LNER Coronation coach running samples

Hornby has received Engineering Prototype (EP) running samples of its newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) articulated Coronation coaches for evaluation by the company’s development team.


‘The Coronation’ was the LNER’s flagship train service for a spell in the 1930s, having been named following the Coronation of King George VI in 1937. It was formed of four pairs of specially designed coaches and a streamlined Observation car at the rear. During the Second World War they were stored with some vehicles later reinstated in 1948 for general use.


Hornby’s latest 'OO' gauge samples incorporate refinements over previous iterations with improved windows and are the first models to feature production parts for the articulated bogies, which are shared between coaches. 


Hornby is producing sufficient vehicles to create a nine-car LNER Coronation train formation, including four articulated coach packs and the characteristic ‘beaver tail’ Observation car 1719 (Cat No. R40227) in the striking Coronation Art-Deco scheme. The coach packs comprise a Coronation Brake Third and Kitchen Third (R40223), Double Open Firsts (R40224), an Open Third and Kitchen Third (R40225) and an Open Third and Brake Third (R40226).


These all-new models will feature detailed interiors, flush glazing and illuminated interiors, while the Observation car also features a pair of red tail lamps at the rear. Following testing. fully decorated samples are expected to follow shortly.


Prices are set at £139.99 for the twin-coach packs and £74.99 for the Observation car. 

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