Hornby R1155 Virgin Trains Pendolino 00 Gauge Electric Train Set
- This exciting and dynamic train set features the four-car Virgin Trains Pendolino
- Train incorporates the Alstom branding as well as the instantly recognisable logo of Virgin
- This superb Hornby train easily negotiates the oval of track included and ably shows off its tilting mechanism
- Each drive unit has lights that illuminate in the direction of travel
- Requires 1575 x 1143 mm space (1600 x 1180 mm MidiMat included)
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Virgin's dynamic Pendolino
This exciting and dynamic train set features the four-car Virgin Trains Pendolino and carries the latest livery incorporating the Alstom branding as well as the instantly recognisable Virgin logo. This superb DCC Ready train easily negotiates the oval of track included in this set and ably shows off its accurate tilting mechanism, especially when travelling at speed. Each 'drive' unit has lights that illuminate in the direction of travel.
Virgin Trains Pendolino
The train set includes two Pendolino power cars (one motorised, one not), a standard buffet coach and a standard open coach. The locomotive is operated using the R8250 Train Controller provided. Each 'drive' unit has lights that illuminate in the direction of travel.
Virgin Trains Class 390 Pendolino power car (motorised)
Virgin Trains Class 390 Pendolino power car (non-motorised)
Virgin Trains Class 390 standard buffet coach (non-functioning pantograph)
Virgin Trains Class 390 standard open coach
R8250 Train Controller
The track circuit sits easily on the 1600 mm x 1180 mm MidiMat and by adding Hornby Track Packs and Accessories Packs can soon be developed into a very effective model railway layout. Extend your set in easy steps by adding Track Packs and TrakMat Accessory Packs all the way to the full layout pictured on your MidiMat.
3rd Radius Starter Oval
Track Pack A
P9200 Wall Plug Transformer
R8206 Power Track
Hornby MidiMat (1600 x 1180 mm)
Easily extend your layout with TrackMat Accessory packs available separately
Why choose a Hornby Analogue train set?
Hornby's analogue sets represent the classic origins of Hornby's world famous model trains. In addition to track, a controller and an exquisitely detailed locomotive with carriages every Hornby set includes a Midimat (a pictorial bird's eye view of a fully sceniced layout) providing the new set owner the opportunity of seeing how by the addition of Hornby Track and Building packs a superb layout can be created.
Fill out your MidiMat with additional Track and Building Packs
The track circuit in this set can be extended to fully complete the included MidiMat which, with additional Hornby Track and Building packs, can be simply and quickly built up into a truly fascinating and effective model railway layout.
Additional track packs include R8221 Track Pack A, R8222 Track Pack B, R8223 Track Pack C, R8224 Track Pack D, R8225 Track Pack E and R8226 Track Pack F.
Additional building packs include R8227 Building Pack A, R8228 Building Pack B, R8229 Building Pack C, R8230 Building Pack D and R8231 Building Pack E.
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Top Customer Reviews
The engine and rolling stock exude a certain amount of class, which is exactly what I'd expect from a Hornby product. However, when coupling it all together, for some reason the coach with the pantograph kept derailing on one of the corners, and I couldn't work out why. Maybe the couplers need to be 'bedded' in a little... When I swapped the coaches around so that the pantograph coach wasn't directly behind the powered engine, it fared considerably better. Overall, the set does seem to be quite delicate.
Also, the points and siding supplied are of the wrong radius, and need to be replaced with larger radius items - any attempt to drive the train into the siding will result in a derailment, regardless of the speed at which it's going.
Those two points stop me from giving it a 5 star rating, but I can see it giving my lad hours and hours of joy, so I'm happy too...
As far as Amazon supplying the set, I did order with plenty of time to make it for next day express delivery. Sadly, they didn't despatch on time, but thankfully I managed to persuade the courier to deliver to an alternative address at the weekend.
About the derailment issue, it happens partly because the curve is too sharp for the train to navigate at top speed, but I just think those people tried to get the train excessively fast. The top speed of this model is "equivalent" to 180mph in real life, so it's only normal for it to derail at this speed. My train can travel appreciably fast (2/3 max speed) though the curve without any issue, even that I thought it was a bit too fast. A quick fix to derailment problem is adding more weight towards the middle of the set, as it's the lightest part hence most likely to derail. However it also slows top speed so might as well keep the speed to a safer limit.
Lastly this train is a model not a toy, it requires careful handling and extensive maintenance for it to last, and it's probably not something you'd give to 4 year old's, because most likely they will break it in the first day.
Its a real pain and although hornby offer a modification to the railroad it is not a pretty mod.
for that error I have removed one star as I expected the purchase of all their related products to function together.
I was however rather disappointed with the packaging, which I have never had an issue with in the past from Amazon. This was sent to me in Spain and there was no outer box to protect the Hornby box, no tape over ends to ensure it did not open by accident. However that said, all was inside but box was just a little battered. Thankfully Hornby's polysterene insides are a good thickness for the protection.
I contacted the seller & they suggested an alternative transformer, which might be the solution, but it's poor of Hornby to be selling something so problematic.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very poor quality and falls off the track all the time. Also the controller is faulty and keeps locking up. Very frustrating for my Nephew who it was bought for. Read morePublished 7 months ago by D Mann
Bought this for son's birthday. He loved it. Every part in there. Solid packaging.Published 7 months ago by Kozel_123
Got this for my five year old nephew, and of course he got a go after us adults. Wheels so small,track so small,difficult to even align wheels with track and when we managed it... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of the curved tracks inside the product is not the correct one and does not fit the other tracks rendering the whole product unworkable. Read morePublished 7 months ago by JASON J.
There was no packaging on this at all! A large sticker with our home address was stuck to the product box and it was then left outside in the rain! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Suzanne Ragab
This is a fantastic train but if it is your first set you need to know some things.
It is a very long and fast train, meaning to run properly it needs a larger track... Read more