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.

October 2019

New link added to JW Models. Plenty of HD 3 rail for sale at realistic prices. Well worth a browse.

Richard has been revitalizing some oil wagons with new transfers, pictures and description here

Richard has also been 3 railing a kit built J39 pictures and description here

David has sent me details on how he 3 railed a Mainline Collett 0-6-0. Pictures and explanation here

Latest comment wants a good home for some HD 3 rail sets but he lives in UAE. Contact me and I will send the enquiry to him

Paul Thompson has been around 3 rail for many years and in fact painted, extremely well, my BR green 2-6-4T 80135 so here is his latest video of his layout, Tomlinson Park. It really is a great video action packed and with a footplate ride and a break van ride.  

It was in 2018 the 80th Anniversary of the introduction of Hornby Dublo by Meccano. The HRCA have produced a special commemorative  edition of the The Hornby Railway Collector. However if you are not a member you can access the original article in The Meccano Magazine here – scroll down to page 554 and then to 572 for more information. Beware – once on this site you may never leave as there is so much of historical interest in these old magazines.

One of my favourite HD experts, Ron Dodds, has also celebrated the anniversary with a series of videos on his Mercia layout and they can all be seen here

Ray posted three videos of Trix and Wrenn running on his HD 3 rail layout in Comments which I have added to the latest news 

Ray has joined my list of HD experts, Ron, Garry and Phil who can repaint, refurbish and modify HD locos (and rolling stock) as well converting 2 rail engines to three rail. I keep trying but my skill level is far, far below them. The good news is that Ray has agreed to add his layout to my Other Layouts section. Ray is a frequent poster on the Hornby Dublo Enthusiasts facebook page but if you don’t do facebook here is an opportunity to read, see and watch the videos of Ray’s layout, tips on 3 rail conversions and more HD stuff which I will be adding mainly by taking it from his posts on the facebook page. This section will bring most of Ray’s comments in one stream. The first effort is available here

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.

I have added 3 Trix maroon coaches to the layout which are very free running and a Hornby LNER  B12 to the loco roster.

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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