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HeadquartersUnited Kingdom
ProductsModel Railways
ParentHornby plc

Rivarossi is one of the world's most famous Italian manufacturers of model railways.[citation needed] In 2004 it was acquired by Hornby Railways.


Rivarossi model of 2-6-6-6

Rivarossi was founded in 1945 by Alessandro Rossi with an Antonio Riva.[1] In the 1990s Rivarossi acquired Lima (1992), Jouef and Arnold (1997). In 2003 Rivarossi went into receivership.

In 2004 Hornby Railways plc acquired assets from Rivarossi, in particular the brands Arnold, Jouef, Rivarossi and Lima. Since 2006 products are sold again under these brand names. The production has been moved to China.

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From 1957 Rivarossi HO models were licensed and sold by Lionel as Lionel HO. The cooperation with Lionel broke down over financial issues after only a year. From 1958 Rivarossi products were sold through Athearn. After Athearn, just about all Rivarossi products, and its sister company Pocher, were distributed through AHM (Associated Hobby Manufacturers). [2]


  1. ^ Giorgio Giuliani, ‘Meeting with Alessandro Rossi’, tr. by Angelo S. Giusti, www.rivarossi-memory.it.
  2. ^ Souter, Gerry and Janet (2005). Lionel: America's Favorite Toy Trains (Motorbooks Classic) (Digitized by Google Books online). MBI. ISBN 0-7603-1930-8. Retrieved 2008-01-18.

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