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In­tro­duc­ing Hornby’s 2019 range.

Three steam lo­co­mo­tives; one in­dus­trial diesel; four ranges of coaches and two new wag­ons – that’s how Hornby’s Mar­ket­ing & De­vel­op­ment Man­ager Si­mon Kohler has marked his re­turn. Hornby’s 2019 range kick-starts the re­turn to a wider range of prod­ucts and ac­ces­sories, com­ple­mented by a re­turn to its spir­i­tual Mar­gate home. Mr Kohler told Model Rail: “When I re­turned to Hornby much had changed. There was a new build­ing and new sys­tems but a model rail­way range that didn’t seem to have any par­tic­u­lar di­rec­tion. “Like an oil tanker, these things can­not change [di­rec­tion] straight away, and it will take a year or two to work through some of the de­ci­sions made by the pre­vi­ous teams. In many re­spects, there was lit­tle I could do with the 2018 range, but for 2019 I was able to bring some clar­ity and di­rec­tion.” The stand­out fea­ture for the 2019 range is an all-new LMS ‘Princess Royal’. Sir Wil­liam Stanier’s pi­o­neer­ing ‘Pa­cific’ of 1933 should re­ceive the same treat­ment as the ‘Princess Corona­tion’ (see p104). Hornby’s de­sign team vis­ited the Princess Royal Class Lo­co­mo­tive Trust’s HQ at Mid­land Rail­way – But­ter­ley in 2018 to study pre­served No. 6201 Princess El­iz­a­beth (the other pre­served ‘Princess’, No. 46203 Princess Mar­garet Rose, is also based there). Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of its Peck­ett 0-4-0ST and Sen­tinel diesel shunter, Hornby is to of­fer two new in­dus­tri­als. Calls for a six-cou­pled in­dus­trial steam lo­co­mo­tive have been an­swered by the Peck­ett ‘B2’ 0-6-0ST. The Bris­tol lo­co­mo­tive builder in­tro­duced this de­sign circa 1914. The Rus­ton & Hornsby ‘48DS’ 4WDM was one of the small­est and cheap­est stan­dard gauge lo­co­mo­tives money could buy. The de­sign orig­i­nated in a lo­co­mo­tive built for Heinz in 1936 and they con­tin­ued in pro­duc­tion un­til the 1960s. Ow­ing to the model’s short wheel­base, it will come with a ‘Con­flat’ wagon fit­ted with ad­di­tional pick-ups, al­though you may find that your Rus­ton will nav­i­gate your points on its own with­out any dif­fi­culty. Hornby will go head-to-head with Dapol and Bach­mann with two items in its 2019 range. Hornby is to re­place the old Air­fix GWR ‘Large Prairie’ with an all-new ver­sion that, like Dapol’s un­der-de­vel­op­ment model (MR244), will cover ‘5101’ and ‘61XX’ vari­ants of Col­lett’s 1929 2-6-2T. The launch of an all-new Mk 2f is an even more sur­pris­ing de­vel­op­ment. Hornby will only pro­duce First Open, Brake Sec­ond Open and Tourist Sec­ond Open Mk 2fs but the mod­els will be nearly £20 cheaper than Bach­mann’s new model (MR254). How­ever, two fur­ther range of coaches will com­ple­ment new mod­els from other man­u­fac­tur­ers. Hornby is to de­velop an all-new Mk 3 but with the plug doors now fit­ted to Scotrail, Cross­coun­try and GWR HSTS, whereas Oxford Rail is only of­fer­ing slam-door Mk 3s. Hornby’s new 59ft Bulleid coaches should com­ple­ment the 63ft type cur­rently be­ing de­vel­oped by Bach­mann. Hornby’s new mod­els com­prise Cor­ri­dor Com­pos­ite and Cor­ri­dor Brake Thirds to Di­a­grams 2121 and 2316, in­tro­duced in 1945/46. The fi­nal new coach range fol­lows Hornby’s fa­mil­iar pat­tern of of­fer­ing ‘top link’ coaches, be­fore fill­ing in the gaps with some non-gang­way types. New for 2019 are the GWR 57ft Di­a­gram 98 Brake Third of 1925 and 57ft Dia. E131 Brake Com­pos­ite of 1927. Hornby’s el­derly LMS 20t brake van, an ex-air­fix model, is to be re­placed by an all-new ver­sion. Fi­nally, Hornby’s ex­ten­sive range of South­ern Re­gion mod­els will be joined by an LSWR brake van. It will pro­duce the 20t brake van (Di­a­gram 1543) de­signed by Sur­rey Warner in 1915. These 75 ve­hi­cles were orig­i­nally rated at 20t but were up­graded to 24t by the South­ern Rail­way.

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