Second series of A Model World going behind the scenes at Hornby to air on Yesterday channel

Hornby: A Model World Director of Development Simon Kohler Photo UKTV

Update: The first episode was delayed but will now be screened on Monday 16th January at 8pm.

A second series of Hornby: A Model World airs on Yesterday channel from Monday, January 9 at 8pm.

The Margate-based model making company opens its doors again to reveal how they shrink mighty trains, planes and automobiles to create a new generation of miniature masterpieces.

In the new series, musician and TV presenter Jools Holland (episode 2) allows cameras into his Kent home to marvel at his train layout.  With a love of architecture, Jools has collected models and kits of curious buildings for the past 45 years.

Jools Holland Image UKTV

Also in the series, music producer Pete Waterman (episode 4) creates his most ambitious layout to date – recreating the section of West Coast Mainline where he spent his Saturdays as a child.

Photo Steven Collis

Each programme follows Hornby’s design process from drawing board to mini replica, charting the ups and downs of the journey as Hornby’s team of designers attempt to get the all-important detail spot on, whether it’s perfecting the sound of a luxury 1940’s steam loco or the shape of a rally racing car.

Cameras also capture some of Britain’s best model layout builders, creating miniature masterpieces in lofts and sheds across the land. These dedicated enthusiasts spend hundreds of hours building perfect replicas of towns, villages and landscapes for their locos to travel through, everything from wintry wonderlands to bomb damaged city scenes.

Hogwarts model railway Photo John Horton

Simon Kohler, Marketing and Product Development Director at Hornby, said: “For many, a hobby is a wonderful form of relaxation – whether it’s creating a fully detailed model railway, racing a Scalextric Formula One or meticulously piecing together a fully detailed Airfix kit. Whatever the case and whatever the pastime such hobbies can be filled with essential mental wellbeing fused with an incredible sense of achievement and satisfaction.”

UKTV’s senior commissioning editor, Helen Nightingale added: “I’m so excited to be going back into this fascinating world, following the work of the inventive designers at Hornby as they design and launch new products. And to meet more of the passionate enthusiasts, hobbyists and creators and see their meticulous work, in miniature, come to life.”

James May at the Hornby site Photo John Horton

Series one of A Model World launched to a consolidated 630k viewers, making it the second highest series launch on Yesterday.

Hornby marked the return of office staff to its historic Margate site in 2019 with the opening of its new showrooms.

Hornby moved distribution to Hersden in 2014 and office functions to Discovery Park in 2015, ending more than 60 years of work in Margate.

But the Scalextric and model train giant returned to the Ramsgate Road site ain 2019 and boasts expansive trade showrooms and a range of new products.

Hornby: A Model World airing on the Yesterday channel (Image Hornby/Yesterday)

Yesterday is on Freeview 26, Sky 155, Virgin 129, Freesat 159, BT/Plusnet/TalkTalk/YouView 26.

Yesterday +1 – Freeview: 74, Sky: 255, Virgin: 200

The first series is available on demand on UKTV Play now.

Ten-part series goes behind the scenes at Hornby to show ‘A Model World’

TV presenter James May joins official celebration of Hornby’s return to Margate

Hornby Hobbies bringing offices and showroom back to its traditional Margate home


  1. Its a shame the visitor centre is so poor, the staff having NO knowledge of the history behind the the vehicles their kits are based on and absolutely NO knowledge of the products they’re selling (they’re all teens from local high schools with no hobbyist background)…

    “boasts expansive trade showrooms and a range of new products.”

    It really, really doesn’t. One step through the visitor centre doors would show that.

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