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 Class 03 - Class 04 - Class 08 - Class 09 - Class 15 - Class 17 - Class 20 - Class 24 - Class 25 - More reviews will be added, please watch this space!

 

 

  

CLASS 03 SHUNTER

The class 03 Shunter, built by British Rail, was a direct descendent of earlier and very similar class 04. Used on similar duties to the 04, the 03 found use as station pilots aswell as being used for shunting duties and light freight duties where larger and heavier shunters where unsuitable. The successful class 03 shunter lasted until 1987 on mainland duties, but soldiered on until 1993 on the Isle Of White. *Interestingly, one example has been reinstated and is currently being used at Hornsey depot by franchise operator First Capital Connect (2010). 

 

 

Mainline Class 03 Shunter

Region; Eastern, Southern & Midland    Era; 1957 - Current*    Use; shunting, and marshalling     Coupling; Tension lock with no NEM  provision    No flush glazing    Not DCC ready

The Mainline class 03 shunter is a great looking model, especially when you take into account that the model is 1980s design. The tooling for this model passed to Bachmann and has proved to be a good base for their class 04 model that is still available new today (2010). At present the Mainline model is the only class 03 available ready to run, and can only be found in the second hand market, although Bachmann will be releasing a brand new model which is due in late 2010 (Or so they say!).

Despite being produced in the 80s, Mainline achieved a very high standard of livery application, when by today's standards other manufacturers were only managing mediocre. This probably had lots to do with low overheads with much of the manufacturing processes taking place in Hong Kong. Mainline's class 03 shunter also features separately fitted detail (albeit in plastic), including head and tail lamps.

Mainline class 03 shunters do look very good even by today's standards but are of limited use on the layout, as the hauling capacity is very poor due to the size of the model. They will however perform light shunting duties quite comfortably. Some have also questioned the longevity of the Mainline motor. 

This little locomotive is essential to any early diesel or BR blue era layout, but for reasons mentioned above the Mainline model is probably best suited as a siding filler. If you think your pocket will allow it, wait for the Bachmann model to arrive in the shops, otherwise you should expect to pick up a used Mainline model for around £15 - £20 mark, which makes this model still an attractive option.

We rate the Mainline class 03 shunter at 6/10.  

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Mainline class 03 - BR blue

 

Mainline class 03 - BR green

 
 

CLASS 04 SHUNTER

The class 04 Shunter was built for British Rail from 1952 by a number of companies that were sub contracted to by Drewery & Co. This shunter was the basis for the later class 03 which is similar in appearance. Class 04s were used on tram based systems in the Eastern and southern Regions aswell as "heavy rail" in marshalling yards and sidings. The class 04 was an early candidate for withdrawal as large amounts of traffic for which these locomotives were ordered for disappeared. By the early 70s all class 04s had been withdrawn from BR service, some going to private industrial ownership and saw many years further service. 

 

   
 

Bachmann Class 04 Shunter

Region; Eastern, Southern & Midland    Era; 1952 - 1971 (later in private industrial use)   Use; shunting, and marshalling     Coupling; Tension lock with no NEM  provision    Flush glazing    Not DCC ready

Bachmann's class 04 shunter is an emanation of Mainline / Palitoy's tooling for their class 03 and has been with us in one guise or another since the 1980s, Bachmanns revamped version was released in 1997.  

This little shunter looks good on the track despite its ancient origins, and has some modern features such as separately fitted handrails and sprung buffers. Other detail worthy of note is the representation of mechanical drive (as opposed to diesel electric / hydraulic) visible between the wheels. 

Livery application  is excellent, much better than the Mainline model that the model is based upon, with printed detail being crisp and legible. The Bachmann class 04 shunter is currently available in 1950s BR black, and BR green liveries and has also been available in green BR with wasp stripes, and BR blue. Most model variants are easily available on the second hand market and sell for around the £20 - £25 mark (Sep 2010), making this a nice little loco for not a lot of money. BR blue models are currently in short supply here and sell for slightly more.

The Bachmann class 04 shunter is very small and light compared to other locomotives, even class 08 shunters, as a result the model has limited hauling capacity on the layout, but it will happily haul enough to represent light yard movements. 

Over all, the reincarnated Bachmann class 04 model is a nice little siding filler, and represents a locomotive type (if you use your imagination and use it as the very similar class 03!) that was once in widespread use in marshalling yards, sidings, and mainline stations. However the model is of limited real use and is in need of further revamping or even a brand new tooling.

We rate this essential BR shunter locomotive at 6.5/10.

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Bachmann class 04 shunter BR green with wasp stripes

 

Bachmann class 04 shunter BR green

 
  CLASS 08 SHUNTER

The class 08 shunter was the most numerous diesel electric locomotive on the British Rail network, with 996 in total being built by various BR work shops between 1953 and 1962. The class 08 shunter was based on a very similar LMS design. Like most shunters, the class 08 was a familiar sight at stations and termini, shunting portions of trains onto the rear of others, and at sidings and marshalling yards performing similar duties there. As of 2010, around 100 locomotives are still giving sterling service on the 'BR' network, working mainly for EWS / DB Schenker, and Freightliner.    

 

   
  Bachmann Class 08 Shunter

Region; All regions    Era; 1953 - present    Use; shunting, and marshalling     Coupling; Tension lock with NEM provision    Flush glazing    DCC ready (Not early models) (DCC fttted available)   

Bachmann introduced its class 08 shunter to their range in 2000. It was a most welcome addition to the ready to run market, filling a big gap in the market for a highly detailed model. Until Bachmann's class 08 model, the only ready to run model was Hornby's very crude 1980s representation.

Detail is very good on this model with a wealth of separately fitted pieces, including hand rails, whistles, and ladders. Metal sprung buffers, metal couplings and pipe work neatly adorns the buffers beams. Models have representations of wooden or metal cab doors according to the locomotive modelled.   

The Bachmann class 08 shunter has been released in a wide array of liveries, all of which are neatly applied with all lettering being fully legible. All main British Rail liveries are available either new or second hand, these include; BR black, BR green with early or late emblem, and BR blue with wasp stripes. Other liveries have been released as limited editions, including; BR Rail Technical Centre (RTC) blue and red livery, Network Southeast, Parcels red and dark grey / black, and departmental grey liveries. Expect to pay a premium in the second hand market for one of the later mentioned examples if you decide you need one. Later era liveries include EWS and Freightliner.

Performance of this little machine is excellent with all wheel pick up meaning no stalling at points, and a five pole motor which is powerful and consistent. Despite the small size of this locomotive, it does manage to haul a reasonable lengthy rake of wagons at a prototypically slow speed.

There are no real issues with the Bachmann class 08 shunter other than the lack of working head and tail lights.

No BR layout from the 50s onwards is complete without a class 08 shunter, they were everywhere and still are seen working hard on the network today. If you have't got one, get one!

This little gem of a model scores a good 8.5 / 10.

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 Bachmann class 08 shunter in BR blue livery with wasp stripes

Bachmann class 08 shunter in EWS livery with wasp stripes

Bachmann class 08 shunter in BR green livery without wasp stripes

 
  Hornby Class 08 Shunter

Region; All regions    Era; 1953 - present    Use; shunting, and marshalling     Coupling; Tension lock with NEM provision    Flush glazing    DCC ready (fitted available)   

   
 

Released in 2005, Hornby's new tooling class 08 shunter was a massive improvement over their previous (still available in Railroad range)  over priced and very crude representation of the widespresd and essential locomotive.

Detail level is immense on this model, even better than Bachmann's excellent model, with everything from wire hand rails to opening cab doors and a sliding roof vent present to make this model shine. Sprung metal buffers and pipe work finish this 08 off nicely.

Hornby have released their class 08 in the most common British Rail liveries, including BR green - with or without wasp stripes, BR blue with wasp stripes, and Railfreight Distribution. Other mainsream liveries released include EWS, and Cotswald Rail. As you would expect from Hornby these days, the livery application and print detail levels are excellent, with all lettering being legible.

The new tooling Hornby class 08 wipes the floor with their old version. All wheel pick up and a decent five pole skew wound motor ensure reliable service over potentially troublesome point work. Gone are the days of "The Hand Of God" helping the shunter around the layout! This little gem will haul anything you could realisticly expect it to.

There are no real issues with this model other than the lack of working head and tail lamps.

Needless to say, the new tooling Hornby class 08 shunter is a lot more expensive than the older tooling version which is still available in the RailRoad range, it is also more expensive than the competing Bachmann version. 

To sum it up, if your pocket will alow it, and the livery you require is available buy a new tooling Hornby model. We rate this marvellous model at 9.5/10.

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 Hornby class 08 in BR blue

 

Hornby class 08 in BR green with wasp stripes

 

Hornby class 08 in EWS livery

 
  CLASS 09 SHUNTER

Class 09 shunters were uprated versions of the more common class 08 machines. Instead of having a top speed of merely 20 MPH, or even 15 MPH in some cases, the 09 had a top speed of 27 MPH. The higher top speed of the 09s meant a lower tractive effort was available, however the higher top speed made them ideal for short freight trip workings along branch lines or short bursts along main lines. For many years the class 09s duties were mainly confined to the Southern Region, but since 'privatisation' they have spread their wings to many other areas of the network.

 

   
  Hornby Class 09 Shunter

Region; All regions    Era; 1959 - present    Use; shunting, and short freight trips     Coupling; Tension lock with NEM provision    Flush glazing    DCC ready (fitted available)

As the class 09 is almost identical to the class 08 in appearance, please see our class 08 review for details on the Hornby class 09.

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Hornby class 09 'Dick Hardy' in departmental grey livery   
 

CLASS 15 

The British Thompson Houston Type 1 diesel locomotives, or class 15 as they became known under TOPS were introduced in 1957 as part of British Rail's modernisation plan "pilot" scheme, with 44 locomotives being built mainly for light "pick up" and empty coaching stock duties. They spent most of their lives in the Eastern Region working from either Stratford, Finsbury Park, or Ipswich depots. Withdrawals begun in 1968, and by 1971 all examples had disappeared from the mainline due to a huge decline in general traffic. Four examples were given grace and were converted to non powered carriage pre-heating units for use at Finsbury Park depot. One locomotive survived into preservation and is currently at the East Lancashire Railway.  

   
 

Heljan Class 15 

Region; London Midland & Eastern Regions    Era; 1957 - 1972 (four heating units lasted until 1984)    Use; light / pick up freight     Coupling; Tension lock with NEM provision    Flush glazing    DCC ready

We have writen a full review of this model which can be seen by clicking this link

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Heljan class 15 in British Rail green livery with small warning panel   
  CLASS 17 

The class 17, or Clayton type 1 diesel locomotive as it was first known, was arguably one of the least successful members of British Rail's modernisation pilot locomotive scheme, save for the illfated co-bo design. Introduced from 1962 to 1965 for light freight duties, the 'Clayton'  was used in many areas of the UK including East Anglia, Midland Region, North East England and Southern Scotland. 'Claytons' were plagued with engine problems right from the start through to withdrawal which began as early as 1968. All examples had vanished from BR metals by 1971, some being sold for industrial use. One example exists in preservation and is at the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway.

 

   
  Heljan Class 17 

Region; Eastern & Midland Regions and Southern Scotland    Era; 1962 - 1971 (apart from industrial machines)    Use; light / pick up freight     Coupling; Tension lock with NEM provision    Flush glazing    DCC ready

Heljan announced their 'Clayton' class 17 in 2006, but it wasn't until 2009 that they became available in the shops due to 'technical problems' with production. Unfortunately for Heljan and subsequent purchasers of the initial batch of models, the class 17 was still plagued with running problems (just like the real thing I hear you say) which lead to a big head ache for Heljan and lots of angry and frustrated customers

The issue with early models is the motor burns out very quickly, being caused by a bearing that is too tight. Heljan did after a long silence issue instructions on how to remedy the situation using your DIY skills, but be aware that if you do this or have done this, you risk invalidating your warranty. A sign that your Heljan class 17 may have problems is very slow running, often requiring 50% or more power before it will even begin to move. Models to avoid are; D8568 - BR green with small warning panel, D8561 - BR green with large warning panel, D8529 - BR blue, and Heljan's ltd edition 'Ribble Cement' livery (ex D8568).

It is possible that some of the aforementioned models will be retro fitted with new chassis with containing new bearing arrangements as is fitted to more recent models, but if you are buying a used older model it will be very difficult to be sure that it has one of these fitted. If you are not 100% sure and the seller does not give you their assurances, don't buy it.

Even though Heljan have made big attempts to make their class 17 fall within the criteria prescribed by the 'Sale Of Goods Act', their later class 17's performance still is not up to the standards expected from modern models. Customers often still complain of slow and noisy running. Could this be the same problem reoccurring albeit at a slower rate?

To look at, the Heljan class 17 is spot on. All livery variants are correct and well applied. However, the 100% appearance of the locomotive is completely overshadowed by the unreliability of older models and the possibility that it will reoccur in later models (Heljan 1703 onwards).

You can probably guess what the concluding statement will be for the Heljan class 17. Don't buy it, unless you are prepared to have a locomotive that spends more time out of service than in, and you are willing to utilise your DIY skills to prevent your motor from dieing. A rating of 4/10 is only achieved by the models good looks.         

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Heljan class 17 'Clayton' in BR blue livery 

 
 

CLASS 20

The English Electric Type 1 diesel locomotive, or class 20 as it became known was built for British Rail for light mixed freight duties. 228 locomotives were built in two batches between 1957 and 1968, the first batch being identifiable by having indicator boxes and the later by having 4 digit head code boxes. As the work that these locomotives were built for dried up, BR began to work them in twos (in multipe) hence enabling them to be used to haul heavier trains such as coal and Merry-go-round (MGR) services. Class 20s also occasionally found work on passenger services, but due to having no electric train heating ability this was usually only in the summer on holiday trains. Skegness was a popular destination for such class 20 hauled services. The class 20 can still be seen working on the main line today working for private companies such as DRS, making them the most successful and longest lived Type 1 built for BR.

   
  Bachmann Class 20 

Region; Eastern, London Midland Regions and Southern Scotland    Era; 1957 - present     Use; light mixed freight (singly), heavy freight (in multiple);     Coupling; Tension lock with NEM provision    Flush glazing    DCC ready (fitted and sound available)

Bachmann's class 20 is without any doubt the best. Overall size and shape is very convincing, even earlier models that were criticized for being the 'wrong shape' are still more than passable.

Detail levels on the Bachmann class 20 are very high, most of this is already fitted at the factory, and other parts are provided for the collector to fit if they wish. Bogie detail is particularly good, with sand pipes being included for fitting later. Models differ depending on area of operation, so Scottish region models have deeper cab windows and tablet catching recesses. Both early disc indicator and later 4 digit head code box versions have been produced. Models have sprung buffers and separately fitted hand rails and have NEM coupling pockets.

Bachmann class 20s run very well with all four axles being powered, and usually gives very good service. Some models have a distinctive 'growl' especially on corners, but this has not proved to be an issue and often disappears with use.

All main liveries for the British Rail period have been released, including BR green, with or without warning panels, BR blue, BR large logo 'Railfreight' livery. Later 'privatisation' liveries have also been released, such as DRS blue and Hunslet Barclay grey. All liveries are well applied and printed detail is generally excellent with lettering being legible.

Bachmann class 20s are light years ahead of Hornby's reincarnated Lima model, and sell for around the same price. In 2010, most DCC ready models were obtainable for around £40 new, making second hand prices very attractive indeed.

We rate the Bachmann class 20 at 8.5/10.

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Bachmann class 20 in BR blue
 

Bachmann class 20 in BR Railfreight livery

 
 

Hornby Class 20 

Region; Eastern, London Midland Regions and Southern Scotland    Era; 1957 - present     Use; light mixed freight (singly), heavy freight (in multiple);     Coupling; Tension lock with NEM provision    Some flush glazing*    DCC ready

This is another 're-heated' ex Lima model in the form of English Electric type 2, or the class 20, with the addition of wire hand rails and a new more reliable motor. Needless to say, the detail level is as you would expect from a model first released in circa 1986; slightly crude and incorrect. One bogie / two axles are powered, giving reasonable pulling ability.

Hornby have to date released the class 20 in BR green, BR blue, BR 'Railfreight', and Derby 'Rail Technical Centre' liveries. All liveries are well applied. Presently, Hornby have only released their class 20 in the older disc indicator guise, even though Lima originally produced both this and head code box versions. Deep recessed cab windows do not do much to disguise the age of this tooling. Flush glazing is present on the windscreens.

It is beyond belief that Hornby continue to release 'old' inferior toolings, pass it off as 'new' and sell it at non budget prices, especially when we know what high quality products Hornby are actually capable of producing. The Hornby class 20 is not a patch on the Bachmann model, and retails for more! 

The only reason that we can think of to buy a Hornby class 20 is if you require a Derby 'Rail Technical Centre' (RTC) liveried locomotive, as Bachmann have not as yet released their in his livery, and it is likely to be cheaper to buy two of these than acquiring the Lima LTD edition double pack.

You may have guessed, we don't rate 'boil in the bag' releases like this very highly. Over all, even with a new motor and added handrails, the Hornby class 20 scores 5/10.

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Hornby class 20 in BR blue livery

 

Hornby class 20 in BR Railfreight livery 

 

Hornby class 20 in RTC livery

 
 

Lima Class 20 

Region; Eastern, London Midland Regions and Southern Scotland    Era; 1957 - present     Use; light mixed freight (singly), heavy freight (in multiple);     Coupling; Tension lock with no NEM provision    Some flush glazing*    Not DCC ready

Lima introduced the class 20 to their range in the mid 80s, and was quite a reasonable model for its time. Since the demise of Lima in 2004, the Lima class 20 can now only be purchased via the second hand market.

Detail wise the class 20 is not 100% with body side grilles being incorrectly placed, an avoidable error, even in 1986. Other detail is as you may expect from a model of this age, with front end and buffer beam areas being moulded. As with most Lima models, the coupling detracts from the looks as it is unnecessarily large. Buffers on early models are too small, but on later models this was corrected.

Lima have released the class 20 in a multitude of liveries including; various versions of BR green, BR blue, BR 'Railfreight', BR 2 tone grey (20 088), RTC red and grey, 'Hunslet Barclay' grey, and 'Eddie Stowbart', the later three being  LTD edition releases.

Due to shape of the body it was necessary for Lima to find a motor that would fit into the confines of this, as the 'pancake' motor used at the time was too large. The barrel motor used gives very smooth and reliable running which is superior to the motors used in other models of the time. The motor powers one bogie, but despite this it still has a reasonable hauling ability, especially if as prototypically the loco's are used in pairs.

As with most Lima locomotives, the wheels tend to collect a lot of dirt very quickly. Regular cleaning of these will ensure the best running is obtained. The Lima class 20 is prone to stalling on points due to having only one bogie with pick ups. Use them in pairs!

There are better models out there now, so if you are buying one of these we wouldn't recommend paying more than around £20 for a good condition boxed model. This excludes LTD edition models which often command eye watering prices, for example, expect to pay around the £120 mark for a pair of 'Derby RTC' locomotives complete in VGC boxed condition (2011). Even though Hornby have released one of these models, in reality they operated in pairs, hence the Lima pair still comanding a very high price.

These models were OK for their times, but if your pocket will allow it, buy a Bachmann model every time. Today these models comand a mere 5/10 from us.

 

 

 Lima class 20 in BR green livery

 

 
 

CLASS 24

Class 24 locomotives were built between 1958 and 1961 at Crewe, Darlington, Derby, and totalled 151 until the first example was withdrawn in 1967 after a major fire wrote off D5051. Often double headed, the 24s replaced much more capable 9F steam locos on heavy freight, including Tyne-side coal workings. 24s had steam heating only which limited their use on passenger workings in later days as BR gradually switched to electric train heating. Over their lifetime they oerated over a wide area stretching from Southern England to North Wales and the far North of Scotland. The 24s lasted until 1980 in revenue earning service, however 24061 lasted a further 8 years in the hands of the Derby Rail Technical Centre. Four examples have made it into preservation, two at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, one at the East Lancashire Railway, and the other at the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway.

   
 

Bachmann Class 24

Region; Eastern, Western, Southern, Scottish regions    Era; 1958 - 1980   Use; Secondary passenger, light / medium freight     Coupling; Tension lock with NEM  provision    Flush glazing    DCC ready, Fitted, sound available

Bachmann's class 24 is a nice looking model despite it being one of their oldest new tooling models. Introduced in circa 2001 it has at times fetched eye watering prices on the second hand market due to large gaps in production runs, BR blue being the biggest culprit where non LTD editions are concerned. 
 
Detail is good straight from the box, with only a few minor parts left for the buyer to fit should they wish. Sprung buffers are standard, as is directional lighting on models made after 2008. 
 
As you would expect, the livery application on all models is excellent. Liveries released to date are; BR green, BR blue, and BR Derby Rail Technical Centre blue and red. The latter being a LTD edition supplied from Modelzone and now only available via the second hand market. HOWEVER! Since the release of this LTD edition, Bachmann and Modelzone have collaborated to release another run of this popular model, which may slightly peave those who purchased a former release as an investment. 
 
Most Bachamnn models are reliable runners and the class 24 is no exception, pulling 14 coaches on our layout with ease. 
 
Price wise, the Bachmann class 24 is very reasonable when new but often commands high prices when used, due to this being a widely used locomotive in reality that has only been produced in small batches here and there in model form. Bachammn's 24 is the only ready to run class 24 available, helping  keep second hand prices high. 
 
All in all this a very good model that is recommended, it scores an easy 8/10 with us.

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 Bachmann class 24 in BR blue

 

Bachmann class 24 in BR green

 
 

CLASS 25

The class 25, otherwise known as 'Rats' were a development from earlier class 24 locomotives. Main external differences are head code boxes and some air intake grilles being either ommitted or moved. Class 25s offered a slightly higher top speed (90mph as opposed to 75mph) from an uprated engine, making them more suitable for main line running than class 24s.  Although primarily intended for use on freight trains, class 25s were often seen working passenger services, especially in the summer on relief services, or holiday trains such as to Aberystwth. They were also regular sights on Crewe - Cardiff services, especially in the late 70s / early 80s. In total there were 327 locomotives in 5 sub-classes; 25/0 to 25/3, and also 25/9, the latter having been converted from existing sub-classes for use on mineral traffic. By 1987 all class 25s had been withdrawn, giving a career of just over 25 years.

   
 

Bachmann Class 25

Region; All but Southern regions    Era; 1961 - 1987   Use; Freight and occasional passenger     Coupling; Tension lock with NEM  provision    Flush glazing    DCC ready, Fitted, sound available

A nice looking model, the Bachmann class 25 fills a hole in the 70s to 80s mid power diesel range. It is reasonably priced, especially in the second hand market.

Detail is very good as you would expect from Bachmann, with sprung buffers as standard. Models have working head and tail lights, with the exception of some early models, so ask before you buy a used model.  A small pack of separately fitted detailing parts for the buffer beam is supplied for the collector to fit should you wish, but the loco looks good enough for most people straight from the box. Two versions of the class 25 are available; the early type with cab front communication doors and wealth of body side grilles, and the second being the later 25/3 without cab front doors and a more tidy body side with less grilles. 

Bachmann have released the class 25 in many liveries to date, the most obvious being BR green and BR blue. Other less common liveries available include experimental BR blue with small yellow warning panel which was a LTD edition release from Modelzone, and Intercity liveried ETHEL being a LTD edtiion release from Model Rail. All liveries and detailing are well applied.

The Bachmann class 25 is a strong reliable puller, hauling 14 coaches around our layout and still had breath for more.

Down points are only that some think the cab front shape is not quite right, but it is more than passable for most people.

Bachmann's class 25 is a good buy, far better than the ancient Hornby model, although with the fine detail it is probably not suited to younger collectors. Expect to pay a fortune for the LTD edition ETHEL which is only available second hand.

We give the Bachmann class 25 a good 8/10.

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Bachmann class 25 BR blue

 

Bachmann class 25 BR green

 
 

Hornby Class 25

Region; All but Southern regions    Era; 1961 - 1987   Use; Freight and occasional passenger     Coupling; Tension lock with no NEM  provision    No flush glazing    No DCC 

Hornby's class 25 is a bit of a dinosaur and has been surpassed by the Bachmann model in almost every conceivable way. The model has not been available new for quite some time, so is currently only available second hand.

Typical of many 1970s models, the Hornby class 25's detail is entirely molded with no serpaately fitted pieces, making this crude by today's standards. However, the lack of small parts does make this an ideal candidate for younger collectors. The overall shape is convincing enough but not exact, and body side grilles are incorrectly placed.

Livery application is as expected from an early Hornby model, mediocre. The shade of BR blue is way off, but the BR green model is better.

On the layout the Hornby class 25 performs reasonably well for a model over 30 years of age, if kept in good condition. The wheels must be spotlessly clean, as should your track in order to get the best out of it.

There are some things to lookout for before buying one of these in the second hand market, these are; Look out for a tilting of the body to one side. This is a typical fault of early post Tri-ang locomotives, it looks bad and is very annoying. Also you should test the model first as a lot of Hornby models this age develop a 'squeeling' sound from the motor, sometimes only apparent after a few minutes running and can cause very erratic running and even motor failure.

The Hornby class 25 is a great toy for kids to play with and would make a great addition to the RailRoad range. We rate it at 5/10.       

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