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Hornby Acho was a French subsidiary of Meccano Ltd. of Binns Road. It had no connection with Rovex / Triang who bought up the Hornby trade name when Meccano closed in the 1960s.
Hornby Acho 1960 to 1973, Acho being a play on HO scale (1:87)
The original Hornby Acho was very durable, and very well engineered and is still available secondhand.
This is my first Hornby Acho loco, my love of the centre cab layout and electric overheads made this an obvious choice for my collection.
This one is SNCF BB12061 in green, was also available in blue with the same number.
Both ends have directional working headlights, couplings are a standard HO type used by many manufacturers.
Hornby Acho number 6392.
The real locomotive.
The SNCF Class BB 12000 were electric locomotives operated by SNCF. The first examples arrived on the railway in 1953, operating on the 25 kV 50 Hz line to the coal mines of the Houillères de Lorraine in the north-east of France.
BB 12001 arrived in Mohon on July 17, 1954. Tried first along the Valenciennes – Lumes line, specifications called for a locomotive capable of pulling 750 tonne trains along a grade of 10 ‰. The 12000 Class proved more than capable, pulling 1100 tonne then 1400 tonne trains. BB 12006 using a different system of gears could pull 2000 tonne trains.
The 12000s integrated well with the SNCF CC 14100 series. SNCF would own 148 of this type of locomotive and another 20 were delivered to the Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Luxembourgeois in Luxembourg.
Real loco text from Wikipedia