Hornby Beattles Yellow Submarine 03/03/2020

Probably the most eye-catching livery that featured in Hornby's 2020 range announcement was that applied to the Class 373/1 Eurostar models in the R1253M Train Set, the R3829 Train Pack and the two R40001 Coach Packs, based on scenes from The Beatles’ film ‘Yellow Submarine’.

New artwork has been released which shows both sides of both power cars and coaches.

Expected release date is Summer 2020.

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Marking Eurostar’s first use of the Class 373 for an external agency marketing campaign, on 8 September 1999 the surviving Beatles; Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison, along with the Apple Corporation, transformed Sets 3005/3006 with a vinyl wrap that recreated scenes from ‘Yellow Submarine’ for just one of the promotional events that marked the release of the remixed CD album that Autumn, along with the remastered version of the film that was being released in cinemas and on video. Costing in excess of £100,000, the artwork was the result of four months intensive work by Apple Corporation's Art Director, Fiona Andreanelli, with the finished vinyl artwork taking two weeks to print and a further six days to apply to the train. At over 400 metres in length, each carriage portrayed a different design, telling a different part of the Yellow Submarine story. To the accompaniment of a Jazz band playing ‘Yellow Submarine’, Sets 3005/3006 departed Waterloo on the official launch, much to the surprise of passengers booked on the service, which was a normal departure rather than a dedicated press charter, due to industrial action at the time.