09 December 2020
With access to a prototype sample of Hornby's forthcoming A2/2 locomotive, we test its haulage capabilities and running qualities.
"Dear Hornby, please may we..." started the conversation, well, something like that. Knowing that our proof-reader, book reviewer (and occasional layout photographer) Tony Wright – also well-versed in LNER-related locomotive matters – has assisted Hornby with its forthcoming A2/2 locomotive and that decorated samples were displayed, we pulled in a favour.
Tony Wright constructed a OO gauge locomotive of the A2/2 to assist its design engineers as the project commenced and knowing that progress on this project was on-track for delivery this winter, we asked if we could see a pre-production running sample. Please note however, this 'pre-production sample' isn't from the production batch of models, and so isn't necessarily representative of final models.
A more-detailed 'first-look' of this model can be read here, but in the meantime, here's some footage taken of it on-test, performing the duties for which the prototypes were designed...