Exclusive CrossCountry HST train pack joins Key Publishing Exclusives collection

Key Publishing has teamed up with Hornby to offer a limited edition train pack featuring CrossCountry HST power cars 43184 and 43366 in ‘OO’ to celebrate the end of long-distance HST operation, exclusively available from the Key Model World Shop.

PRE-ORDERS are open now for Key Publishing’s latest limited edition which models CrossCountry power cars 43184 Laira Diesel Depot and 43366 HST 40 in ‘OO’ gauge to commemorate the end of long-distance HST operation with CrossCountry in September 2023.

CrossCountry Trains InterCity Executive liveried HST power car 43184 stands at Leeds on September 27 2022 at the head of Modern Railways 'Seven Valley Venturer'.

Above: CrossCountry Trains InterCity Executive liveried HST power car 43184 stands at Leeds on September 27 2022 at the head of Modern Railways 'Seven Valley Venturer'. Tony Miles.

The limited edition is being produced exclusively for Key Publishing by Hornby and uses the latest HST power car tooling from the manufacturer. Production is limited to 350 units split between 200 DCC Ready (Cat No. R30385) and 150 DCC sound fitted (R30386TXS).

The two power cars were amongst the last in service with CrossCountry, which withdrew its final HST sets in September 2023. The two power cars in the pack were used to power Key Publishing’s Modern Railways and CrossCountry ‘Severn Valley Adventurer’ special from Leeds to Kidderminster on September 27 2022. The trip marked 40 years of HST operation on CrossCountry’s North East to South West route and saw 43366, which was one of the first to be used on CrossCountry services in the early 1980s, named HST 40.

HST 43366 pulls into Kidderminster Station passed the diesel depot for renaming on September 27 2022.

Above: HST 43366 pulls into Kidderminster Station passed the diesel depot for renaming on September 27 2022. John Titlow.

Following operation on the ‘Severn Valley Adventurer’, 43184 and 43366 remained in regular front line service with CrossCountry, operating across the network from Penzance to Edinburgh. 43184 was named Laira Diesel Depot in March 2023.

The new limited edition will model the two power cars with 43184 powered and 43366 a dummy power car. Both will feature correct livery details and body features for the real Class 43s as well as a five-pole motor, all-wheel drive, directional lighting, 21-pin decoder socket, working roof fans and twin factory fitted speakers.

43184 poses in the platforms at Kidderminster on the Severn Valley Railway on September 27 2022.

Above: 43184 poses in the platforms at Kidderminster on the Severn Valley Railway on September 27 2022. Tony Miles.

43366 newly named HST 40 at Kiddersminster, awaits departure time with 43184 at the head of the formation on September 27 2022.

Above: 43366 newly named HST 40 at Kiddersminster, awaits departure time with 43184 at the head of the formation on September 27 2022. Tony Miles.

Prices are set at £359.99 for the DCC Ready versions and £399.99 for DCC sound fitted models – the latter equipped with Hornby’s Bluetooth Triplex Sound decoders from the factory.

On July 8 2022 43184 passes through Water Orton on a CrossCountry working, shortly after repainting into InterCity Executive livery for its final years in service.

Above: On July 8 2022 43184 passes through Water Orton on a CrossCountry working, shortly after repainting into InterCity Executive livery for its final years in service. John Whitehouse.

The new CrossCountry HST limited-edition train pack is available to pre-order now from the Key Model World Shop with a non-refundable £10 deposit. Delivery is expected in the third quarter of 2024.

Order the new CrossCountry HST train pack from the Key Model World Shop today!