Rob Kinsey reviews the Hornby LMS/BR CCT Van
16 January 2014
Rob Kinsey reviews another arrival from Hornby in the shape of the Covered Carriage Trucks, better known as CCTs.
The prototype was introduced by the LMS in 1938 when 150 were built, by Metropolitan Cammell, interestingly they were painted in goods stock bauxite livery rather than the more expected passenger stock crimson lake livery. A further 75 vehicles were built by BR between 1952 and 1957 (the last 45 at Swindon works), these were painted in BR Crimson livery from new. These vehicles had a long service life many lasting well into the 1970s or later and carrying BR Corporate Blue livery.
The mouldings are crisp and clean with no flash apparent. The model is dimensionally accurate and gives a good impression of the prototype, with its slab sides and high arched roof.
The model is well detailed with full brake gear, happily the brake blocks are in line with the wheel treads, the brake levers are, quite correctly, offset differently on each side, with the vacuum cylinder offset towards one end of the vehicle. Cosmetic vacuum pipes and coupling hooks are fitted to each buffer beam, unusual looking, but correct pattern buffers, with their top and bottom edges clipped are also fitted. The model is supplied with standard tension lock couplings, unfortunately it is let down by the wheel sets that are fitted, they are rather coarse in profile and finished shiny silver colour, nearer scale wheels are easily fitted and greatly improve the appearance.
The new model from Hornby is currently available in both LMS Brown livery and BR Crimson livery; both are finished to a high standard with numbering and lettering crisply printed and fully legible.
The model as supplied will provide modellers with an alternative 4 wheeled parcels vehicle that will bring more variety to both passenger and parcels trains.
I believe that Hornby will have a successful model on their books and still have an opportunity to release a further model(s), in BR corporate blue livery.