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Hornby R3130XS BR 'Holland Afrika Line' Merchant Navy Class 00 Gauge DCC Fitted Sound Steam Locomotive

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  • 00 gauge
  • Livery: BR pristine
  • Designer: ;Entered service/ no. built:
  • DCC sound fitted
  • Motor: 5 pole skew wound
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Technical Details
Item Weight662 g
Product Dimensions36.4 x 11.4 x 6 cm
Manufacturer recommended age:14 years and up
Item model numberR3130XS
Engine Typeelectric
Track Width/GaugeOO
Batteries Required?No
Batteries Included?No
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Best Sellers Rank 479,834 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight662 g
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Date First Available19 Jan. 2012

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  • Warning: Not suitable for children under 36 months

Product Description

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The SR Merchant Navy class (originally known as the 21C1 class, and later informally known as Bulleid Pacifics, Spam Cans or Packets), was a class of air-smoothed 4-6-2 Pacific steam locomotives designed for the Southern Railway of the United Kingdom by Oliver Bulleid. The Pacific design was chosen in preference to several others proposed by Bulleid. The first members of the class were constructed during the Second World War, and the last of the 30 locomotives in 1949.

Incorporating a number of new developments in British steam locomotive technology, the design of the Merchant Navy class was among the first to use welding in the construction process; this enabled easier fabrication of components during the austerity of the war and post-war economies. The locomotives featured thermic syphons and Bulleid's innovative, but controversial, chain-driven valve gear. The class members were named after the Merchant Navy shipping lines involved in the Battle of the Atlantic, and latterly those which used Southampton Docks, a publicity masterstroke by the Southern Railway, which operated Southampton Docks during the period.

Due to problems with some of the more novel features of Bulleid's design, all members of the class were rebuilt by British Railways during the late 1950s, losing their air-smoothed casings in the process. The Merchant Navy class operated until the end of Southern steam in July 1967. A third of the class has survived and can be seen on heritage railways throughout Great Britain.

The Holland-Afrika Line entered service in November 1948 and was withdrawn in February 1957, it's BR number 35023. The loco was scrapped at J. Buttigieg, Newport in 1968.

Digital control (DCC) has many advantages over the conventional DC control, however arguably the most dramatic bonus of operating DCC must be the advantages of Operating locomotives fitted with sound. How wonderfully alive can a layout become when sound can be heard from the locomotives? What can be more evocative than the sound of West Country locomotive pulling a full rake of teak coaches, running at full throttle with its whistle blowing as it rushes through a station? Or the sound of coal being shovelled as a Merchant Navy class locomotive sits patiently building up a head of steam ready to move off once the West Country has passed through. All this is possible with Hornby Digital Sound fitted locomotives.

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The Hornby Merchant Navies (MNs) and West Countries (WCs) in mid to late 1950's on rebuilt form are extremely well detailed models up to the usual Hornby super-detailed standard.

The DCC sound is pretty good by factory-fitted chip standards (you can see and hear a demonstration on You Tube by searching for the catalogue number, Hornby R3130XS (MN) or R2997XS (WC)). Whilst the sound certainly adds a new dimension to model railways it's at a premium of about £120 on an engine like this, nearly doubling its recommended retail price, so it's an expensive extra.

My only criticisms of the model is the usual unrealistic gap between engine and tender and the fact that, when viewed from the side, Hornby steam locomotive bodies/buffer beams always sit unrealistically too high over the front wheels of the leading bogies.

This item was last in the Hornby 2012 catalogue with a recommended retail price of £270, which meant that you could easily pick one up new for around £230 and even Ramsey's British Model Trains latest edition only values them at £275 in mint boxed condition (which does not of course mean that you should even pay that price for one). As you can also still buy them new for around £240 in the UK, $360 from the USA or realistically weathered by TMC for only £300, do not pay this second-hand rip-off shyster price of £500 (all but a penny then plus postage), nearly twice the new recommended retail price and more than twice what a used one is worth, demanded here.
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