03 November 2022
Re-boxed and updated, Howard Smith and Phil Parker take a first look at this vintage 'The Victorian' train set.
Howard: I've been impressed with Hornby's packaging efforts in recent years. Since its 100th anniversary celebratory efforts – the packaging of which received very favourable reviews in BRM – we've seen further arrivals, all seeking to tap into the nostalgia and hearts of the collector.
If there's something that I really appreciate on a model, it's quality packaging. A sturdy, quality-made box – much like those of yesteryear – makes its contents feel less mass-produced, and more like a collectable to be cherished.
Tugging on the heart-strings of the collector is this newly-boxed train set from Hornby. Supplied in a Tri-ang Railways-inspired sturdy box, lifting the lid feels special. There's no overly-tight creaking thin plastic sleeves in sight, as now employed by most model manufacturers. Here, thin protective films aside, all packaging is card and recyclable.
Contained inside, we find a GWR 4-2-2 ‘Lord of the Isles’ locomotive, two clerestory coaches (a second class and brake third), a 4ft x 3ft 5in starter oval of track, a power clip and uncoupling ramp.
First released in 1961, and subject to many revisions upon subsequent re-releases, this latest iteration sees a higher level of decoration. The locomotive has finer profiled wheelsets, however, its tender retains the larger older-style wheel flanges, preventing it from running on track finer than the Code 100 supplied.
With protective plastic sleeves removed for a better look at the contents inside the box, the livery application on this model is to a very high standard.
Coaches too are more detailed than those of old – the axles fitted to original Tri-ang models being visible through the ends of axleboxes! This is a traditional set has looks of yesteryear, but invites you to take items from the box, set up the track and watch it 'whizz around'!
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