Hornby BR Standard 7MT Britannia Class Review

Class: BR Standard 7MT

Use: Express Passenger

Regions: Mainly Eastern and Western, with some North Eastern and Scottish with Southern examples used for Golden Arrow and Bournemouth Belle duties only.

Era: 1951-1967

Preserved examples:

70000 Britannia – Crewe Heritage Centre (working on Mainline tours)

70013 Oliver Cromwell – National Collection (working on Mainline tours)

Manufacturer: Hornby

Model Reviewed: Hornby R3096 70004 William Shakespeare (click here for prototype info)

Motor: 5 pole Loco-drive

Power: Heavyweight

DCC options: 8 pin dcc ready/fitted/sound (click here for DCC Fitting guide)

Locoyard Review



Fantastic cab, rivet details, removable coal load, opening cab roof, Golden Arrow version includes Golden Arrow detailing pack with brass nameplates.  As good as it gets on 00 scale!



Fantastic – detail differences of tenders and smoke deflectors between different class members catered for.  It captures the poise of the prototype perfectly.



Brunswick green is excellent with very fine lining.  Hornby appear to have improved their Brunswick Green – the difference is subtle but the grime-like depth of the green is represented well (see picture below for comparison.) Bachmann models arguably still have a slight edge, but not by a significant margin.

Running Qualities:


Superb – pulls quietly and smoothly, haven’t known it to derail

Relative Power:


Equals the prototype, capable of heavy trains, if perhaps not quite as accomplished on 2nd radius curves as the Merchant Navy/N15 classes.



NEM pockets, DCC socket/fitted/Sound versions and loads of space for the decoder in the tender



Expensive new and second-hand versions tend to hold their value.  It is worth saving up for though!

Overall Locoyardometer Score: 4.8

The Hornby Britannia class holds joint honours with the Hornby N15 class as best ready to run models available.  It is fantastic!

Detailometer 5, Outlineometer 5, Finishometer 5, Motorometer 5, Powerometer 5, Specometer 5, Valueometer 3.5, Locoyardometer 4.8