All aboard for Hornby inspired family fun days at Meadows Library

26 July 2023 4min read

Meadows Library Maghull will be hosting two family fun days in August as part of a National Lottery funded Frank Hornby project.

The sessions will run 10am-4.30pm on Thursday, August 10th & 10am-1pm on Friday August 11th

Families will be able to see and take part in a variety of activities including seeing a working 'O' gauge Hornby railway layout.

There will also be a number of Meccano displays, large scale Meccano to build,  a film about Hornby on Merseyside and a local history walk.

The Hornby inspired local history walk will leave Meadows library at 11am on Thursday August 10th, taking in the Hornby’s homes, Maghull station and Hornby’s grave. 

All are welcome to attend.

Special guest Lady Anne Dodd will unveil a Frank Hornby locomotive nameplate which once graced engine 86414.

The plaque was originally unveiled by her late husband, Ken Dodd, at Lime Street Station on 20th November 1986.

Lady Dodd will unveil the plaque at 2pm on Thursday, August 10th.


The nameplate, which was created to mark the 50th anniversary of Frank Hornby's death, is on loan from the Hornby Railway Collectors Association, and will be placed on display in the Hornby Heritage Centre following the family days for all to see.


The project seeks to raise the awareness of this a visionary in toy development and manufacturer's ongoing connection to Maghull. In the autumn the Library will host a festival of talks further exploring the Frank Hornby legacy."


The Hornby Railway Collectors Association will be inviting the following interested parties in addition to any of its members who wish to attend:-

Tim Hedley-Jones, Executive Director of the Railway Heritage Trust

Phil James from Network Rail

David Thrower, Public Transport Consultant

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