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Inside Hornby – secrets of the greatest train model maker in the world

Tune in go behind the scenes and discover the secrets of Hornby – the greatest train model maker in the world

Known throughout the world as the best train model making company in the world, Hornby is a legend to people of all ages. And now Hornby fans can go behind the scenes to discover all the very best about the company.

10-part TV Series

From October 11, you can watch Hornby – A Model World, the indepth story of the company which is home to four iconic brands – Hornby, Airfix, Scalextric and Corgi. Tune into the Yesterday channel every Monday at 9pm and you’ll enjoy the highs and lows of one of Britain’s best-loved companies

Designer Secrets

Over ten weeks, you’ll discover how the company’s talented team of designers manage to recreate some of the best loved trains including the Flying Scotsman and the Hogwarts Express in miniature. You’ll also see how they’re modernising the company to appeal to a new young audience.

First episode secrets

In the first episode of the show, you’ll discover what happens when the team launch a metal diecast replica of a 1940’s steam locomotive, the Merchant Navy, General Steam Navigation. Development Director Simon Kohler leads the project as he remembers his brother getting one for Christmas as a child.

Planes, trains & automobiles

The company doesn’t only design miniature trains – they also boast the best miniature racing cars and heritage fighter planes. And each programme will follow the design process from drawing board to perfect mini replica. You’ll marvel at how the dedicated team manage to perfect everything from the sound of a 1930’s steam loco or the stitching on a First World War fighter plane. 

Home enthusiasts

Hornby is proud of the army of British model train fans and during the series you can meet some of the most dedicated amateurs in the country. From lofts and sheds around the UK, you’ll get to meet the men and women who enjoy building perfect replicas of town towns and villages for their locos to travel through. Nothing but the very best is good enough for them.

  • Find out more at the Yesterday channel and all episodes will be available on catch-up on UKTV Play.