Frank Hornby established Meccano Ltd in 1901 to make metal erector construction sets.
Hornby's first trains appeared in 1920
In the early 1930s, Meccano had made many types of tin plate and other metal cars
like its Morgan and BSA three-wheelers, mostly in kit form.
In 1933 Meccano Ltd issued a series of railway and trackside accessories to complement their
O scale (1/45) Hornby Trains model train sets
that the famous 'Dinky' name came from a friend of one of Frank Hornby's daughters
and was likely derived from the Scottish "dink" meaning neat or fine.