Page 1 of 13 12311 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 127

Thread: London toy fair (hornby)

  1. #1

    London toy fair (hornby)

    A thread over in RMweb showing what hornby had to offer at the London toy fair, some "interesting" (Q6 kit) things for sure.
    http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/ind...ndon-toy-fair/
    Nelson
    1̶5̶,̶1̶6̶,̶1̶7̶ 18 years old, and,
    Modelling the LNER, LMS NCC and UTA (steam of course)

  2. #2
    Senior Member steventrain's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    N.Ireland
    Posts
    332
    Blog Entries
    1
    Hornby do not look good.

    Pre-tax losses for the full year, between 5.5m and 6m.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-35538800

  3. #3
    Quote Originally Posted by steventrain View Post
    Hornby do not look good.

    Pre-tax losses for the full year, between 5.5m and 6m.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-35538800
    A pity. It doesn't bode well. Toy train sets seem ludicrously expensive now, and the older modellers market who grew up with toy train sets 60 to 35 years ago has accelerated its shrinkage due demographic age profile. Add to that, social networking now seems to be many youngsters primary leisure activity. The industry will never die, but as a 'sunset industry' it may become a lot smaller and more specialised.

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Wychavon (South Worcestershire)
    Posts
    397
    It's the same with secondhand books - my local shop told me recently that railways are the one area where the market has shrunk dramatically - the younger generation are still interested in cars, planes and ships but not, it seems, trains.

    Stephen

  5. #5
    Perhaps the romance of the rails is simply gone?

    The 'monsters' of our childhoods, be they spitting steam and cinders or shaking you to the bones with the roar of a diesel are largely gone. Certainly from the day to day average interaction with the railway.

    There is a lot less to inspire.
    Irish Railway Models Ltd | The next level in Irish railway modelling
    Finely detailed ready-to-run models in 4mm/OO scale
    www.irishrailwaymodels.com

  6. #6
    Quote Originally Posted by StevieB View Post
    It's the same with secondhand books - my local shop told me recently that railways are the one area where the market has shrunk dramatically - the younger generation are still interested in cars, planes and ships but not, it seems, trains.

    Stephen
    Possible multiple cause for the loss of interest, fewer folk around nowadays who remember seeing steam trains in their youth, the decline of loco hauled trains with rather bland looking DMUs, ICRs and HST125s. Modern passenger trains seem to have less 'machine' about them. Many young folk only have memories of trains as short rectangular buses on rails that sound uninspiring unlike guttural locos and hissing steam locos of even 30 years ago. UK TV and movie dramas still make significant use of iconic steam trains so despite folk not seeing them in the flesh they remain part of acquired subliminal memory.

  7. #7
    Quote Originally Posted by BosKonay View Post
    Perhaps the romance of the rails is simply gone?

    The 'monsters' of our childhoods, be they spitting steam and cinders or shaking you to the bones with the roar of a diesel are largely gone. Certainly from the day to day average interaction with the railway.

    There is a lot less to inspire.
    That's it in a nutshell.

    The world is gone backward - gone is supersonic passenger flight, gone is the space shuttle, manned space travel is finished, real dining coaches are gone from long distance trains, flying RC model aircraft has been replaced by drone cameras that have no challenge and need zero-1 skill to fly, gone is the HST ferry, where will it all end Ted?

  8. #8
    I'd imagine it's as much to do with buying up loads of other companies over the past 10-15 years and the 2012 Olympic merchandising disaster, not to mention the Sanda Kan episode as much as the 'doom and gloom death of the hobby' angle being bandied about that has left Hornby in this mess. Mind you it's not the first time it's happened to the company, most infamous of all in the late 60s when the hobby was at its peak.
    Railway videos, both real and model http://www.youtube.com/user/franburke

    My Fledging Flickr Account (With More Irish Pics Than You Would Expect!)

    Irish Railway Models Ltd | The next level in Irish railway modelling
    Finely detailed ready-to-run models in 4mm/OO scale
    www.irishrailwaymodels.com

  9. #9
    31p a share. hmmmm.

  10. #10
    Major brand names never die, sometimes they just change ownership. Hornby, Hornby-Dublo, Triang-Hornby, Hornby Railways, etc.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
About us
Welcome to Irish Railway Modeller. The home of Railway Modelling and collecting in Ireland. We are a friendly, open community where you will find lots of support, advice and encouragement, as well as inspiration! Join us today!
Join us