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As a child, Pat Hammond, with his older brother, played with a mixture of secondhand Hornby 0 gauge trains which their father had bought from boys at his school in the 1920s and had kept for his own children. In 1953 these trains were sold and Hornby Dublo was bought for Christmas. Pat eventually changed over to the more affordable Tri-ang system by Rovex. From then on, he developed a growing interest in collecting earlier models and in researching the history of the British model railway ranges, particularly those made after the Second World War.


Over the years, Pat Hammond’s collecting has widened to embrace many different British brands and culminated in his first venture into writing with ‘Collector’s Corner’ in Model Railway Constructor magazine in the 1980s. It also led him to write the Rovex Trilogy of books covering Tri-ang Railways 1950-1965, Tri-ang Hornby 1965-1971 and Hornby Railways 1972-1996. Pat is also the author of Ramsay’s British Model Trains Catalogue which is in its 9th Edition."