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There may still be just over two months of 2016 left, but that hasn’t stopped Hornby from an­nounc­ing the first of its 2017 re­lease pro­gramme. First off the blocks is the South Eastern & Chatham Rail­way ‘H’ 0‑4‑4T. The SECR built 66 of these four-cou­pled tank lo­co­mo­tives, drawn up by Harry Wain­wright be­tween 1904 and 1915, and they were a pop­u­lar and en­dur­ing de­sign. Only two were with­drawn be­fore na­tion­al­i­sa­tion, and BR re­tired the last one in 1964. No. 263 is the sole sur­vivor and has been re­stored to full SECR con­di­tion at the Blue­bell Rail­way. So far, Hornby’s de­sign team has pro­duced a 3D-printed test shot of the CAD art­work. How­ever, liveries, prices and an ar­rival date have yet to be con­firmed.

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