Stephenson’s Rocket train pack for OO gauge

Price: £179.99 Cat No: R3810 Site: Era:DCC: DCC ready, 6-pin socket

FOLLOWING the sell-out success of its centenary limited edition earlier this year (HM154), Hornby’s standard catalogue release of its ‘OO’ gauge model of Stephenson’s Rocket 0-2-2 touched down during July.

As with the Hornby 100 edition, this release is also presented in similar book-style packaging, although on this occasion it features a silhouette of Rocket on the cover with National Railway Museum branding on the spine. On opening the packaging, the locomotive and three First Class carriages are housed in protective rubberised foam.

Whilst Rocket appears the same as the previous release, the first class coaches on this occasion carry the names Globe, Renown and Wellington over the Liverpool and Manchester Railway (L&MR) yellow and black colour scheme. Each is neatly moulded with fine etched metal detailing such as railings, footsteps, step boards and more. Rocket also employs a mix of moulded and metal components to provide sufficient weight and features a tiny five-pole skew-wound motor, 6-pin Digital Command Control (DCC) decoder socket located in the tender water barrel and is supplied with a pair of pre-painted crew for the footplate and tender. The tender is permanently wired to the locomotive and also features a small plastic hook and loop coupling between locomotive and tender.

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