Hornby Dublo 3 Rail

Welcome to my Hornby Dublo 3 rail website that is based on what’s happening on my Hornby Dublo 3 rail running layout.

Latest news: June 2018

More and more people are accessing the web via smartphones and tablets and I realised that my previous website did not fit well in this environment. Thanks to WordPress that hosts my site I have changed the theme and now this site works better on these smaller screens. However the change has meant that some of the paragraphs have become disjointed and I will have to go through every page on the site to make sure that these faults are corrected. I have started but it may take some time.   

Alistair’s Layout. I have heard from him and he has had to move house but is building a new layout. Here are his first pictures, hopefully he will take us through the stages of building his new layout. Scroll to the bottom of the page to get his latest contribution Two more pictures have been added to Alistair’s  layout page as he experiments with the running layout

Northern Heights as also seen a very interesting update with the Thames coming into play – Brian writes I have broken the theme of Northern Heights from just my part of North London to include a 7′ x 1′ extension of River Thames waterfront.  In reality it would be many miles away not just over the tracks but ;

 1)     I had waterline boats to use
2)     I wanted to show the various Dublo wagons I have that don’t otherwise get seen.
3)     I’ve been itching to build the old Airfix/Dapol crane again. It and the shunting 0-6-2 are in ‘Dublo Docks’ colours
4)     The Tudor Rose plastic tugboat is contemporary with Hornby Dublo from the 50’s 
5)     The Goods Shed from the Bachmann Resin Thomas the Tank Engine range reminded me of Dock Building.
See the pictures here

 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.

Southern 0-6-2T – Prewar

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 is now a tab for Other Layouts which currently has information on 5 three rail layouts. Everything you could ever want to know if you are thinking of building a 3 rail layout.

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 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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