Last week, Locoyard followers were given the opportunity to vote for the next model review. The Bachmann N class and Hornby A4 won with the same number of votes. Today see’s the Hornby A4 class go through the Locoyardometer!
Class: Gresley A4 Pacfic
Use: Express Passenger
Region: London and North Eastern Railway
4464 (60019) Bittern – mainline certified, based at Southall Depot
4468 (60022) Mallard – static display at the National Railway Museum, York
4488 (60009) Union of South Africa – mainline certified, based at Crewe Heritage Centre
4489 (60010) Dominion of Canada – static display at Canadian Railway Museum
4496 (60008) Dwight D Eisenhower – static display at National Railroad Museum, Green Bay, Wisconsin
4498 (60007) Sir Nigel Gresley – operational on the North York Moors Railway
Hornby R2339 4468 Mallard (click here for more)
Motor: 5 pole Loco-drive
DCC options: 8 pin dcc ready/fitted/sound
Excellent cab details (below)and opening cab roof (above) , handrails and lamp irons
Looks fantastic to me, but has had some criticism from the media for being a little too long.
Very good finish and printing with brass nameplates. Can’t help noticing that the otherwise poorer Bachmann model has a better garter blue and BR Brunswick green finish however.
Superb – quiet and smooth. Can be a little sensitive to poor trackwork.
It’s a powerful model, as it should be!
It has everything modern 00 scale rtr models should have, including a DCC sound versions
Good value overall, though limited edition versions often have to be pre-ordered at close to full rrp. Fortunately, 4468 Mallard can be purchased for very little money secondhand. Be sure you get the loco-drive version however, as an older tender-drive “super-detailed” version shares the catalogue number R2339 with the far superior loco-drive version. You have been warned!
Overall Locoyardometer Score: 4.7
A brilliant model of a streak and one of the best ready to run 00 scale models on the market.
Detailometer 5, Outlineometer 4.5, Finishometer 4.5, Motorometer 5, Powerometer 5, Specometer 5, Valueometer 4, Locoyardometer 4.7