The Mk3 SD Coaches and 'New Vans' Engineering Samples, plus all the latest Decoration Samples
Hello and a very warm welcome to June’s instalment of The Engine Shed – the monthly update on all the latest information from Hornby.
In this edition we take a slight detour from the new tooling projects we have been working through to look at a variety of different models that we have recently received. This means that there are a variety of samples available to view that range from Engineering Samples for the Mk3 SD coaches and the forthcoming ‘New Vans’, to the recently received Decoration Samples for the Coca-Cola Set. Also we will highlight the Class 92 and the Class 43 HSTs.
However, that is not all, following our feature on the Rivarossi ‘Big Boy’ model in April, we have an additional update for those modellers who hold an interest in the Hornby International ranges. We have recently received a Decoration Sample of the new liveried Arnold N Gauge ‘Brighton Belle’ which we are sure you will be pleased to view.
However, before we get started there have been several exciting announcements since the last Engine Shed. Firstly, our Mid-Year Announcement went live on the 29th May. With 14 new releases, including two new ‘Terriers’, we would definitely recommend browsing through if you have not already yet looked at the additions. Coinciding with this announcement we also launched a new YouTube series entitled ‘Signal Box’ – complimenting the information included in Engine Shed. Consequently, if you enjoy watching YouTube videos we would definitely recommend catching up on this new series which saw its second episode go live on Tuesday.
Lastly, on Saturday 8th June we attended the Ramsgate Engineering Depot Open Day at which time a Southeastern Class 395 was officially named ‘Hornby Visitor Centre’ and was a huge honour for everyone here at Hornby. In recognition of this naming we are including in our range a model of the 'Hornby Visitor Centre' Class 395 unit. Due for delivery in early 2020, the R3813 395 013 ‘Hornby Visitor Centre’ Train Pack will be introduced as a special limited run of just 1000 pieces. If you missed the event, we have included a short video made during the naming ceremony.
With the above duly mentioned we can return to the samples and what will be a very image rich edition as we catch you up on all the latest developments of some of the key 2019 models.
British Rail Mk.3SD Coaches
We begin with the Mk3 SD coaches and the Engineering Samples we received a couple of weeks ago. However, as you take a look at these samples there are a number of issues to bring to your attention. As we always mention, samples at this level of development invariably have a few key issues that must be highlighted.
First of all we must point out that the coaches shown are fitted with incorrect wheels. This is quite deliberate but please be assured the correct wheels will be suitably fitted on the next sample run.
There are also differences to be noted with the detailing on several of the coaches. Currently, the detailing poses somewhat of a moving target as the operators using these Mk3 SDs have amended the plans of some of the coaches. However, we have made note of these changes and the tooling will be amended accordingly. Such issues will always occur when producing models of a prototype that is still under development.
With that said, and similar to the other Engineering Samples we will highlight in this Engine Shed the items shown illustrate quite clearly how the new Mk3s are shaping up to be superbly detailed models. More engineering samples will follow in due course.
Warner 20T/24T Goods Brake Van (LSWR ‘New Vans’) and the LMS 20T Brake Van
Just as we have mentioned previously where the Mk3 SD coaches are concerned, these Engineering Samples illustrated here are also at an early stage of development and they therefore still require a degree of refinement. Once again further engineering samples will be shown in a future Engine Shed.
The Coca-Cola Christmas Train Set (R1233)
There have not been many new sets that when announced have been as popular as the R1233 Coca-Cola Christmas Train Set. It is then perhaps no surprise that we wanted to include the fully decorated samples on a suitable seasonal layout. Although we believed that this set would be popular we did not expect that it would receive such a positive reaction and in turn an exceptional order book! Therefore if you plan on adding this set to your collection, or perhaps have it running around the base of your Christmas tree then perhaps the following images may prove inspirational.
As is customary, we must point out that the sample shown is not the final model as there may be some subtle changes in production.
We note that many of you have been keen to catch a glimpse of the forthcoming 2019 models of the Class 92. The subjects are the R3740 'Calendonian Sleeper’, the R3741 GBRf Europorte ‘Debussy’ and R3742F DB Cargo Romanian ‘Mihai Eminescu’. We have recently received the Decoration Samples of each which we are pleased to show you.
Those with keen eyesight will note that a couple of the samples have been supplied without wheels but please be assured we are aware and the finished models will certainly be properly equipped during production. Not all models are sent complete as often the decoration is the primary concern of the engineers at this stage and not necessasily the running. That particular aspect of development comes later.
Taking the above into account, please see the samples as supplied with delivery of the finished models being anticipated in September.
Class 43 HST
The other models many are keen to see are the new Class 43 HSTs in their latest model guises and all are scheduled for availability in 2019. The initial samples illustrated, again without wheels are the R3698 ScotRail and R3696 GWR HST units, with each promising to be equally sought after when they hit the shelves later in the year.
Arnold N Gauge Pullman ‘Brighton Belle’
Following the clear interest in our International ranges expressed from April's edition of The Engine Shed, an opportunity has arisen to feature a model from the Arnold 'N' gauge range which is the ‘Brighton Belle’ (1:148 scale). Certainly in keeping with the theme of June’s edition of the blog, we are showing for the first time a glimpse of the full train. Combining the HN3006 set of 2 coaches and the HN3502 coach pack, these decoration samples offer modellers who have already placed their pre-order a look at what they can expect.
With our international colleagues still hard at work, this ‘Brighton Belle’ is the later post-war version as seen on the track during the 1960s. Following previous successful launches of the pre-war versions, this variant is numbered as 3053 with the yellow “front bib”.
These models are highly detailed including opaque kitchen windows, curtains, printed white tablecloths plus internal lighting. With a silent and powerful 5-pole motor with 2 brass fly wheels, these models represent the pinnacle of British N gauge model design and should you wish to learn more of these exquisite models then please visit the Hornby website.
That concludes another edition of The Engine Shed and brings you up-to-date with all the recent happenings in the Hornby Development department.
Next month we will be bringing to you further development of the Hornby 2019 range but in the meantime do take a look at the Hornby video of the Ramsgate Engineering Depot Open Day and the naming of the Southeastern Class 395 'Hornby Visitor Centre'. It is a day many of us at Hornby will not forget.
The Engine Shed team