UPDATED: Hornby launches Taw Valley in purple

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.

00 gauge 34027 taw valley purple train box

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.

00 gauge 34027 taw valley purple train

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.

Visit www.hornby.com for more information.

R30231 HM elizabeth II purple train in the SVR's loco yard at Bridgnorth