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Frank assessment


As a member of the Hornby Railway Collectors Association I must raise an eyebrow at your use of Frank Hornby's railway products (NCE last week).

Viewed in association with the article, readers might draw the conclusion that Hornby products have a performance issue.

The facts are quite the reverse. My Hornby locomotives, like many hundreds of others, are still running to schedule after some 70 years on the tracks: a testimony to good British design and quality engineering.

A later article in the above issue refers to the use of steel railway sleepers. Here Frank Hornby was first again and used steel sleepers throughout the 40 years production of rail track for his complete model O gauge railway system. Gauge cracking was never an issue although incorrect use of carpet for ballast could cause problems.

In the early part of the last century the products of Meccano were probably quite instrumental is setting many a young man on the path to a career in construction engineering. Perhaps future degree courses should include a Meccano module to help develop construction knowledge. Please take care when using such national icons in future.

David J Davenport (AM) (HRCA 5099) ddavenp3@ford. com

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