Bulleid 59' Coaches, the USA Tour 'Flying Scotsman' and two Club locos
Welcome to this latest edition of The Engine Shed – providing all the latest information straight from the Hornby Development team.
This month we have another packed blog full of the latest samples across multiple projects that the team have received. In fact, this edition has plenty of samples that offer the first real look at a number of models that have already proven to be exceptionally popular.
Similar to last month’s blog, we are looking at the next newly tooled project in detail with this month seeing the full development journey of the Bulleid 59’ coaches. However, we also have the first images of the USA Tour 50th Anniversary Flying Scotsman (R3738), including its special packaging and display plinth.
In April we also mentioned that we would be showing you the Decoration Samples of the BR Large Prairies as soon as they arrived. These have now been received and feature in this month’s blog.
For a small step change this month we will also be showing the latest samples of the LNER Teak coaches that feature in the 2019 range. This highly complex finish is something we know many railway modellers will be interested in seeing.
We end this edition with a look at both the Collector Club locos, the recently revealed 0-4-0 that members will receive as part of their membership and the exclusive, soon to be available, H Class which members can choose to add to their collections at a special price. We are also including a recent article to showcase exactly what the Club has to offer.
However, we begin this month by bringing you fully up to date with the Bulleid 59’ project.
Bulleid 59' Coaches
If you are not familiar with the history of these coaches, we certainly recommend you read the relevant section in our January edition. With so much ground to cover this month we would rather not repeat ourselves as in January we offered a concise history of the Bulleid ‘shorties’.
As for the Hornby project, the research team in early January 2018 travelled to see the later Bulleid stock at the Bluebell Railway. As many of you will no doubt be aware, there are no existing examples of the Bulleid 59’ coaches and consequently it was not possible to actually examine one of the original coaches. However, there are many similarities with the later Bulleid coaches which were being renovated at the C&W Works and a trip was organised to gather as much information as possible. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Bluebell Railway's Carriage & Wagon department, as well Mike King for his assistance in providing photographs and carriage diagrams.
The details acquired on this trip were then added to a number of historical images and original plans to allow the designer to complete the project.
The design work itself began in December 2017 with the CAD design being completed by the end of January. This totalled approximately five weeks work accounting for the Christmas break. The starting point for the Bulleid 59’ coaches mirrored history in many respects as the designer made use of the previously Hornby designed Maunsell chassis drawings which only required a handful of alterations. For example, the battery box required to be adjusted plus other slight tweaks which included the step board.
On this project, the chassis was the main area of concern as the underframe and its detailing had to be modelled so that there would be no interference with the bogie, a common concern with rolling stock and something that the designer avoided. The dynamo also offered a challenge as there was little or no information available for the designer to call upon. However with time and patience the dynamo on the model has been accurately produced.
With the 2019 offering, four varients of the Bulleid ‘shorties’ were required including early and late versions of the Brake Third and Composite coach. The Early versions are plain sided and have larger windows than the Late versions as these have the additional welded beading (which was added to the coaches to alleviate problems with moisture). As is customary, the interiors of the coaches were also modelled and added to the design.
The Hornby designer was obviously keen to ensure that the distinctive shape of the Bulleid 59’ coaches was captured which he has achieved to great effect.
With separate grab rails on the doors and water filler pipes also included, these are incredibly detailed models.
Having covered the work behind the models we can now present to you the latest samples, recently received. There is nothing specific to bring to your attention, however, we must state that as good as these samples are they do not represent the final released version of the coaches.
R3738 1969 - 2019 USA Tour 50th Anniversary 'Flying Scotsman'
The R3738 USA Tour ‘Flying Scotsman’ has proven a popular choice since it was announced earlier this year. This unique model locomotive with 18 carat gold plated running gear and a wooden plinth (with matching gold plated rails), offers the collector a perfect example that celebrates an anniversary in Flying Scotsman's history.
The USA Tour was not without its struggles, particularly for the then owner Alan Pegler but this special tour locomotive with its alterations, offer a true slice of railway history.
It is perhaps no wonder that the R3738 Flying Scotsman is proving so popular with collectors and enthusiasts and it is with great pleasure that we offer the first glimpse of the model itself, including both the plinth and commemorative presentation box. Soon to be released, it is recommended that orders are placed for such an exquisite model so as to avoid disappointment.
BR Large Prairie
Following last month’s update on the Large Prairie project, we now have the Decoration Samples for the BR variant. As usual, we must stress that as Decoration samples these models may not be perfect.
LNER 61' 6" Gresley Coaches
As the year continues we are likely to feature more samples included in the 2019 range as a whole particularly where totally new models are concerned. However, there are plenty of items across the Hornby range that while not totally new still require a great deal of work and are certainly worth the attention in our blog.
One such project is the LNER Teak coaches which are featured in this year’s range. The R4826, R4827, R4828, R4829 and R4830 coaches all carry the famous teak finish and having worked closely with our vendors closely, the Hornby Development team would like to show samples of these coaches here in the blog.
Again, these samples are not the finished items but they do provide a glimpse of how effective the teak finish is.
The Hornby Collector Locomotives and Rob Bell Interview
There are two other samples we would like to bring to your attention before we conclude this edition of The Engine Shed. As mentioned at the start, both of these models are linked to our Collectors Club and offer both members and non-members the chance to see these models in more detail.
The first sample we present is the Club 0-4-0 in Network Rail livery. Announced just over two months ago, these images show the model itself rather than the rendered images we had for the announcement. New members to the Club, as well as those renewing, will receive this model free as part of their membership fee.
The other sample is of the exclusive Club H Class which will soon be dispatched to Club members who placed orders for such a distinctive model. We hope these images whet your appetite ahead of the model which we are sure many of you have been waiting for.
We end this section, and this month’s blog, with a sample article from a recent edition of the Collector Magazine. A recognisable personality on our television screens, the Hornby Collector Club recently spoke to Rob Bell in a fascinating interview. If you would like to read more article like these, and add these locomotives to your collection, be sure to find out more about the Collector Club here.
That concludes another edition of The Engine Shed and brings you up to date with the latest developments at the Hornby office. We will return next month with more news including all the latest samples.
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The Engine Shed team
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