29 September 2022
Hornby’s newly-tooled British Rail Mk. 4 rolling stock for OO gauge has arrived – time for a first look?
The Mk. 4 was the final design of high-speed passenger rolling stock to emerge from a British Rail drawing board. Their stressed steel bodyshells were built by British Rail Engineering Limited (BREL) and Società Italiana Ernesto Breda, and vehicles ran on Swiss SIG BT41 bogies with triple disc brakes per axle.
Hornby’s model for 'OO' is dimensionally accurate. Included in an accessory bag are permanent close couplings and continental ‘hook and loop’ types, both to fit the NEM sockets, provided. Tension-lock couplings are fitted as standard.
Though a little simple in design being of a one-piece plastic moulding, the bogies get the job done – they’re not ‘cutting edge’ for detail, but look respectable in a passing train.
Glazing is flush throughout and expertly-applied – I appreciate the design of the window frames which look very realistic. Mould seams are kept to a minimum and carefully hidden – again, a sign of great design.
Included in an accessory bag are permanent close couplings and continental ‘hook and loop’ types, both to fit the NEM sockets, provided. Tension-lock couplings are fitted as standard.
Our initial impressions of the model, below:
Read the full review in the November 2022 issue of BRM. Get your copy when it's out on September 30 digitally, here.