Hornby R3697

DRS, 'Northern Belle' Train Pack - Era 10

Manufacturer catalogue image

Prototype Eras
Era 10 (2005 to 2015) Rebuilding of the Railways
Era 11 (2016 to 2021) Current Era

Manufacturer description

West Coast Railways, Class 57 Co-Co, 57601 "Windsor Castle" with Northern Belle Mk2 Coaches, First Open "Chatsworth" and "Warwick" and Corridor Brake First Car "Mow Cop".
The Northern Belle luxury train service commenced in June 2000, the result of an extensive programme of refurbishment undertaken by Venice-Simplon Orient Express featuring a number of ageing ex-BR Mk.2 vehicles. The refurbishment was designed to mimic that of the Pullman coaches that ran in the luxury "Belle" trains, evoking the opulence of luxury rail travel in the 1920s and 1930s. The result was coach interiors that were modified to Pullman standards with new seating, lighting and wood paneling.
The interiors of the seven named dining cars feature hand crafted marquetry that was installed by the firm of A. Dunn and Son. Using techniques and machinery that have essentially remained unchanged since the 18th century, Dunn"s marquetry was used in the great ocean going liners such as Titanic, Lusitania, Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth, the floors of Buckingham Palace and the original Pullman and Wagons-Lits coaches. Each named car carries marquetry motifs relating to their title, being Alnwick, Belvoir, Glamis, Harlech, Warwick and Duart castles, as well as Chatsworth House.
The inaugural run of the Northern Belle was from York to Grantham, featuring a reception at nearby Belvoir Castle, with the first public run, the "Birmingham Lunch Excursion", taking place on 2 June 2000, running from Birmingham, out to Chester, then returning via Wrexham and Shrewsbury to Birmingham. The Northern Belle was always intended for touring destinations in northern Britain, but not exclusively so, as current destinations include locations and events in London, the south-west and southern Britain.
Traction for the Northern Belle has varied since 2000 when the train was operated by VSOE; it is now owned by Northern Belle (Holdings) Limited and the operator is West Coast Railways and to accompany the train, WCR"s Class 57 57601 "Windsor Castle" has been re-liveried into a matching Northern Belle umber and cream livery.

Catalogue listing

Brand:
Hornby
Product Code:
R3697
GTIN:
5055286655241
RRP:
£149.99
Release date:
2019

Model details

Finish
Painted
DCC status
DCC Ready 8 pin socket
Gauge
OO
Livery
Pullman
Minimum radius curve
2nd Radius (438mm)
Motor
5 Pole Skew wound
Name
Windsor Castle
Running number
57601

Prototype information

Locomotive class*
Class 57
Operator
GBRf
Max speed
75 mph / 95 mph
Designer
Brush Traction
Motive power
Diesel
Built
2001
Coach type
British Railways Mark 2
TOPS classification
FO (First Open)

* 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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