The 15 Guinea Special Train Pack, Era 5

The 15 Guinea Special Train Pack, Era 5


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The ’15 Guinea Special’ was the last mainline passenger train to be hauled by steam traction under British Rail on August 11, 1968 and the preparations for 1T57 were considerable. For the tour, five operational steam locomotives had to be retained on the books until after it was completed and their footplate crews rostered to work with steam for one last time. Behind the scenes, special commemorative tickets and brochures were printed and special 'British Rail runs out of Steam' posters distributed to stations.

1T57 covered 314 miles during its 10¾ hour journey and special stops for the benefit of photographers were made during the first stage at Rainhill, where the original locomotive trials were held by the Liverpool and Manchester Railway in 1829 and at Parkside, where the Rt. Hon. William Huskisson MP was killed in an accident following the opening ceremony of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway on September 15, 1830.

Class 5MT 45110 had started the tour, taking the ten car train from Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Victoria, where 70013 'Oliver Cromwell' was waiting to take 1T57 for the remainder of the journey. Crowds turned out in their hundreds to bid their farewells and local roads were littered with parked vehicles, particularly in the regular 'spotting' locations. Arrival at Carlisle was thirty minutes late, but the locomotive changeover time was reduced, with Class 5MT's 44781 and 44871 replacing, 70013 'Oliver Cromwell' as the tour retraced its route back to Liverpool Lime Street. At Manchester Victoria, Class 5MT 45110 once more took over the train, completing the trip back to Lime Street, where it became the last locomotive in British Rail service to return to its own shed.



  • BR, Standard 7 'Britannia' Class, 4-6-2, 70013 ‘Oliver Cromwell’ - Era 5
  • BR, Mk1 Brake Second Open, E9223 - Era 5
  • BR, Mk1 Tourist Second Open, M4995 - Era 5
  • BR, Mk1 Tourist Second Open, M4933 - Era 5



Hornby is a household name and is famous as the UK's brand leader in the model railway hobby with its high quality 00 gauge (1:76) models and accessories.

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Gauge 00
DCC Type DCC Ready
Period Era 5 (1956 - 1968)
Operator/Livery Late BR, Lined Green/BR Maroon/BR Blue & Grey
Limited Edition Yes
Limited Edition Size 1,000
Designer Robert Riddles
Entered Service 1951
Minimum Curve 2nd Radius + (438mm)
Age Suitability 14+
Motor 5 Pole Skew Wound. Loco Drive

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Guinea Special

I'm only giving this a 4 star due its steep price tag which makes some of it appear old & out of date which i surprising to see these days. 1. i would expected more derailed coaches as I know Hornby are capable for better. 2. the packaging is the worst part of all this, the old polystyrene is ok for the Railroad range but unacceptable for the super detail stuff its out of date & rubbish its the reason the loco i got was damaged parts of the detailing were broken & also cause of the packaging they had to seperate the loco & tender which makes it a hassle if it needs to go back in the box for any reason. otherwise its a good model but it should of been cheaper sorry

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Perfect Engine

It runs so smoothly over my new layout and it looks gorgeous and will soon sound as well as it looks. I've got a Britannia TTS sound decoder coming to give it a 'Voice'. Incidentally I have been 'pulled' by Oliver Cromwell' . It is a standard engine on the Great Central Railway up in Leicestershire. One of the bonuses of moving up here after I retired from the London rat-race.

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oliver cromwell

sorry for this but i have to be a little critical of this engine it would have been a good idea if hornby would have taken a look at R2565 oliver cromwell the nrm special in perfect 15 gn condition ie no lining to cylinders electrical warning signs fitted only to rear of tender and it should have the smaller cab roof ventilaters sorry to be critical but if your portraying a certain time get it right you got it perfect on R2565 you could have this time and by the way the whistle on all brits was angled not straight as you have been doing it on the last 4brits you have produced sorry to be harsh but its so easy to do it right as get in wrong having said that thanks for anzac its nice to get the later tender for a change can i hope for a ex WR brit with the oblong type handholds as so far we only have had one anyway best wishs ill still be buying the brits its easy to bend the whistle to get it right... Read more

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