Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has promised to nationalise Hornby, after a string of profit warnings from the struggling service.
A new range of filthy carriages stuffed to the roof with tiny, red-faced passengers failed to raise flagging sales over Christmas.
“It was a complete surprise,” said exiting boss Richard Ames.
“I thought people would feel obliged to buy them, because we’d put the price up quite a bit.
“And more often than not when you opened the box, it was completely empty. Or it just contained a replacement toy bus.”
Corbyn thinks enough is enough, and has pledged to buy up the existing stock, using money from people who would rather play with Scalextric.
“Hornby is a vital part of Britain’s infrastructure,” explained the Labour leader.
“It prepares our children for the disappointment of using the real rail network.”