VIDEO: HST takeover on Topley Dale

In one of our most popular videos, Hornby 'OO' gauge Class 43 HSTs takeover on our test track Topley Dale to showcase the trains through the years.

HST takeover

Above: Hornby recently released the First and Last HST power car pack featuring 43002 Sir Kenneth Grange in its final BR blue and yellow colour scheme.

THE CLASS 43 HST power cars are an incredibly popular part of the Hornby catalogue. The latest generation model made its debut in 2008, but 12 years later there are still new versions hitting the shelves including Hornby's First and Last HST pack containing 43002 Sir Kenneth Grange in BR blue and yellow and 43198 in GWR green. 43002 entered service in February 1976 while 43198 was completed August 1982 and the pair were used for GWR's final HST diagram from London Paddington - the 6.30pm to Exeter St Davids on May 18 2019.

HST takeover

Above: HSTs meet at Topley Dale junction as Virgin, InterCity and Network Rail stock cross paths.

To mark the arrival of the First and Last HST pack we decided to stage a HST takeover on Topley Dale featuring eight full sets. These model an original BR blue and grey Western Region eight+two set, a mixed Intercity/Virgin rake, a full Virgin Trains set, a Network Rail New Measurement Train formation, GWR Mk 3s with the First and Last power cars, an LNER set plus two rakes modelling the new Mk 3 sliding door stock in GWR and ScotRail colours.

Tune in now to watch the full video with here and read our full review in the HM159 section of Key Model World.

HST takeover

Above: An original BR blue and grey Western Region set modelling 253027 pauses at Topley Dale for its portrait.