🚆 Hornby New Tool TT:120 Class 50s Arrive

Posted by Jack Morgan on

Hornby's newly tooled TT:120 scale Class 50 locomotives have now arrived into stock! Two different models are currently available in the range catering for BR large logo blue and GWR heritage green liveried examples.

Both of these models are available either digital ready or pre-fitted with digital sound.

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Product Features

Highly detailed model with separately fitted parts including handrails, wipers, steps, etched grilles, underframe parts and more

Digital & Sound capability - NEXT-18 pin socket

Powerful 5-pole skew wound motor

Intricate livery application & printing

Standard TT:120 couplings

Directional lighting

Prototype Information

The Class 50 locomotives, built by English Electric at the Vulcan Foundry in Newton-le-Willows between 1967-1968 were the last purpose-designed mixed-traffic locomotive built in the UK. 50 examples were built in total. Upon their introduction they were used on the West Coast Main Line (WCML). The aim was to speed-up passenger timings on the then non-electrified portion up to Glasgow, and to haul express passenger trains at 100 mph.

Image by Steve Jones

By 1974, the entire line had been electrified so the locomotives were re-deployed to other regions as had been planned. When delivered, the Class 50s were leased to British Rail by a subsidiary of English Electric. They were later sold to the British Railways Board.

The Class 50s proved to be incredibly powerful, indeed following the full electrification of the WCML and the introduction of more powerful DMUs in the late 1980’s they were almost pointlessly powerful, and they began to be withdrawn as their roles were handed to more efficient DMUs. All examples of the Class were named which was rather unusual for corporate BR diesel locomotives, and in the end 18 examples have been preserved.

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