Silver king with a Mallard Tender.

Below is a picture of a Mallard loco with the right Tender

Hornby Dublo 3-rail 3211 4-6-2 BR green A4 Class Loco No.60022 Mallard

Mallard was in service until 1963 where it had covered a staggering 1.5 million miles, London to Perth in Western Australia is only 9,000 miles.

Mallard holds the speed reord for a steam powered train at 125.88 MPH, its one of a few A$’s that where built with a double Chimney check out a Silver King Model and double Kylchap blastpipe, which made for better exhaust flow at speed. When mallard Broke the speed record it was only 5 months old, so it was run in nicely but not overly loose like some of the older A4’s.

For some reason Mallard went through 12 boilers in her working career, something that is strange yet rings home to me is boiler number 3 8907 which came from Silver King and was fitted 1 August 1946.

Strangely enough i have seen more A4’s an any other train.

Mallard At Yorks National Train Museum

Sir Nigel Gresely i saw running near Grosmont

And Remembering rightly i’ve seen Union of South Africa.

Hornby Dublo 3-Rail EDL12 D12 4-6-2 BR Princess Coronation Class Loco No.46232 Duchess of Montrose

The good old faithful Duchess of Montrose, the one that always seemed to take a back seat in my memory of Hornby. Mainly because it was always looking so cheap next to the City Of Liverpool. One think that always intrigued me was the fact that the coal in the tender was in smaller chunks compared to those of the A4’s.

The Picture below shows the Duchess of Montrose in a matt finish but ours was gloss, so unless there was a matt version I’m not to sure. I do prefer the matt finish though.

Rearly did the Duchess ever give any problems, if i remember rightly it never liked going over crossing sections of track.

I can remember this been brought home one Saturday afternoon, so in my mind it probably came from york.

Hornby Dublo 3-Rail EDL12 D12 4-6-2 BR green matt Princess Coronation Class Loco No.46232 Duchess of Montrose

Hornby Dublo 3-rail BR green (Gloss) A4 Class Loco No.60016 Silver King

Well i can remember that this is one of the few locos that my dad got when he was a kid. When i was little he only had 2 trians A little tank and this the A4 Pacific with 2 coaches. He had these 2 loco’s fora while and then he bought. The Great Western Region Bristol Castle, and from there it grew.

I know that he doesnt have the box for this set but i know that its complete. To say its not box its in pretty good good condition and so are the 2 coaches, i know that he hasn’t expanded on the coaches that come with the Silver King, but it does pull the Plum and Custard British Rail coaches well.

We’ve never really had nay problems with the Silver King. Hornby also did A Matt Model of the Silver King which is more rare and harder to come by, and it  seems to of eluded my dad for years. In Honesty there isn’t many left for him to get i can maybe only think of 8/.9 trains that he might need before he’s finished

It also was a regional train as it was based up in Gateshead for many years and was then transferred to Ferryhill in 1963, it was withdrawn from service in late 1965 and was scrapped by Motherwell Machinery & Scrap.

Here’s a photo of the Hornby Dublo EDP11 Passenger Train set.

Hornby Dublo 3-rail EDP11 Passenger Train set containing 4-6-2 BR green (gloss) A4 Class Loco No.60016 Silver King

Heres a Picture of it running upo in scotland.

A4 60016 "Silver King" at Stirling on the 07:10 Aberdeen - Glasgow 2nd April 1964.

Hornby Dublo 3-Rail 3226 Loco No.46247 City of Liverpool

Hornbys City Of Liverpool is one of the Locos that i used rarely. I can remeber my father getting it, i’m almost certain it came from a litle shop in York very close to Ziggys Bar & Pub. It must of cost in the region of £350 – £400.

Due to its higher value and rarity it didnt get run as often as some of the other tains. But it was nearly always sat near the Duchess Of Montrose in the layout sidings.

The yellow piping on the bodywork really makes the City Of Liverpool stand out, i don’t think this ever got re magnatised, probably due to it not been used often and not pulling a full rake of coaches. I think at most it would pull 4/5 coaches compared to the Bristol Castle which would often be seen pulling 8/9 coaches.

Hornby Dublo 3-Rail 3226 4-6-2 BR Princess Coronation Class Loco No.46247 City of Liverpool

Hornby Dublo LT25 Class 8F

This is one of my favourite Loco’s that my dad has, when i was younger i was fascinated by the smaller wheels that the 8F locohad. It would pull and pull all day it could be laden down with a good 10 petrol tankers and still pull well.

Since the track was only laid down once or twice a year this is one of those locos that started of slow and needing warming up on first run and then it would be fine.

In my memory i think its been re magnetised once, they main issue is the solder gets weak that connectors the power tender to the loco and this often snapped.

I can’t remeber when or where my dad bought this loco or even how much it cost. but its still one of the best he has.

Hornby Dublo LT25 Class 8F