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Hornby Serco 0-6-0 Diesel Shunter Class 08 - R3049

Hornby Serco 0-6-0 Diesel Shunter Class 08 - R3049

88.99

Hornby R3049
Finish: Pristine
DCC Type: DCC Ready
Livery: Serco
Class: 8
Designer: British Railways
Entered Service: 1953
Motor: 5 Pole Skew Wound
Purpose: Heavy Shunting Duties
Dimensions: 124mm
Special Features: Extensive Detail, NEM Couplings, Sprung Buffers


The Class 08 0-6-0 diesel electric shunter, based on the prototype LMS designs, became the British Railways largest fleet of locomotives. They were built between 1953 and 1962 at Crewe, Darlington, Derby and Doncaster. The fleet (including Class 09) have a single cab at No. 1 end and a nose section which houses the power unit, generator and control equipment. Class 08 shunters, powered by an English Electric 350hp, 6KT engine have a maximum speed of 15-20mph. The design once numbered over 1,000 locomotives with around 300 remaining in service today - still the mainstay of UK shunting power.

The standard Class 08 can still be seen all over the country and are expected to remain in service for many years to come. They carry out a wide range of work including shunting in marshalling yards, shunting depots and short trip workings.


Safety Notice

Detailed scale model. Not suitable for children under the age of 14. Please refer to safety notes in enclosed instruction leaflet. Colours and contents may differ from those illustrated. Please retain these details and the address for future reference.

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Hornby RailRoad BR 4-6-2 'Duke of Gloucester' Class 8 - R3168

Hornby RailRoad BR 4-6-2 'Duke of Gloucester' Class 8 - R3168

82.99

Hornby R3168
RailRoad BR 4-6-2 'Duke of Gloucester' Class 8

Finish: Pristine
DCC Type: DCC Ready
Livery: BR
Class: 8
Wheel Configuration: 4-6-2
Dimensions: 290mm


The aftermath of the disastrous crash at Harrow & Wealdstone in 1952 left a gap in the ranks of 'Pacific' type steam locomotives operated by the London Midland Region of British Railways. ‘Duke of Gloucester’ was designed by Robert A. Riddles who took the opportunity to design a new locomotive based on his earlier Standard 'Britannia' Class 7 4-6-2.

The prototype BR Standard Class 8 locomotive was fitted with British Caprotti valve gear and equipped with three cylinders. Designed at Derby and built at Crewe the locomotive entered traffic in 1954.

Withdrawn in 1962 the locomotive was eventually purchased for preservation in 1974 and underwent 12 years of restoration. In November 1986 the locomotive was officially re-commissioned and returned to the main line in 1990.

During this time the design and construction issues that had dogged the locomotive when in BR ownership were rectified, resulting in a vastly improved performance. After a second overhaul, completed in 2004, No. 71000 returned to the main line. The locomotive is now currently on display at the Crewe Heritage Centre awaiting its third overhaul.


Safety Notice

WARNING Not suitable for children under 36 months. It contains small parts which can present a choking hazard, and some components have functional sharp points and edges. Handle with care. Please refer to the Safety Notes in the main Set Instruction leaflet. Colour and Contents may differ from those illustrated.

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Hornby Esso Bitumen Plymouth 4wDM Sentinel Industrial Shunter - R3179

Hornby Esso Bitumen Plymouth 4wDM Sentinel Industrial Shunter - R3179

55.99

Hornby R3179
Finish: Pristine
DCC Type: DCC Ready
Livery: Esso
Class: Sentinel
Designer: Sentinel
Entered Service: 1963
Purpose: Industrial
Wheel Configuration: 4wDM

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Hornby GWR 4-6-0 'Wellington' Castle Class - GWR Green - Hawksworth Tender - R3105

Hornby GWR 4-6-0 'Wellington' Castle Class - GWR Green - Hawksworth Tender - R3105

139.99

Hornby R3105
Finish: Pristine
DCC Type: DCC Ready
Livery: GWR Green
Class: Castle
Designer: C.B. Collett
Entered Service: 1924
Age Suitability: 14+
Motor: 5 Pole Skew Wound. Loco Drive
Dimensions: 265mm
Special Features: Loco drive, NEM Couplings, Sprung Buffers, Tender Detail


Based on G J Churchward's much earlier 'Star' Class, Great Western Railways 'Castle' Class was developed by Churchward's heir, Charles Collett. The 'Star' had been running over the previous two decades but by 1922 the need for more powerful locomotives was becoming apparent. Charles Collett began adapting Churchward's earlier design, the result being the larger, more powerful 'Castle'. Collett's lack of innovation was met with some criticism although axleweight restrictions in force on the West of England main line between London and Plymouth severely limited his scope for change.

Between 1923 and 1950, 171 Castle Class locomotives were built at the Swindon Works, all but 16 of these were new builds. These 16 locomotives were rebuilds of the Star Class, including 'The Great Bear', the only 4-6-2 owned by GWR. Hailed as the most powerful locomotive on any British railway track, GWR displayed the Class prototype at the 1924 British Empire Exhibition. The locomotive's ability to sustain high speeds and remain economical was enviable. The 'Castles' soon earned a reputation for excellence and reliability, setting a record in 1932 for a 77 mile journey between Swindon and Paddington at an average speed of 81.68mph. At the time, this represented the World Record for steam traction.

In 1947 all existing and new locos were fitted with a four-row superheater. The tender size was increased from 3,500 to 4,000 gallons and the last few of the Class to be built were fitted with Hawksworth flat-sided tenders, which were eventually used throughout the Class. A total of 65 locos were modified over the next few years achieving even better performances by this Class. The appearance of the 'Castles' remained unchanged until 1956, when they were modified to include a double chimney.

Withdrawal began in the early 1950s, ending in 1965. Although all Castle Class locos were destined to be scrapped, eight were saved and are in varying stages of restoration or overhaul. Nunney Castle is operational and main line certified.

Locomotive No. 5075, modelled here, was outshopped on the 31st August 1938 from the GWR Swindon Works and was originally named 'Devizes Castle' but was renamed as 'Wellington' in October 1940. It was withdrawn from Shed 84A Wolverhampton, Stafford Road on the 30th September 1962 and cut up by Cashmores of Newport on the 31st December that same year.


Safety Notice

Detailed scale model. Not suitable for children under 14 years. Please refer to safety notes in enclosed instruction leaflet. Colours and contents may differ from those illustrated. Please retain these details and the address for future reference.

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Hornby LNER 4-6-2 Class A3 'Flying Scotsman' - R3099

Hornby LNER 4-6-2 Class A3 'Flying Scotsman' - R3099

144.99

Hornby R3099
Finish: Pristine
DCC Type: DCC Ready
Class: A3
Designer: Sir Nigel Gresley
Entered Service: 1923
Motor: 5 Pole Skew Wound. Loco Drive
Purpose: Express Passenger
Wheel Configuration: 4-6-2
Special Features: Brake rods, Extensive Detail, Fixed cartazzi wheel assembly, Loco drive, NEM Couplings, Sprung Buffers, Tender Detail


A beacon of modern achievement, Flying Scotsman represents a Golden Age of British ingenuity and evokes the glamour, elegance and romance of the Art Deco period. The locomotive was acquired by the National Railway Museum in 2004 and forms part of the National Collection.

In 1928, Flying Scotsman was the first steam locomotive to travel non-stop from London to Edinburgh, and the first to break the 100mph speed barrier.

The engine and its exhibition, The Flying Scotsman Story, provide a unique reflection of our social and cultural heritage, offering both Museum visitors and travellers an unrivalled opportunity to experience the power and the passion of this legendary locomotive.

Produced under license for SCMG Enterprises Ltd. Flying Scotsman trademarks ® and designs © SCMGE. Flying Scotsman is a National Railway Museum locomotive. Every purchase supports the museum: www.nrm.org.uk/flyingscotsman


Safety Notice

WARNING! Detailed Scale model. Not suitable for children under 14 years. Please refer to Safety Notes in enclosed instruction leaflet. Colours and Contents may differ from those illustrated. Please retain these details, and the address , for future reference

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Hornby 4-6-2 'Tornado' Peppercorn Class A1 Special Edition - R3098

Hornby 4-6-2 'Tornado' Peppercorn Class A1 Special Edition - R3098

119.99

Hornby R3098
Finish: Pristine
DCC Type: DCC Ready
Class: Peppercorn Class A1
Designer: Arthur H Peppercorn
Entered Service: 1948 (Tornado in 2009)
Motor: 5 Pole Skew Wound. Loco Drive
Wheel Configuration: 4-6-2
Dimensions: 293mm
Special Features: Brake rods, Extensive Detail, Fixed cartazzi wheel assembly, Loco drive, NEM Couplings, Tender Detail


In 1990 a group of like-minded people came together in a belief that they could construct, from new, a Peppercorn Class A1 Pacific locomotive. After a period of nearly 20 years the dream became a reality, when in 2008 locomotive number 60163 'Tornado' moved under its own power. In the relatively short period of time in which 'Tornado' has been in operation, the locomotive has built up an impressive fan base because wherever the locomotive goes huge crowds flock to see this marvel of determination and fortitude.

Since it entered traffic in 2008 'Tornado' has worn various liveries and the model appears wearing British Railways Brunswick Green with the 1956 'Ferret and Dartboard' British Railways logo. Etched nameplates are also provided for application to further enhance the overall appearance of the model.

To find out more about the real 'Tornado' please click here.


Safety Notice

Detailed Scale model. Not suitable for children under 14 years. Please refer to Safety Notes in enclosed instruction leaflet. Colours and Contents may vary from those illustrated. Please retain these details, and the address , for future reference.


Colour and contents of products may vary from those illustrated

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Hornby Tornado Pullman Pack Special Edition - R3093

Hornby Tornado Pullman Pack Special Edition - R3093

149.99

Hornby R3093
DCC Type: DCC Ready
Class: Peppercorn Class A1
Designer: Arthur H Peppercorn
Entered Service: 1948 (Tornado in 2009)
Dimensions: 293mm
Special Features: Interior Detail


Their dream was to build a new Peppercorn Class A1 locomotive, a task that took them nearly 20 years to complete but eventually in 2008 their dream came true when 60163 “Tornado” moved under steam for the first time. This pack is inspired by the numerous special and charter trains that “Tornado” has pulled since 2008. None can be more special than the Pullman charters that bring an air of opulence and nostalgia for those lucky passengers who not only enjoy the exquisite interior of these cars but also the superb cuisine that is offered on such trips.


Safety Notice

Warning! Detailed scale model. Not suitable for children under 14 years. Please refer to safety notes in enclosed instruction leaflet. Colours and contents may differ from those illustrated. Please retain these details and the address for future reference.

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Hornby LNER 2-8-0 Class O1 - LNER - R3088X

Hornby LNER 2-8-0 Class O1 - LNER - R3088X

142.75

Hornby R3088X
Finish: Pristine
DCC Type: DCC Fitted
Class: 1
Designer: E.Thompson
Entered Service: 1944
Motor: 5 Pole Skew Wound
Purpose: Heavy Freight
Special Features: Extensive Detail, Loco drive, NEM Couplings, Sprung Buffers


The Thompson Class O1 locomotive was introduced in 1944 as a re-build of the Great Central Railway (GCR) Class 8K 2-8-0 heavy freight locomotive designed by John George Robinson in 1911. Robinson was a Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the GCR Gorton Works, Manchester from 1902 until he was succeeded by Nigel Gresley in 1922.

The 2-8-0 configuration quickly became the standard for heavy freight steam locomotives in the early part of the 20th Century. A total of 521 Class 8Ks were built, 130 at GCR Gorton Works, Manchester and the remainder built by other companies. The Class was adopted by the Railways Operating Department during WWI for use in Europe.

In 1923 the GCR was merged with the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway to form the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) and the locomotive was re-classified as LNER Class O4.

Following the sudden death of Sir Nigel Gresley in 1941, Edward Thompson was appointed as CME to the LNER where he immediately started a badly needed programme of reform and standardisation, discarding many of his predecessor’s designs and methods.

Due to wartime restrictions on the building of new locomotives it was decided to rebuild some on the Class O4s to meet the need for heavy freight locomotives. A total of 58 were rebuilt between 1944 and 1949, and re-classified as Thompson Class O1, the last being number 63856 in October 1949 for the newly nationalised British Railways (BR).

The main modifications to the original GCR Class 8K design was the incorporation of a standard LNER 100A boiler, Walschaerts valve gear and new cylinders. It weighed 73 tons 6 cwt plus a tender of 48 tons 6 cwt.

The locomotives passed to BR Eastern and North Eastern Regions on the 1st January 1948 and were given BR running numbers in the range of 63570-63920. However, this range included many unrebuilt O4s. Withdrawal of the Class began in the late 1950s with the final withdrawals from the Doncaster area in April 1966.

The locomotive represented here, LNER No. 3755 was outshopped as a Robinson Class O4 from GCR Gorton Works in December 1917 and rebuilt in October 1944 when it was re-numbered as 6578. On passing to BR in 1948 it was re-numbered yet again as 63755 and was finally withdrawn from service in November 1962.

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Hornby RailRoad LNER 4-6-2 "Flying Scotsman" A1 Class - R3086

Hornby RailRoad LNER 4-6-2

79.99

Hornby R3086
Finish: Pristine
DCC Type: DCC Ready
Livery: LNER
Dimensions: 293mm
Special Features: Loco drive

RailRoad LNER 4-6-2 "Flying Scotsman" A1 Class

Safety Notice

WARNING. Not suitable for children under 36 months. It contains small parts which can present a choking hazard., and some components have functional sharp points and edges. Handle with care. Please refer to the Safety Notes in the main set instruction leaflet. Colour and Contents may differ from those illustrated. Please retain these details and the address for future reference.

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Hornby BR Sub-Sector Co-Co Diesel Electric Class 56 'Richard Trevithick' - R3052

Hornby BR Sub-Sector Co-Co Diesel Electric Class 56 'Richard Trevithick' - R3052

136.99

Hornby R3052
Finish: Pristine
DCC Type: DCC Ready
Livery: Railfreight
Class: 56
Designer: Electroputere, Romania; BREL, Doncaster & Crewe
Entered Service: 1976
Detail: Twin bogie drive, Turning fans
Motor: 5 Pole Skew Wound
Purpose: Freight
Wheel Configuration: Co-Co
Dimensions: 254mm
Special Features: All-wheel pickups

BR Sub-Sector Co-Co Diesel Electric Class 56 'Richard Trevithick'


Safety Notice

Detailed scale model. Not suitable for children under 14 years. Please refer to safety notes in enclosed instructions leaflet. Colours and contents may differ from those illustrated. Please retain these details and the address for future reference.


Colour and contents of products may vary from those illustrated

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SECURE ONLINE SHOPPING - ALL MAIN CARDS & PAYPAL ACCEPTED

Berkshire Hornby Stockists
Huge range in stock

New in - remote control models, tanks,cars and helicopters with on-board video cameras. Craft and beading sets. Birthday present ideas and pocket money toys.

Custom Built Dolls Houses - we can supply built to your own designs from a photograph or drawings and ready decorated with lighting to your own specifications - please enquire.

We have model railway for all ages from Thomas and Chuggington to a wide range of Hornby, Peco Piko and Bachmann. Lots of train sets coming into stock - and we have a great secondhand section too.
Berkshire Hornby Stockists
VISIT OUR SHOP

VISIT OUR SHOP

The Berkshire Dollshouse Company is based at The Old Fire Station, 9 Wargrave Road, Twyford, Berkshire, RG10 9NY. We're open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm (4pm Sundays).

You will find us just a 5 minute walk from the railway station (around 30 minutes from Paddington and 7 minutes from Reading). We are situated opposite the bowling green and the Waitrose car park, where there is free parking.

Our large modern shop has plenty of room for us to display an increased amount of stock. New stock continually arriving. Easy to find and easy to access - the entrance is wide and wheelchair friendly - you can't miss us - look for the soldiers outside!

Watch out for details of our special events.

We supply a comprehensive range of leading dolls houses and accessories from a variety of manufacturers, including a selection of local handcrafted items.

We are a family run business with over twenty five years experience, dedicated to providing a quality service to all our customers, whether that is custom building to your own specifications or offering free advice to self-builders.

Our web-site features a selection of our products in our Online Shop that should give you a feel for the items we stock in store. We carry a vast stock in our shop, so if you can't find what you are looking for online please call us on
0118 934 3700


If you're unable to visit us in person

OUR ONLINE SHOP IS NOW OPEN
However if you do not see what you are looking for, please phone us - we're adding stuff to the site but have thousands more items in stock in our shop!

WE NOW HAVE A MODELS DEPARTMENT

WE NOW HAVE A MODELS DEPARTMENT

Our very own 'Model Mecca' houses an extensive collection of models. We carry a large array of new OO and N and G gauge railways, including Hornby, Peco, Bachmann, Piko and Kato. We also offer an ever-expanding range of pre-owned items (we buy good quality used railway stock for cash or part exchange), Airfix model kits, scale model cars, Scalextric, Corgi, radio controlled vehicles, various glues, Humbrol paints, (enamels, acrylics and sprays), wood, miniature tools. In addition we have a massive selection of railway scenics such as grass flocking, sands, and solid water - all great for using in other modelling hobbies such as Warhammer and, of course, dolls houses. We also stock a range of craft and beading sets.

IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTICE

Safety Notice:
Our dolls houses and models are for adult collectors, they are not toys, and often comprise small or delicate parts..
Warning: Choking Hazard Not suitable for children under 36 months.

However we do carry a range for children in our Childrens Toy Section section, please observe the recommended age ranges.

TOYS FOR THE CHILDRENTOYS FOR THE CHILDREN
We also have a large collection of Thomas the Tank Engine wooden railway trains, track and accessories as well as the newly popular Chuggington die cast range: great for a special present or a weekend treat. We also stock Le Toy Van and a range of dolls houses, furniture and accessories suitable for children. For horse and pony lovers we are Breyer stockists and carry both stables and the horses, ponies and stableyard accessories.

Best Selling Items

Oak House

Oak House

134.99

This magnificent Tudor House offers 7 room accommodation, with accurate detailing such as the exterior chimney breast, and exterior wooden beams. This house is easily accessible with a wide hall and stairwell plus front and roof opening. Beautifully finished and of strong construction, this kit comes complete with stair railings, banisters and newel posts.

Overall sizes (W x D x H)
800 x 375 x 640mm (31.5 x 14.75 x 25.25 inches)

Rooms
1st and 2nd floors are identical featuring:
1 room @ 260 x 350 x 195mm (10.25 x 13.75 x 7.75 inches)
1 room @ 275 x 350 x 195mm (10.75 x 13.75 x 7.75 inches)
The hall/stairwell is 150mm (6 inches) wide.
The attic has two further rooms which have the same dimensions but with a sloping ceiling.

Decorating
It is recommended that the carcass is decorated before the beams are attached.
The beams should be stained or painted before gluing on (these beams can be distressed with a knife for a more realistic effect).
(Please note contents, people, furnishings etc not included)
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Outside toilet - wooden

Outside toilet - wooden

24.95

Wooden outside toilet
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Sophie's House

Sophie's House

99.95

This classic 3 storey dolls house comes fully painted and decorated, and is easy to assemble, with glittery scalloped roof, a front porch and a floral motif.
This wooden house comes complete with a staircase, a loft ladder and opening shutters and windows.
(Dolls sold separately.)

3 years+

D350mm W610mm H670mm

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Breyer 3 Horse Stable

Breyer 3 Horse Stable

24.99

In 1:12 scale, this adorable, easy-to-assemble stable-block is the perfect place to stable your Breyer Classics® horses. Features a pink roof and windows plus doors that swing open and closed. Supplied with a blue and white plank jump. Horse and accessories not included.

Dimensions: L 406mm x W 76mm x H 317mm

Suitablke for age 4+
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New Products

Hornby Serco 0-6-0 Diesel Shunter Class 08 - R3049

Hornby Serco 0-6-0 Diesel Shunter Class 08 - R3049

88.99

Hornby R3049
Finish: Pristine
DCC Type: DCC Ready
Livery: Serco
Class: 8
Designer: British Railways
Entered Service: 1953
Motor: 5 Pole Skew Wound
Purpose: Heavy Shunting Duties
Dimensions: 124mm
Special Features: Extensive Detail, NEM Couplings, Sprung Buffers


The Class 08 0-6-0 diesel electric shunter, based on the prototype LMS designs, became the British Railways largest fleet of locomotives. They were built between 1953 and 1962 at Crewe, Darlington, Derby and Doncaster. The fleet (including Class 09) have a single cab at No. 1 end and a nose section which houses the power unit, generator and control equipment. Class 08 shunters, powered by an English Electric 350hp, 6KT engine have a maximum speed of 15-20mph. The design once numbered over 1,000 locomotives with around 300 remaining in service today - still the mainstay of UK shunting power.

The standard Class 08 can still be seen all over the country and are expected to remain in service for many years to come. They carry out a wide range of work including shunting in marshalling yards, shunting depots and short trip workings.


Safety Notice

Detailed scale model. Not suitable for children under the age of 14. Please refer to safety notes in enclosed instruction leaflet. Colours and contents may differ from those illustrated. Please retain these details and the address for future reference.

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Hornby RailRoad BR 4-6-2 'Duke of Gloucester' Class 8 - R3168

Hornby RailRoad BR 4-6-2 'Duke of Gloucester' Class 8 - R3168

82.99

Hornby R3168
RailRoad BR 4-6-2 'Duke of Gloucester' Class 8

Finish: Pristine
DCC Type: DCC Ready
Livery: BR
Class: 8
Wheel Configuration: 4-6-2
Dimensions: 290mm


The aftermath of the disastrous crash at Harrow & Wealdstone in 1952 left a gap in the ranks of 'Pacific' type steam locomotives operated by the London Midland Region of British Railways. ‘Duke of Gloucester’ was designed by Robert A. Riddles who took the opportunity to design a new locomotive based on his earlier Standard 'Britannia' Class 7 4-6-2.

The prototype BR Standard Class 8 locomotive was fitted with British Caprotti valve gear and equipped with three cylinders. Designed at Derby and built at Crewe the locomotive entered traffic in 1954.

Withdrawn in 1962 the locomotive was eventually purchased for preservation in 1974 and underwent 12 years of restoration. In November 1986 the locomotive was officially re-commissioned and returned to the main line in 1990.

During this time the design and construction issues that had dogged the locomotive when in BR ownership were rectified, resulting in a vastly improved performance. After a second overhaul, completed in 2004, No. 71000 returned to the main line. The locomotive is now currently on display at the Crewe Heritage Centre awaiting its third overhaul.


Safety Notice

WARNING Not suitable for children under 36 months. It contains small parts which can present a choking hazard, and some components have functional sharp points and edges. Handle with care. Please refer to the Safety Notes in the main Set Instruction leaflet. Colour and Contents may differ from those illustrated.

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Hornby Esso Bitumen Plymouth 4wDM Sentinel Industrial Shunter - R3179

Hornby Esso Bitumen Plymouth 4wDM Sentinel Industrial Shunter - R3179

55.99

Hornby R3179
Finish: Pristine
DCC Type: DCC Ready
Livery: Esso
Class: Sentinel
Designer: Sentinel
Entered Service: 1963
Purpose: Industrial
Wheel Configuration: 4wDM

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Hornby GWR 4-6-0 'Wellington' Castle Class - GWR Green - Hawksworth Tender - R3105

Hornby GWR 4-6-0 'Wellington' Castle Class - GWR Green - Hawksworth Tender - R3105

139.99

Hornby R3105
Finish: Pristine
DCC Type: DCC Ready
Livery: GWR Green
Class: Castle
Designer: C.B. Collett
Entered Service: 1924
Age Suitability: 14+
Motor: 5 Pole Skew Wound. Loco Drive
Dimensions: 265mm
Special Features: Loco drive, NEM Couplings, Sprung Buffers, Tender Detail


Based on G J Churchward's much earlier 'Star' Class, Great Western Railways 'Castle' Class was developed by Churchward's heir, Charles Collett. The 'Star' had been running over the previous two decades but by 1922 the need for more powerful locomotives was becoming apparent. Charles Collett began adapting Churchward's earlier design, the result being the larger, more powerful 'Castle'. Collett's lack of innovation was met with some criticism although axleweight restrictions in force on the West of England main line between London and Plymouth severely limited his scope for change.

Between 1923 and 1950, 171 Castle Class locomotives were built at the Swindon Works, all but 16 of these were new builds. These 16 locomotives were rebuilds of the Star Class, including 'The Great Bear', the only 4-6-2 owned by GWR. Hailed as the most powerful locomotive on any British railway track, GWR displayed the Class prototype at the 1924 British Empire Exhibition. The locomotive's ability to sustain high speeds and remain economical was enviable. The 'Castles' soon earned a reputation for excellence and reliability, setting a record in 1932 for a 77 mile journey between Swindon and Paddington at an average speed of 81.68mph. At the time, this represented the World Record for steam traction.

In 1947 all existing and new locos were fitted with a four-row superheater. The tender size was increased from 3,500 to 4,000 gallons and the last few of the Class to be built were fitted with Hawksworth flat-sided tenders, which were eventually used throughout the Class. A total of 65 locos were modified over the next few years achieving even better performances by this Class. The appearance of the 'Castles' remained unchanged until 1956, when they were modified to include a double chimney.

Withdrawal began in the early 1950s, ending in 1965. Although all Castle Class locos were destined to be scrapped, eight were saved and are in varying stages of restoration or overhaul. Nunney Castle is operational and main line certified.

Locomotive No. 5075, modelled here, was outshopped on the 31st August 1938 from the GWR Swindon Works and was originally named 'Devizes Castle' but was renamed as 'Wellington' in October 1940. It was withdrawn from Shed 84A Wolverhampton, Stafford Road on the 30th September 1962 and cut up by Cashmores of Newport on the 31st December that same year.


Safety Notice

Detailed scale model. Not suitable for children under 14 years. Please refer to safety notes in enclosed instruction leaflet. Colours and contents may differ from those illustrated. Please retain these details and the address for future reference.

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Hornby LNER 4-6-2 Class A3 'Flying Scotsman' - R3099

Hornby LNER 4-6-2 Class A3 'Flying Scotsman' - R3099

144.99

Hornby R3099
Finish: Pristine
DCC Type: DCC Ready
Class: A3
Designer: Sir Nigel Gresley
Entered Service: 1923
Motor: 5 Pole Skew Wound. Loco Drive
Purpose: Express Passenger
Wheel Configuration: 4-6-2
Special Features: Brake rods, Extensive Detail, Fixed cartazzi wheel assembly, Loco drive, NEM Couplings, Sprung Buffers, Tender Detail


A beacon of modern achievement, Flying Scotsman represents a Golden Age of British ingenuity and evokes the glamour, elegance and romance of the Art Deco period. The locomotive was acquired by the National Railway Museum in 2004 and forms part of the National Collection.

In 1928, Flying Scotsman was the first steam locomotive to travel non-stop from London to Edinburgh, and the first to break the 100mph speed barrier.

The engine and its exhibition, The Flying Scotsman Story, provide a unique reflection of our social and cultural heritage, offering both Museum visitors and travellers an unrivalled opportunity to experience the power and the passion of this legendary locomotive.

Produced under license for SCMG Enterprises Ltd. Flying Scotsman trademarks ® and designs © SCMGE. Flying Scotsman is a National Railway Museum locomotive. Every purchase supports the museum: www.nrm.org.uk/flyingscotsman


Safety Notice

WARNING! Detailed Scale model. Not suitable for children under 14 years. Please refer to Safety Notes in enclosed instruction leaflet. Colours and Contents may differ from those illustrated. Please retain these details, and the address , for future reference

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Hornby 4-6-2 'Tornado' Peppercorn Class A1 Special Edition - R3098

Hornby 4-6-2 'Tornado' Peppercorn Class A1 Special Edition - R3098

119.99

Hornby R3098
Finish: Pristine
DCC Type: DCC Ready
Class: Peppercorn Class A1
Designer: Arthur H Peppercorn
Entered Service: 1948 (Tornado in 2009)
Motor: 5 Pole Skew Wound. Loco Drive
Wheel Configuration: 4-6-2
Dimensions: 293mm
Special Features: Brake rods, Extensive Detail, Fixed cartazzi wheel assembly, Loco drive, NEM Couplings, Tender Detail


In 1990 a group of like-minded people came together in a belief that they could construct, from new, a Peppercorn Class A1 Pacific locomotive. After a period of nearly 20 years the dream became a reality, when in 2008 locomotive number 60163 'Tornado' moved under its own power. In the relatively short period of time in which 'Tornado' has been in operation, the locomotive has built up an impressive fan base because wherever the locomotive goes huge crowds flock to see this marvel of determination and fortitude.

Since it entered traffic in 2008 'Tornado' has worn various liveries and the model appears wearing British Railways Brunswick Green with the 1956 'Ferret and Dartboard' British Railways logo. Etched nameplates are also provided for application to further enhance the overall appearance of the model.

To find out more about the real 'Tornado' please click here.


Safety Notice

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Hornby Tornado Pullman Pack Special Edition - R3093

Hornby Tornado Pullman Pack Special Edition - R3093

149.99

Hornby R3093
DCC Type: DCC Ready
Class: Peppercorn Class A1
Designer: Arthur H Peppercorn
Entered Service: 1948 (Tornado in 2009)
Dimensions: 293mm
Special Features: Interior Detail


Their dream was to build a new Peppercorn Class A1 locomotive, a task that took them nearly 20 years to complete but eventually in 2008 their dream came true when 60163 “Tornado” moved under steam for the first time. This pack is inspired by the numerous special and charter trains that “Tornado” has pulled since 2008. None can be more special than the Pullman charters that bring an air of opulence and nostalgia for those lucky passengers who not only enjoy the exquisite interior of these cars but also the superb cuisine that is offered on such trips.


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Hornby LNER 2-8-0 Class O1 - LNER - R3088X

Hornby LNER 2-8-0 Class O1 - LNER - R3088X

142.75

Hornby R3088X
Finish: Pristine
DCC Type: DCC Fitted
Class: 1
Designer: E.Thompson
Entered Service: 1944
Motor: 5 Pole Skew Wound
Purpose: Heavy Freight
Special Features: Extensive Detail, Loco drive, NEM Couplings, Sprung Buffers


The Thompson Class O1 locomotive was introduced in 1944 as a re-build of the Great Central Railway (GCR) Class 8K 2-8-0 heavy freight locomotive designed by John George Robinson in 1911. Robinson was a Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the GCR Gorton Works, Manchester from 1902 until he was succeeded by Nigel Gresley in 1922.

The 2-8-0 configuration quickly became the standard for heavy freight steam locomotives in the early part of the 20th Century. A total of 521 Class 8Ks were built, 130 at GCR Gorton Works, Manchester and the remainder built by other companies. The Class was adopted by the Railways Operating Department during WWI for use in Europe.

In 1923 the GCR was merged with the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway to form the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) and the locomotive was re-classified as LNER Class O4.

Following the sudden death of Sir Nigel Gresley in 1941, Edward Thompson was appointed as CME to the LNER where he immediately started a badly needed programme of reform and standardisation, discarding many of his predecessor’s designs and methods.

Due to wartime restrictions on the building of new locomotives it was decided to rebuild some on the Class O4s to meet the need for heavy freight locomotives. A total of 58 were rebuilt between 1944 and 1949, and re-classified as Thompson Class O1, the last being number 63856 in October 1949 for the newly nationalised British Railways (BR).

The main modifications to the original GCR Class 8K design was the incorporation of a standard LNER 100A boiler, Walschaerts valve gear and new cylinders. It weighed 73 tons 6 cwt plus a tender of 48 tons 6 cwt.

The locomotives passed to BR Eastern and North Eastern Regions on the 1st January 1948 and were given BR running numbers in the range of 63570-63920. However, this range included many unrebuilt O4s. Withdrawal of the Class began in the late 1950s with the final withdrawals from the Doncaster area in April 1966.

The locomotive represented here, LNER No. 3755 was outshopped as a Robinson Class O4 from GCR Gorton Works in December 1917 and rebuilt in October 1944 when it was re-numbered as 6578. On passing to BR in 1948 it was re-numbered yet again as 63755 and was finally withdrawn from service in November 1962.

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Hornby RailRoad LNER 4-6-2 "Flying Scotsman" A1 Class - R3086

Hornby RailRoad LNER 4-6-2

79.99

Hornby R3086
Finish: Pristine
DCC Type: DCC Ready
Livery: LNER
Dimensions: 293mm
Special Features: Loco drive

RailRoad LNER 4-6-2 "Flying Scotsman" A1 Class

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WARNING. Not suitable for children under 36 months. It contains small parts which can present a choking hazard., and some components have functional sharp points and edges. Handle with care. Please refer to the Safety Notes in the main set instruction leaflet. Colour and Contents may differ from those illustrated. Please retain these details and the address for future reference.

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Hornby BR Sub-Sector Co-Co Diesel Electric Class 56 'Richard Trevithick' - R3052

Hornby BR Sub-Sector Co-Co Diesel Electric Class 56 'Richard Trevithick' - R3052

136.99

Hornby R3052
Finish: Pristine
DCC Type: DCC Ready
Livery: Railfreight
Class: 56
Designer: Electroputere, Romania; BREL, Doncaster & Crewe
Entered Service: 1976
Detail: Twin bogie drive, Turning fans
Motor: 5 Pole Skew Wound
Purpose: Freight
Wheel Configuration: Co-Co
Dimensions: 254mm
Special Features: All-wheel pickups

BR Sub-Sector Co-Co Diesel Electric Class 56 'Richard Trevithick'


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