"Dave Horn"
On holiday in Summer 1976
Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,968
Helpful votes received on reviews: 82% (627 of 764)
Location: Ellington Village, Northumberland, GB


Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,968 - Total Helpful Votes: 627 of 764
Hornby R3103 BR Bittern - Double Tender 00 Gauge S&hellip by Hornby
An A4 in preserved condition to add to and run on a modern layout - what more could an enthusiast want? A chime whistle would be nice for a start and I do think Hornby should have fitted DCC sound to this A4.

They didn't but never mind, it's a lovely model. I remember seeing the original in the mid-1960's at Aberdeen (Ferryhill) shed, code 61B (as actually appears on the front between the buffers on this model) and at Newcastle Central on a special in 1966 along with 60024 “Kingfisher”.

It’s been in Hornby's catalogue since 2012 (and still is) described as a "special edition". A decent price would be nice and you can buy it new direct from Hornby for £150 or… Read more
Hornby R3130XS BR 'Holland Afrika Line' Merchant N&hellip by Hornby
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… Read more
I love these buffet and bar cars. It’s something to do with the combination of railway/model railway enthusiast and real ale drinker (for 60+ years and 40+ years respectively) though real ale has nothing to do with these coaches, real or model, as you could only get cans (tinnies here in the Geordie land of the North East) of beer in them.

This Mark 1 Pullman bar-car "The Nightcap Bar" in British Railways blue and grey livery is basically the same model as Bachmann's "Hadrian Bar" (Eastern Region) in the better known Pullman chocolate and cream livery.

Though I’ve given it a 4* rating as it is a very good model, it isn’t up to the standard of the… Read more