Hornby train restoration services

We can restore and repair your Dublo, Tri-ang and Hornby locomotive, passenger coaches, trucks and wagons for you. Rates vary depending on how much work is required and what standard is desired. Please contact us for full details of this service and note that a final quotation cannot be given until the locomotive, passenger coaches, trucks and wagons are inspected at our restoration facility.

To have your locomotive serviced or repaired please contact us first and give the identity of your locomotive(s) and the nature of the fault(s) as not all parts are available and not all faults can be repaired.

Instructions on how to send your Hornby locomotive to us for repair or service


Typical services and prices:
X03, X04 motor overhaul (brushes, braids, wires, suppressor):
Ringfield motor overhaul (brushes, brush springs, wires, suppressor):
Clean and service your locomotive (no new parts):
  From £20.00
Digital conversion to Hornby DCC:
  From £25.00
Repairs to your locomotive (no new parts):
  From £20.00
Clean and service your passenger coach (no new parts):
  From £5.00
Clean and service your trucks and wagons (no new parts):
  From £5.00

Case studies:

Bachmann drive coupling fault

Hornby Dublo 3 rail 7037 Swindon Castle locomotive service

Hornby Dublo 3 rail EDL7 0-6-2T locomotive service

Hornby Tri-ang 4-6-2 Princess Elizabeth clean, service and upgrades

Hornby R253 Dock Authority shunter clean and service

Hornby R862 Evening Star under repair after being damaged by a flood

Tri-ang Hornby Dublo 3 rail EDL7 0-6-2T conrod pin repair

Tri-ang Hornby 4-6-2 Pacific Class 23 T.R.2335 repair

Hornby R084 Class 29 BO BO diesel electric locomotive service including the Hornby Ringfield motor

Further reading:

10 reasons why your Hornby train stops or hesitates on the track

How to service the X03 and X04 motor in your Hornby model locomotive

How best to lubricate your Hornby locomotive

Compatibility between old and new Hornby and Tri-ang locomotives, Hornby track and speed control methods

Digital Conversion of a Hornby Locomotive to Hornby DCC

For further details of all our services please contact us so that we can help you best.


Useful links...
Scalextric Car Restorations Scalextric slot cars, parts and track accessories from 1960 to the present day. Everything you'll need to keep your cars and track layout in great working condition.
The old toy guide Provides information about old and collectable toys.


Local railway modeling clubs...

www.buzzrail.co.uk The official website of the Leighton Buzzard Railway--one of Britain’s leading narrow-gauge heritage railways, which celebrated 90 years of continuous operation in 2009.
Coventry Model Railway Club The Coventry Model Railway Club meets on Tuesday and Thursday nights at our club room; Unit 3, The Canal Warehouse, Leicester Row, Coventry, CV1 4LH. 7.30pm - 10.30pm.
www.CXMRS.org.uk Clay Cross Model Railway Society is a long established local society with a large new clubroom in Clay Cross and looking to attract new members.
The Gauge One Model Railway Association The Association caters for all scales using the 45mm track gauge.
Guildford Model Engineering Society GMES aims to develop, encourage and provide facilities for
all aspects of the hobby of model engineering and to promote
fellowship between its members.
www.cheshirerailwaymodellers.org The club is based in Cheshire but membership applications are welcomed from anyone interested in model railways, beginner to expert, near and far.
Amersham and Chorleywood Model Railway Society We are a small group who now meet in Chorleywood and welcome new members. Most of our members model UK railways from various parts of the country. Some are also interested in, and model, European railways. The club has layouts in gauges "O", "OO" and "OO9". The test track has "OO", "EM" and "HOm" and there is space for "N" gauge as well.
www.suttonmec.org.uk We are an enthusiastic club with an interest in all things mechanical, and of course always welcome new members. If you require information about membership, or perhaps just wish to visit us with your loco on a track running day please contact us, we look forward to meeting you.


And for those that like the full size trains...

National Railway Museum The National Railway Museum the largest railway museum in the world, attracting almost 1 million visitors per year to our sites at York and Shildon.
Didcot Railway Centre Didcot Railway Centre is home to the Great Western Society's unique collection of steam engines, coaches, wagons, buildings and small relics; and a recreation of Brunel's broad gauge railway.
Severn Valley Railway The official website of the Severn Valley Railway.
Kidderminster Railway Museum Collection of railway artifacts, photographs and archives from the 1840s to the end of steam, plus conference facilities.
Birmingham Railway Museum Vintage Trains runs steam trains on the UK national main line system including the Shakespeare Express to places of interest using locomotives based at Tyseley Locomotive Works, Birmingham Railway Museum.
STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway The Museum tells the story of the men and women who built, operated and traveled on the Great Western Railway - 'God’s Wonderful Railway' - a railway network that, through the pioneering vision and genius of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, was regarded as the most advanced in the world.
UK Heritage Railways A guide to the entire heritage railway scene in the UK and Ireland, including details of special events, trains and operating days for all steam railways. However, you are advised to contact the railway directly at the given address for confirmation of, and full details of any events, opening times and train timetables.
East Anglian Railway Museum The East Anglian Railway Museum, based just outside Colchester, Essex, is a Working Museum dedicated to preserving the history of railways in the Eastern Counties.
Mid-Suffolk Light Railway Suffolk's only railway museum is dedicated to conserving historical documents as well as preserving the hardware which goes to make up a working railway.
Darlington Railway Museum The Museum is devoted to the area formerly served by the North Eastern Railway, with particular reference to the Stockton & Darlington Railway, and the railway industry of Darlington.
Buckinghamshire Railway Centre Buckinghamshire Railway Centre is a working steam museum where you can step back in time as you stroll amongst the giants of the steam age displayed at its spacious 25 acre site.
Bluebell Railway Museum The Bluebell Museum collects, preserves, interprets and makes accessible to the public, artifacts, history, customs, practice and skills relating specifically to the Bluebell Railway and generally to the railways of the steam era in the South of England.
Griffithstown Railway Museum This former Great Western Railway good shed has been lovingly restored & now houses a fine collection of railway memorabilia & model railways.

Contact us to add your railway website or club website to this list.






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