Hornby Re-issues Mk2 Coaches for 2011 in Intercity Livery
21 October 2011
Three new versions of the Mk.2d ‘air-con’ coach have been added to the Hornby catalogue for 2011 dressed in Intercity livery.
The three types previously released (in a variety of liveries, including Virgin Trains and Great Western) are now available in the shops, including a BSO as No.9479 (R4464); an FO as No.3186 (R4462) and a TSO as No.5630 (R4463).
Each coach is neatly decorated in the once familiar two tone grey with red and white stripe which were the colours for the Intercity sector. The FO has a yellow stripe applied above the windows. Printing is sharp and legible, particularly that applied to the coach ends. Flush glazing is fitted and is a tinted colour, unlike previous releases where the glazing inserts were of clear plastic. The correct coach shells have been used for each type: the TSO with eight passenger cabin windows and the FO with seven.
The numbers chosen by Hornby are correct for Mk.2d coaches, the BSO having been a survivor in the Cross Country fleet for many years after privatisation. In all, all three coaches are welcome additions to the Hornby catalogue, although there is a need for additional eight-window TSO coaches as they made up the majority of the Mk.2d air conditioned fleet. Modellers would welcome a better balance of coaches offered by Hornby by adjusting numbers of each type to reflect the use of standard class stock versus first class and brake coaches on the full size railway.
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