Classic UK Minitrix Models  -  UK Outline Models
Before Hornby
The name Trix has a long history with model railways with origins as far back as the 1920s, but it wasn't until around 1967 that any N gauge products were made. A British Company owned by the Courtaulds group had purchased the "goodwill and patents" of Trix Products for £1, and set up base in one of their factories in Wrexham, N Wales.

At the time, Trix Products were involved mainly in tin plate OO models - which were apparently dumped into a big hole in Wrexham, and the new British Trix company started a new range of models, some home made, but mainly in plastic.  In order to improve the total range available, some models were imported from Europe and repackaged for sale in the UK.  In other cases, British Trix obtained permission from German Trix to prepare plastic models of UK loco bodies for use with existing Trix chassis.  In 1967, they had started producing kits and models for N gauge - the familiar Class 27 came on the scene as a British Minitrix model at this time, but by the end of the year the company was bought up by German Trix.

The German Trix Era

So this is really where the story of the British outline Minitrix models starts.

German Trix had the tooling from the British Trix company and they had also acquired the factory and some key staff. Thernglade was formed specifically to take over the continued production of the models - including the British N gauge models. This went well for a couple of years - Thernglade in Wrexham turning out British models for a German company for sale in Britain.   The 1970 Trix catalogue produced by Thernglade listed and illustrated 6 British models - 2 x Class 27, 2 x Warship, a Britannia, and an 0-6-0 steam dock tank loco.

However, after a couple of years, German Trix took back control from Thernglade, the tooling went to Germany and production of the models continued in Germany rather than at Wrexham.  German Trix were now without a UK supplier, and Rovex had been wanting to get in on the N gauge market so a partnership developed.  Hornby Minitrix started marketing their new range of British Outline models - the potential for modifying an existing German chassis to suit a new UK body shell was instigated by Hornby and manufactured in Germany to be sold in Britain.

Maintaining Classic UK Minitrix Locos
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