The final Tri-ang Railways catalogue front cover
from a painting by Terence Cuneo.
The first Triang Hornby catalogue saw the introduction of two
totally new locomotives, with both Hymek and Hall making
their debut in 1966.
The West Country class locomotive 'Dorchester' and the station buildings
were the first items from the former Hornby Dublo range to appear in the
new combined catalogue.
Most of the Tri-ang range of train sets, locomotives, rolling stock,
track and buildings continued in production. The American outline,
'Davy Crockett' locomotive and its associated 'The Frontiersman'
train set being notable exceptions.
The only new locomotive this year, and featured in the
front cover painting, was the southern M7 tank locomotive
with fire box glow and opening smoke box door. This catalogue also
saw the introduction of the freightliner container wagons.
The Battle Space range of rail based combat units featured heavily,
covering four pages and included the unique Turbo Car which was powered
along the track by the propeller at the rear.
Electric locomotives E3001 and EM2 appear in a two page spread together
with the overhead catenary system required for their authentic
The emphasis this year was on the amalgamation of Triang Hornby and
Minic Motorways and the cover of this years catalogue included the new
On the railway side, the big news was the announcement of the totally
new A3 class locomotive 'Flying Scotsman'. To keep up with
the times, a few diesels now appear in the new corporate blue livery.
Mk2 coaches with working interior lights were also new for this year.
The Super 4 track system reached its zenith with the introduction of the
3rd radius curve.
The back twelve pages are devoted to the Minic car system which could be
connected with the railway to create an 'integrated transport
system'. Something we could do with today!
The original Freightliner wagon is joined this year by
five new variants with 30ft and 20ft containers and the Freightliner
The Blue Pullman set sports the new Grey/Blue livery and Flying Scotsman
is now available in LNER as well as BR green.
Five locomotives from the former Hornby Dublo range, including the
Castle, 8f and 4MT tank are included in the catalogue under the banner Triang
Hornby by Wrenn Another new model to make its first appearance this year was the R666
Cartic Car Carrier which included 16 MINIX cars. Its number
may have been a pointer for the future as today, this model can be a
devil to find on the second hand market
new decade marked a change in format, from portrait to landscape
New this year was the streamlined Princess Coronation class loco and an
expansion in the Triang Wrenn range including some wagons.
The new, more scale looking System 6 track appeared, but Super 4
remained available for the time being.
Big news this year is the announcement of the totally new Evening
Star locomotive with its revolutionary tender drive unit. Also new
is a 75 ton breakdown crane.
The Minic car system is no longer featured and the logo returns to its
The final Triang Hornby catalogue includes many new
liveries and a new Pannier Tank locomotive. Silver plated wheels
begin to appear on locomotives and rolling stock.
Liveries of the Big Four dominate the steam locomotive fleet.
System 6 track has now totally replaced Super 4
The end of Triang Hornby with the introduction of the Hornby
Railways name now on the catalogue.