Men and boys of all ages and for generations have enjoyed building, playing with and collecting transportation models. For some the pleasure is in model cars, for others it might be model planes or boats. But the firm favourite across the generations remains the model railway. Whether driven by nostalgia or by habit we collectively have a love of Hornby Model Railways. It is the Hornby name that we look for first when we start out with or when we return to this fascinating hobby.
Models are a way of representing our world in miniature and for some inexplicable reason we are all fascinated by miniaturisation. Perhaps it has to do with being in control. The modeller builds a world of his own and it is a world over which he rules supreme. It is a world in which he can immerse himself in his own fantasy. A gentle and therapeutic private place which he only has to share with an inner circle of invited guests.
It is not really surprising that we choose model railways as our hobby. There is and always has been a sense of romance attached to the railway engine. There is a sense of power and freedom associated with this living, breathing machine. We love its sounds and we love its smell. The very thought of the steam train puts most men and boys in a happy place. It is perhaps just a man thing.
Although our women folk don’t really understand this attachment to the railway engine, they are more than happy to go along with it and possibly even support it because it does not represent any form of threat to them or to their world. While their man is upstairs playing with his Hornby model railway he is neither very far away nor is he under their feet!
The son or grandson is often used as the justification for the initial dive into the world of the model railway. The sense of nostalgia and wanting the new little man in the family to enjoy the very thing that Dad amused himself with when he too was a little boy is quite a powerful force. Because the youngster is involved the deep seated desire to play is supported and encouraged by Mum because she sees it as a bonding process and being good for the little chap to spend time with his Father or Grandfather.
So it really is good news all round. Hornby model railways provide an agreeable pastime for chaps of all ages. A model railway promotes peace and harmony in the household and answers that age old dilemma of what to buy him for Christmas or his birthday. Long live Hornby Model Railways!