Jouef were a French manufacturer of model railways. They were subsumed by the Italian Lima empire, which itself has recently been acquired by Hornby Railways. This article needs cleanup. ... Lima Model of the Class 87. ... Hornby Railways is the leading brand of model railway in the United Kingdom, and its company roots date back to 1901, when founder Frank Hornby received a patent for his Meccano construction toy. ...
They were founded in 1944 by Georges Huard, who previously made household utensils.
Jouef originally made trains using lithographed tinplate but pioneered the use of plastic injection moulding in the early 1950s. Over the last fifty years they have made some of the best models on the market. During their turbulent history they were taken over and bought out several times but survived everything until 2001.
Although the original Jouef factory in France closed in September of that year some of the Jouef models were produced for a while as part of the Lima, Rivarossi Group in Brescia, Italy. The Group went bust in January 2004 and by December 2004 had been acquired by Hornby.
Hornby International are planning to produce a limited number of Jouef models in 2006.
Jouef also made Die Cast cars in several scales as well as electric slot cars. Die Cast cars are a type of Model car that are usually made of metal and plastic. ... Categories: Toys stubs | Toys ...
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