What’s in the Shops: ‘Hoovers’, ‘Grids’ and ‘Skips’

It’s been a great month for diesel model fans, with some great reissues by Hornby.

Two OO-gauge models of English Electric Type 5 Class 50 Co-Co locomotives (‘Hoovers’), in liveries spanning the early 1980s through to their withdrawal from traffic in the early 1990s, are now available from Hornby. 

The first is of Network SouthEast No. 50033 Glorious (R3658), representing the class when operating Thames services between Paddington and Oxford alongside the use of Class 50s on the Waterloo-Exeter route in the early 1990s. 

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Revised Network Southeast livery is applied, and is considered by some to be the best scheme carried by this sometimes unreliable but hard-used class of locomotives. It is priced at £169.95.

Revised BR blue livery, which is also known as ‘Large Logo’ blue, is applied to the second Class 50 model to be released as No. 50040 Leviathan (R3653) representing the class as operated on West Country Intercity services in the 1980s. 

No. 50033 Glorious (R3658), finished in Network SouthEast livery, features six-axle drive, LED illuminated running lights and an eight-pin DCC interface socket.

As it happens, the locomotive survived until around 1991 in the applied livery but with some additional embellishments, making the model a useful one for those who like to customise their models. No. 50040 Leviathan is now in the shops alongside No. 50033 Glorious, priced at £179.99.

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DCR ‘Grid’

The first of two diesel locomotives with liveries that will please modellers of the up-to-date scene is a Class 56 (‘Grid’) finished in DCR (Devon and Cornwall Railways) green as No. 56303 (R3660).  

For the full article and to view more images, see the February 2019 edition of Modelling – available now!

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For a complete list of stockists and how to get your copy, visit: www.railwaymagazinemodelling.co.uk/distributors

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