Hornby today released a statement regarding its Titfield Thunderbolt and The Lady with a Lamp model train packs.
The packs included rolling stock and L&MR #57 “Lion”.
Studiocanal, which is currently plotting the public release of The Railway Children Return, owns the rights to The Titfield Thunderbolt and The Lady with a Lamp, as well as the rights to the Thunderbolt Locomotive.
Hornby has therefore confirmed that it has removed both packs from the 2022 product line.
The Bedford Coach has also been cancelled.
A Hornby spokesperson said: “For several months there has been speculation about the introduction of two Hornby Train Packs under the sub-brand title of ‘Trains on Film’ which both featured, under a form or another, the L&MR No.57 “Lion” and associated rolling stock. The films concerned were “The Lady with the Lamp” and “The Titfield Thunderbolt”.
“Hornby Hobbies Ltd. has decided to remove the two ‘Trains of Film’ packs from the Hornby 2022 product line and acknowledges and agrees that Studiocanal owns the licensing rights to the ‘Thunderbolt’ locomotive as depicted in the film ‘Titfield Thunderbolt ‘ also as the ground car body of Dan Taylor. Hornby further acknowledges and agrees that Studiocanal owns the copyrights to the films ‘Titfield Thunderbolt’ and ‘The Lady with a Lamp’.
“Along with this, the Bedford Coach in the ‘Trains on Film’ category has also been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.”