Hornby is partnering with the Severn Valley Railway (SVR) to produce newly repainted rebuilt ‘West Country’ 4-6-2 34027 Taw Valley in purple Platinum Jubilee form temporarily renamed Elizabeth II in ‘OO’ gauge.
The railway sparked interest back in February this year when it announced the re-paint of Taw Valley into a unique - but temporary - purple and silver livery in honour of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The locomotive will be officially named Elizabeth II on Thursday June 2 at the start of the SVR’s Platinum Jubilee weekend event.
Hornby’s Marketing and product development director Simon Kohler said: “Hornby has had a strong relationship with the Severn Valley Railway for a number of years, and the opportunity to produce this model is the absolute pinnacle of our association."
“We’re thrilled to be doing this, and are certain this will be a hit with model railway enthusiasts and collectors and also those who simply want to celebrate such a momentous event in royal history.”
The SVR and Hornby will donate a proportion of the profits from the sales to The Patron’s Fund, which supports the charitable organisations across the UK and the Commonwealth for which Her Majesty acts as a Patron.
Since first announcing its plan to produce the special edition model for 'OO', Hornby has increased the planned production run to 2,500 units.
Priced at £269.99 each, the models are expected to arrive later this autumn.
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