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I don't know if anyone has seen the Hornby USA website? It is not (as far as I can see) linked to from the UK site.

It has an interesting and well produced catalogue. I wonder if or when Hornby will start producing locos for the US market? Are they going to keep the marketing different?



 

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I'd say with Hornby owning the Lima family (ie rivarossi) it's only a matter of time before they enter the US outline market. Wether it will be with the Hornby name or another name or something like Rivarossi-by Hornby remains to be seen.
 

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It wouldn't be the first time that hornby have produced American outline models. I have seen several on E-Bay after the last few weeks from the Transcontinental, Canadian and ATT ranges of the mid 60s and Early 70s.

If you read the books by Pat Hammond, there are several photos of products made for these markets.

As for me, I'm waiting for Hornby to produce a series of Edwardian Engines. (Truro, Midland single Etc..)
 

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Try this link for the Hornby International web site. American outline locos (ex Rivarossi) are scheduled for release Q1 2006.

I 'd love to see a live steam Big Boy. I'm sure it won't be far away!

Bob
 

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I live in Canada and both Dapol and Hornby have announced entry into the North American market.
I model both British and Canadian prototypes, thus have purchased North American and UK models.
I don't think Dapol manufactures any North American prototype stock, just British. Hornby have Rivarossi products.
The US manufacturers produce many excellent kits and models. If Hornby wishes to compete in this market, to me they would need products with the same quality.
The main product from Rivarossi in Canada is their passenger cars and steam locos. There are other manufacturers who have better products in these categories.
Dapol kits are relatively "plain" compared to say a Branchline or Intermountain kit.
If the idea is for Hornby and Dapol to increase their presence in British outline models by shipping more stock to the US, they will need to promote British railway modelling.
The one negative thing for Canadians could be an increase in prices for their products.
This has happened before. The manufacturer does not allow Canadian wholesalers and suppliers to buy direct from them. They need to buy from a US source, or a Canadian source who is the only supplier ( and gets there orders from the US). Import duties, taxes and added charges by the supplier forces the price up quite considerably.
 
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