Frank Hornby was born on 15 May 1863 in Liverpool, Hornby was the son of John Oswald Hornby, a provision merchant and his wife Martha Hornby (née Thomlinson). He is mentioned elsewhere on this site in the 'Meccano' story. He was an English inventor, businessman and politician. He was a visionary in toy development and manufacture and produced three of the most popular lines of toys in the twentieth century: Meccano, Hornby Model Railways and Dinky Toys. He also founded the British toy company Meccano Ltd in 1908. This article takes a closer look at the development of ‘Hornby Train sets’
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