Colour for Coronation coaches  

Hornby has unveiled decorated samples of its forthcoming all-new ‘OO’ gauge LNER Coronation carriages.


‘The Coronation’ was an Anglo-Scottish express from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh Waverley operated by the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER), introduced to commemorate the Coronation of King George VI. The train was usually hauled by a garter blue ‘A4’ Class ‘Pacific’ and was formed of four twin sets of articulated coaches, with the famous ‘beaver-tail’ observation car added in the summer. 


Hornby’s new 'OO' gauge decorated samples showcase some of the impressive interior detailing that has been included on the coaches – especially the observation car where the seats have been ‘hydro-dipped’, a technique never before used by the manufacturer. The process sees each seat lowered into a bath containing a floating film of the desired pattern, which enables the intricate pattern to be applied. Other details like the interior wooden panels have also been replicated.


Another first technique is the use of hot foil to replicate the stainless steel trim on the coaches, while the Coronation lettering on the coach bodies has been applied using a self adhesive etching. The articulated vehicles also feature a novel choice of magnetic ends in streamlined or uncovered form at each end. Magnetic and fixed-bar style couplings will also be included with the coaches.


Following assessment by the company’s development team, several areas have been identified for further improvement, including the body and roof colours, with an amended sample expected imminently.


Development is progressing well with release anticipated later this Autumn.


Prices are set at £139.99 for the twin vehicle articulated coach packs and £74.99 for the observation car.

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