Welcome to my Hornby Dublo 3 Rail Web Site.

This is based on my Hornby Dublo 3 rail running layout.

Latest news: December 2016

I have added pictures and his write up of Brian’s Layout, “Northern Heights”. Brian lives in the USA but his layout represents London’s Alexandra Palace branch line (if it had been built), the Northern Underground line and a tramway – in other words showing what might have been in the area where he grew up. All excellent and although a work in process, what layout isn’t, it is very much worth a look. Two videos of this layout have now been added.

I have now changed the menu section to Other Layouts and Alistair’s, David’s, David M’s and Richard’s layouts all appear here on a dropdown menu. Northern Heights will be transferred to this section after a period of appearing on the main menu.

In the UK we have two HD modellers who make excellent and prolific videos. Ronald Dodd is already well featured in the links for his maintenance videos but he has many others and I have added a link to his channel on You Tube. The other person is Garry Hall who has a large 3 rail HD layout using Peco track converted to 3 rail. He has an outstanding collection of Exley coaches and HD locos many of them repainted beautifully which he seems to be able to do with no fuss or bother. He is also into building 3 rail locos often with HD chassis and modern body and these feature in his videos. Also look out for the video of his 3 rail Garrett – a beast of an engine. 

I have a reasonable collection of the common HD locos but as I baulk at spending a great deal of money on the rare ones I have augmented the collection with Wrenn, Trix, Triang and other 3 rail conversions. They might not be original but they add interest to the running which to me is the prime objective of the layout.

Click on the News button to find out what is happening on the layout with new acquisitions and other changes.

I have added a new page to the site featuring Alistair’s build of his new dublo layout. He is starting from scratch in his new house with a loft layout. He has had a layout before so will be building on the tricks of the  trade learnt from his previous layout. Alistair is reader of the website and has volunteered to write his experiences on building the layout which I will publish as and when I receive them on his own page. This new section should be very interesting to those new to Hornby Dublo.  If you have any question add a comment and Alistair can reply direct.

I have now added another new page for another New Layout build. This one by David will be very large. He has started his page with a detailed look at his old layout, now dismantled, which contained many Neverwazzas and he gives excellent advice on building and running this layout. Then we move on to his new layout. This has just got really interesting.

For Admin purposes, all text and photos on Alistair’s and David’s pages are their copyright and cannot be reproduced without their permission. Despite their initial enthusiasm I have received no further updates on either of these two layouts. I will keep them on the site for the time being.  

The Links button connects you to other layouts, restorations, repairs and sales plus prototype railway sites. There are over 70 links on my Links Page and it is the most popular page on the website. These links cover Dublo, Trix, Triang Wrenn and other old railway systems, information, items for sale and also some websites on prototype railways in the UK. They are checked at least once a month and there should be no broken links. Well worth a browse.

The Photos link is currently a work in progress at the moment. I have removed the link to a Picasa site and replaced it with some pictures of my engines. Not sure that this works very well but I will reflect and perhaps change it again in the future. The new software enables me to easily add a picture to a post so I will make sure that all new posts have relevant pictures. Click on the picture to enlarge.

The following links have comprehensive pictures so you can click on the thumbnail to enlarge and then watch the pictures as a slide show. This capability might well remove the need for a photo album.

The Layout button links to a history of the layout and the build of the extension with relevant pictures. Information and help for building your own layout. This is now a very large page with jump buttons enabling quicker navigation. It also has many many helpful comments at the bottom of the page. In addition there are now layout pages for Alistair’s and David’s Layout builds. Everything you could ever want to know if you are thinking of building a 3 rail layout.

The HD Locos link gives pictures and the background to my collection of HD 3 rail locos

The Modified HD Locos Link gives pictures and background to HD based locos which have been repainted, re-bodied or converted from 2 rail to 3 rail.

Click on the Wrenn locos and see which ones I have that have been converted to 3 rail operation.

Currently the site does not have a spam problem so comments are fully active. Please leave a comment on anything that interests you. I check the site at least 4 times per week so you can expect a prompt reply.

Many thanks for looking and enjoy your own 3 rail running.

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