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.

This site has been optimised for mobile phones and on a computer the pictures look small. To remedy this right click on the image, then click “open in a new tab” and you will have a full size version

  April 2024

I have  checked and updated all the links

There has been a lot of correspondence on the HRCA forum on Southern Region “Queen Mary” brake vans. Too difficult for me to make but I bought one of off Ebay and it’s a cracker and a very reasonable price

Well impressed. He also has some other interesting Neverwazzas at reasonable prices look here


Towards the latter part of last year I bought a Trix Standard 5 three rail which had been repainted and renumbered as an LMS loco. Not sure why anyone would do that but it certainly reduced its value and is a very nice runner

I have a short video of it 

Plus this one

These were quickly taken on my phone (Pixel 4A)


This website has been on the web since 2004 and on this platform since 2010. In that time there has been a lot of posts (197)  and comments (402) and like all blog sites they disappear into a black hole labelled Archive and are probably never seen again. However I have been trying out the Search function and it is very good so if you want or need to find something give it a try and hopefully you will find what you are looking for. 

Another addition to the loco fleet. Teaser picture below and the full story is here

This site has been optimised for mobile phones and so the pictures look small if you are viewing it on a computer  If you want to see a larger picture right click on the image and click view in a new tab and there it is.

I have removed the photos section and replaced it with a Video one. 

On this link there are my videos, Ron Dodds Maintenance videos, some from Ray on his 3 rail conversions and the Rise and Fall of HD which includes 2 videos on the history of HD. I am happy to add readers videos,


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 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 removes the need for the 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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