Hornby A4 variants

 

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Hornby has produced models for the A4 for many years but the level of detail and prototypical accuracy for the revamped versions introduced in 2004 was significantly better than the previous versions. The situation is even more confusing because Hornby have now introduced the “Railroad” series; however these are based on early models some of which had tender-drive and Hornby now markets these as “budget” models. The EasiChas kit is not compatible with these models. It was specifically designed around the revised A4 introduced by Hornby in 2004.

We do not know how much work would be required to use the kit for the Bachmann version of the A4 since the Brassmasters kit has been specifically designed for the Hornby and not the Bachmann model.

We have tried to list all the models that the EasiChas kit is suitable for, although we do not have a complete list, and we will endeavour to update it when more information becomes available.

 Revised Hornby A4

 This was introduced in the autumn of 2004 and the major differences over the previous versions are: 

1.    Detailed lamp irons on the front of the loco.

2.    A Cartazzi truck fixed to the frames; it does not have a gap between the bottom of the cab and the top of the truck.

3.    Wide flangless wheels fitted to the trailing Cartazzi truck (a separate flanged set of wheels were available in a separate packet).

4.    Sliding cab roof ventilator.

5.    Wind deflectors fitted to both sides between the side cab windows.

6.    An 8 PIN DCC decoder socket.

7.    “Super Detail” branding and a magnifying glass on the front packaging.

8.    Sprung buffers.

The post-2004 models we are aware of are:

Ref Number

Year

Name/Number

Comments

R2338 2004 4901 Sir Charles Newton Wartime black with NE on tender

R2339

2004

4468 Mallard

Blue livery

R2340

2004

60031 Golden Plover

Corridor tender/Late BR emblem

R2494 ? Guillemot  
R2721 ? Sparrow Hawk Sound
R2991XS ? Sparrow Hawk  

R2615

??

60021 Wild Swan

Single chimney/Early BR emblem

R3008

2011

60011 Empire of India

Double Chimney/Late BR emblem/Corridor tender/Blue backed nameplate

 

????

60003 Andrew K McCosh

 

R2339

2011

Mallard

Blue with valance

R2805XS

 

4468 Herring Gull

DCC/Sound/Blue with valances. Single chimney

R2888M

??

4483 Kingfisher

LNER Blue/Single chimney/Valance/Corridor tender. Sold as part of a train set (Flying Scotsman)

R2896X

2011

Sir Ronald Mathews

DCC/Sound

R2965

2011

Silver Link

Grey livery/Valances

R3012

2011

60027 Merlin

Double Chimney/Late BR emblem/Corridor tender

R2784X

?

Railroad A4

Loco converts but tender needs a lot of carving

  ? Falcon From Heart of Midlothian train pack
  ? Locos in Commonwealth collection  

 

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