8th Jan 2021

Where to start with Hornby?

Creating your first model railway? Adding to your collection? Extending your railway? We've got you covered as we are one of the leading UK retailers for Hornby, stocking a huge range!

Where Do You Start?


- One train controlled per controller.
- No option to control points/accessories remotely.
- Cheaper - great starting point if you're on a tight budget.

Digital (known as DCC)

- Multiple trains per layout, all controlled individually by the digital controller.
- Points/accessories can be controlled remotely by adding digital decoders.
- Options to control it all via computer using the Railmaster software - Coaches with lights stay lit even when the train is stationary. 

- DCC Controller included with the set, this is a big saving!
- Realistic train movement with each model able to be given levels of acceleration and deceleration settings.

Hornby DCC

The Hornby system differs from the conventional type of 12V controllers in as much that it is the individual locomotives that are controlled internally rather than the controlling of a locomotive’s speed and direction by varying the current to the track. The Hornby ‘Select’ and Hornby ‘Elite’ digital units when connected to the track pass not only a constant 15V AC voltage along the rails but also information signals to all locomotives and accessories that are on or are connected to the track.

Each locomotive that is DCC controlled must have internally fitted a small microprocessor based receiver called a decoder. These are available for different class locomotives, depending on their Era and Class.

DCC Controllers

Hornby Select Controller is the perfect way to enter the digital world of model railways. The Select is capable of having controllability of up to 60 locomotives and providing power is available, capable of running 10 of them at any one time. The Select can also operate 39 accessories including point motors. The stylish design presents all the control features available from the Select at the operator’s finger tips. From the smooth operation of the rotary control to the large LCD display the Select is an ideal way to enter the digital World of model railways.