Hornby R1252M

LNER 'Sir Nigel Gresley' Train Set, Centenary Year Limited Edition - 1938

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Prototype Era
Era 3 (1923 to 1947) The Big Four (LNER, LMS, GWR and SR)

Manufacturer description

Introducing the New Dublo Scale By the 1930s Frank Hornby's '0' Gauge train system had grown considerably both in the large number of items available and in popularity but new houses were by that time being built smaller than they had been previously and consequently limiting the space available for amongst other things an '0' Gauge train layout. Consequently, such restriction on space had an influence on the sales of Hornby's '0' Gauge trains.

In mainline Europe a smaller gauge was being developed which was half the size of '0'. This new scale was aptly classified as 'H0' as it was half the size of the '0' Gauge models. Faced with this potential competition, the Meccano Board in 1937 decided to introduce their own system but due to scale versus mechanical size restrictions they could not quite produce an 'H0' system but opted for a slightly larger scale which was given the name 'Dublo' by Meccano's Commercial Director. The Hornby Dublo scale used more or less the same wheel back to back measurements of the 'H0' system but generally speaking all other dimensions were increased by 0.5mm.

LNER Class A4, 'Sir Nigel Gresley' - The First Hornby Dublo Passenger Train Set By 1938 the first adverts started to appear promoting the new Hornby Dublo system. Two locomotives were initially produced one of which was a generic 0-6-2 freight model and available with GWR, LNER, LMS or SR markings while the other featured the LNER Class A4, 'Sir Nigel Gresley'. These two locomotives were available with either a clockwork mechanism or a 12vDC motor and both featured in individual train sets where they shared a common pack.

This celebratory set goes some way to replicating the first Hornby Dublo 1938 passenger train set. The stunning and heavily detailed LNER Class A4, 'Sir Nigel Gresley' illustrates how the design and scale integrity of model production has developed over the years. Similarly, the Gresley teak effect coaches that are of a different type to those produced in 1938 show the amazing advances in model production since the launch of Hornby Dublo's 1938 train sets.

Limited Edition for Hornby's Centenary Year This limited edition of 1000 Hornby Dublo 'Sir Nigel Gresley' train set forms part of the Hornby Trains Centenary group of products and celebrates the 1930s decade by using artwork inspired by the Hornby Dublo packaging style of that period. Included with each set and as authentication is a numbered certificate confirming the quantity of limited edition sets produced. What's in the Box!? Rolling Stock LNER A4 Class 4-6-2 4498 "Sir Nigel Gresley" LNER 61" 6' Gresley Corridor Third, 1434 LNER 61" 6' Gresley Corridor Composite Brake, 58700. Track & Accessories: 3rd Radius Oval Train Controller (R7229); Wall Plug Transformer (P9000W); Power Connecting Track (R8206).

Rerailer Unboxing The Sir Nigel Gresley Dublo Train Set. In this special episode of Hornby Signal Box, Mike unboxes and takes a closer look at the Sir Nigel Gresley Hornby Dublo Train Set.

Catalogue listing

Product Code:
Release date:
June 2020

Model details

DCC status
DCC Ready 8-pin socket
LNER garter blue
Minimum radius curve
2nd Radius (438mm)
5 pole skew wound
NEM / Tension lock
Power pickup
Driving and leading wheels and tender only
Sir Nigel Gresley
Running numbers
4498, 1434, 58700

Prototype information

Locomotive class*
A4 Class
Wheel arrangement
Max speed
90 mph
Sir Nigel Gresley
Coach type
London & North Eastern Railway Gresley
Motive power
TOPS classification
TK (Third Corridor)
Ordered by
London & North Eastern Railway
October 1937
Built by
London & North Eastern Railway
Built at
Total produced
Length of service
28 years
February 1966

* Class names often change over the lifespan of a locomotive, so this is not necessarily the class name used by the operator in the period modelled.

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