Digital sound for the Hornby 4-VEP

With the prospect of a new and upgraded 4-VEP from Hornby in 2022, MIKE WILD looked back at the first versions to introduce digital sound while also improving the front gangways in this modelling guide.


Above: With its enhanced front end, new airhorns and sound installation, this first production run Hornby 4-VEP looks the part running through Twelve Trees Junction.

MY INTEREST in all things Southern electric, and particularly its multiple units, made Hornby's 2010 announcement of the Class 423 4-VEP four-car unit an appealing prospect. The first entered service in 1967 when Southern Region steam hauled services were coming to an end while the last wasn’t withdrawn until 2005.

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