Hornby Railway Collectors Association of Australia Inc.
The Hornby Railway Collectors Association of Australia is a non-profit incorporated association devoted to preserving and running old commercially-manufactured toy and model trains. Members collect Hornby O gauge and Hornby Dublo trains, made in England by Meccano Ltd. from the 1920s through to the 1960s. Collections also include products from other makers, particularly Australian firms such as Robilt and Ferris.
Membership is Australia-wide, with branches in all states and the ACT. There are over 300 members, including overseas members.
'The Australian Hornby Collector' magazine
The Association publishes a high-quality quarterly journal, in full colour with up to 40 pages per issue, containing photographs, articles, letters, and notices of forthcoming get-togethers and other events.
Meetings are held periodically, in all states, typically monthly on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon at the homes of members. Often the host member will have a collection on display and/or a model layout in operation. Afternoon tea is provided on a bring-a-plate basis.
The Annual General Meeting is a national event, held in a different town or city each September or October, and occupies an entire weekend. Activities include layout visits, an evening dinner, the AGM at which office-bearers are installed for the following year, and a day-long auction.
Three or four times a year, in Sydney, Melbourne and often another location for the AGM, members-only club auctions are conducted. A range of old toy trains, accessories, books and other items are sold and there are always a few bargains. Anything from about 200 to 400 lots are on offer, submitted for sale by club members. The auctions are a great way for members to enhance their own collections and dispose of surplus items. A small vendor's commission goes towards club funds. There is no buyer's commission.