Category Archives: Hornby Dublo coaches


Dublo restaurant carThe Hornby-Dublo Super Detail coaches are a quirky blend of materials, with their tinplate sides and plastic roofs, ends and underframes. The maroon versions are particularly popular and come in seven versions including a sleeping car and full brake, just the right amount to form an attractive little collection in their own right. They are not that expensive, with prices around the £25 mark, except for one fly in the ointment; the 4071 Restaurant Car. Every self respecting express train needs one, but as they were released at the end of the Dublo production period, they are the scarcest coaches in the range, with prices hovering around £150.

Hornby Dublo 4076 six wheeled passenger brake van

Not sure whether to class this as a coach or a wagon. Either way, this Hornby Dublo stove-r 6 wheeled passenger brakeone really is a peach. Produced around the end period 1962-4, it’s a most unusual choice of model. The centre wheels are very loose to enable them to move with any points, crossovers, bumps etc. However it is prone to derailing, so this makes a better display piece than an actual running piece. The box has the late period italic Dublo logo and the couplings are the last fine plastic version. They are unusual in having a long plastic tube running off the back lug of the coupling to give a spring action to return the coupling to centre. The body is similar to the other super detail coaches, with tinplate body and plastic underframe, ends and roof. Expect to pay around £120 unless you’re fortunate enough to find a repaint or a seller who doesn’t know what they have. Actually, it has to be a coach as it has corridor connections at each end.