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It seems that traditional hobbies and pastimes are back in favour, as model train maker Hornby has steamed back into profit, and auctioneer Ewbanks has exceeded estimates with a sale of rail collectables. Toymaker Hornby announced a 33 percent jump in sales in the six months to September, saying that coronavirus lockdown had apparently persuaded many families to focus on traditional hobbies. The firm which also owns the Scalextric car racing, Corgi diecast model and...

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A huge collection of boxed model trains and associated collectables – much of it in largely untouched condition – is expected to fetch over £10,000 at Ewbank’s Auctions in Surrey on October 28th. Built up over many years by a dedicated collector, the huge collection of models from brands including Hornby, Bemo and Tyco only came to light when his sister went to clear out his house after his death. Much of the collection is...

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