Hornby ‘Turbomotive’ edges closer

Final decorated samples of Hornby’s newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge London, Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS) Princess Royal ‘Turbomotive’ 4-6-2 have arrived for approval by the development team.


Sir William Stanier’s unique LMS ‘Turbomotive’ 4-6-2 was built in the mid-1930s and featured steam generators rather than cylinders.

Hornby’s new ‘OO’ gauge model is set to be one of the heaviest ‘OO’ gauge models produced by the company, featuring a die-cast metal chassis, running plate, boiler and body. The manufacturer has also developed a hinged etched metal radiator flap just below the smokebox door, to replicate the prototype. The new model will also feature a flickering firebox and a 21-pin Digital Command Control (DCC) decoder socket.


Two versions of the LMS Princess Royal ‘Turbomotive’ are planned finished as 6202 in LMS crimson lake (Cat No. R30143/TXS) and 46202 in BR lined black with early crests (R30135/TXS). The model will be available DCC ready and factory sound-fitted with Hornby’s new Bluetooth digital Triplex sound (TXS).

Prices are set at £266.49 DCC ready and £312.99 digital sound fitted. Release is expected later this autumn.

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