Hornby R3585

BR, Class 90, Bo-Bo, 90135 - Era 6

Manufacturer catalogue image

Prototype Eras
Era 6 (1967 to 1972) British Rail Blue (Pre-TOPS)
Era 8 (1983 to 1994) British Rail Sectorisation

Manufacturer description

Developed from the Class 87, the Class 90 locomotives were manufactured and assembled at Crewe Works by BREL from 1985 until their completion in 1990. Designed as a replacement for locomotives from the Class 81 through to the Class 85, the Class 90 entered service as a mixed traffic locomotive, working both freight and passenger trains. The original fleet size consisted of 50 locomotives, numbered 90001 through to 90050. Although, the original number sequence for the Class took the form of 87/2, a system that was short lived. The first locomotive, 90001, left Crewe Works on October 12, 1987 and went straight to Derby for testing, yet it was July 1988 before the first passenger service was hauled.
A Time-Division Multiplexer (TDM) was fitted, enabling two or more locomotives to work as multiple units, this allowed a Class 90 to haul a push-pull passenger train, working with a Driving Van Trailer (DVT).
The original allocation of locomotives saw 90001 to 90025 working passenger services on the West Coast Mainline, along with cross country services from Euston, Manchester/Liverpool and Glasgow, as well as Manchester and Liverpool to Birmingham. As such, the Class 90s were the first new locomotives to carry the InterCity 21st Anniversary "Swallow" livery. The remainder were assigned to freight duties, although it was not unusual at the time to see freight engines working both passenger duties, or vice versa. Maximum curve Hornby 2nd radius + / 438mm+.

Catalogue listing

Brand:
Hornby
Range:
Railroad
Product Code:
R3585
RRP:
£90.99
Release date:
2017

Model details

DCC status
DCC Ready 8 pin socket
Finish
Pristine
Gauge
OO
Livery
Main Line
Minimum radius curve
2nd Radius (438mm)
Motor
5 Pole Skew wound
Colour
Grey
Running number
90135

Prototype information

Locomotive class*
Class 90
Operator
BR
Motive power
Electric
Max speed
75 mph / 110 mph
Designer
BREL
Built
1991-1993

* 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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