Hornby updates its ‘Grid’

The Class 56 has had a small refresh for its latest outing in the Hornby range. MIKE WILD checks out the new arrival in the shape of BR blue 56047.

The Class 56 burst onto the scene with Hornby at the end of 2007, way back in the eighth issue of Hornby Magazine. Back then it was a revelation over its Mainline/Dapol parentage predecessor and it has been a common part of the Hornby range ever since.

This year the Hornby Class 56 has received a small refresh to incorporate a 21-pin DCC decoder socket in all future versions in place of the previous 8-pin socket. This upgrade is backed up by changing of the connection for the cab front lights which no longer rely on the previous sprung contact arrangement – instead the lights are permanently wired through five-pin plugs which make for a more robust arrangement.

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