Hornby has released a statement today regarding their Titfield Thunderbolt and The Lady with a Lamp model railway packs.
The packs included rolling stock and L&MR No. 57 ‘Lion’.
Studiocanal, who are currently preparing to release The Railway Children Return to the public, owns the rights to The Titfield Thunderbolt and The Lady with a Lamp, as well as the rights to the Thunderbolt locomotive.
Hornby have therefore confirmed that they have removed the two packs from the 2022 product range.
The Bedford Coach has also been cancelled.
A Hornby spokesperson said “For several months there has been some speculation concerning the introduction of two Hornby train packs under the sub brand title of ‘Trains on Film’ which both featured, in one form or another the L&MR No.57 ‘Lion’ and associated rolling stock. The films concerned were ‘The Lady with a Lamp’ and ‘The Titfield Thunderbolt’.”
“Hornby Hobbies Ltd. have decided to remove the two ‘Trains of Film’ packs from the Hornby 2022 product range and acknowledges and accept that Studiocanal own the licensing rights to the ‘Thunderbolt’ locomotive as depicted in the ‘Titfield Thunderbolt’ film as well as Dan Taylor’s grounded carriage body. Hornby also acknowledges and accepts that Studiocanal own the title rights to the films ‘Titfield Thunderbolt’ and ‘The Lady with a Lamp’.”
“Along with this, the Bedford Coach within the ‘Trains on Film’ category has also been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”