Happy New Year and welcome to our first blog of 2017…
For me this is an exciting time of the year especially as some of the model railway manufacturers have returned to the tradition of unveiling their plans for the coming months at the beginning of the year, and just four days into January Hornby has not disappointed with a plethora of new ‘OO’ steam and diesel/electric releases planned.
Highlights include previously-announced newly-tooled models of the Stanier ‘Duchess’ 4-6-2, Wainwright ‘H’ 0-4-4T, Class 87 Bo-Bo electric, Class 800 ‘IEP’ multiple units, BR Mk 1 Brake Standard Open (BSO) and First Open (FO) and a GWR ‘Toad’ brake van (HM115), together with a wonderful array of colourful re-issues.
As a Southern modeller, there is much to tempt my wallet this year, with the manufacturer’s imminent air-smoothed Bulleid ‘Merchant Navy’ 4-6-2s, together with firm favourites including ‘Battle of Britain’, ‘West Country’, ‘Q1’, ‘King Arthur’, ‘S15’, ‘M7’, ‘0415’ and new Wainwright ‘H’ 0-4-4Ts on the cards. However, there’s plenty for everyone with an impressive range of 4-6-0s covering new issues of the GWR ‘King’, ‘Castle’ and ‘Grange’, LMS ‘Royal Scot’ and ‘Black Five’ plus the LNER ‘B1’, ‘B12’ and ‘B17’. Happily that isn’t all as there is an attractive list of tank engines too including a new issue of the ‘M7’ and a new version of the highly popular industrial Peckett ‘W4’ 0-4-0ST in black.
With my modern-era hat on, a few models have attracted my attention including a special edition Class 50 (D400) planned to mark the 50th anniversary of the real thing rolling off the English Electric Vulcan Foundry production line. Amongst the contemporary items on offer there’s a GWR green liveried High Speed Train and Class 60 Co-Co in Colas Rail Freight colours – both of which appear particularly striking. Not forgetting a pair of Class 71s – one in plain BR green with small yellow warning panels and one in BR blue with pre-TOPS numbers.
As advocates of digital sound, it is also pleasing to see Hornby’s Twin Track Sound (TTS) range continue to expand with four new main range models, three carryovers from 2016 and three additional RailRoad locomotives joining the roster. I’m certainly looking forward to hearing the new Class 08, 20 and 31 digital sounds.
By now, you’ll have realised that my interests are quite varied, so in terms of rolling stock it is good to see that BR blue and grey livery will appear across Hornby’s latest BR Mk 1 fleet, while a new run of the Maunsell 57ft non-corridor stock in BR maroon and SR malachite green is welcome, as are the new runs of Maunsell corridor vehicles in SR lined olive green and BR carmine and cream and the Collett bow-ended coaches in GWR chocolate and cream and BR maroon.
These, though, are just a small taster of the exciting new products planned for what promises to be another incredible year and you can be sure we’ll be reporting on them as they appear throughout the year.
The February 2017 issue of Hornby Magazine (HM116) features a full preview of Hornby’s 2017 range – on sale January 12 2017. Don’t miss it!
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The new series of blogs from the Hornby Magazine Editorial team give you an insight into the people, the projects and more. Hornby Magazine Assistant Editor Mark Chiver’s next blog will be live on February 3 2017 and you can expect more from Editor Mike Wild on January 20 2017.