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Rovex Scale Models

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of Market Way, Canterbury, and Westwood Industrial Estate, Margate.

1951 Lines Brothers Ltd acquired Rovex Scale Models Ltd. for their methods of producing electric scale railways, including the factory at Richmond.

Needing extra space bought land at Margate and moved the production to a new factory there[1]

1959 Rovex Scale Models Ltd at Margate took over the 3rd extension to their factory; introduced a range of new models for 00/H0and TT scale model railways for British and Commonwealth railways, as well as scaled accessories such as model buildings[2]

1971 The Lines Brothers Group was broken up and sold off. Rovex Tri-ang, producer of Hornby Railways and other products as Pocket Money Toys, was then sold as Rovex, complete with its factories at Margate and Canterbury, to Dunbee-Combex-Marx (DCM). The name Tri-ang was sold off.

1972 The Tri-ang Hornby system took the name Hornby Railways from January.

1972 G. and R. Wrenn, a linked toy railway company, bought itself free as Wrenn Railways.

1973 Rovex Ltd became the importers of the Trix Minitrix range which was renamed Hornby Minitrix.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, July 17, 1962
  2. The Times, December 18, 1959