Hornby R40353

Rail Charter Services, Mk3 Trailer Guard First, 44081 - Era 11 (Web Exclusive)

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Prototype Era
Era 11 (2016 to 2021) Current Era

Manufacturer description

In-order to allow running at 125 mph on Britain's Victorian era railways, new rolling stock was needed by British Railways. Significant improvements over the Mk2 included new secondary air suspension between the bogies and the coach body as well as aerodynamic skirting on the underframe. Mk3 Coaches are 75ft (23m) long enabling far greater capacity than older coaches. Mk3 Coaches also incorporate disk brakes and wheel slip protection enabling faster deceleration.


The first Mk3 Coaches to be delivered were used as part of the HST prototype along with the two Class 41 diesel power cars in 1972. Mk3 Coaches entered service in 1975 along with the Class 43 forming the iconic InterCity 125 trainset.


After the HST Mk3 Coach variant was introduced, further Mk3 Coaches were introduced to the West Coast Mainline for use as part of locomotive hauled trains. Whilst Mk3 stock is standard for HST units, the standard locomotive hauled stock is Mk3a. Mk3a stock differs from Mk3 stock due to the inclusion of buffers as well as a different electrical system that uses motor generator units in each coach to power air conditioning and other ancillaries Mk3a stock was built until 1984, before 3B stock with improved seating and lighting was built from 1985 to 1988.


After the success of the Staycation Express in 2020, in 2021 Rail Charter Services operated an improved service using a classic Intercity 125 train complete with First Class leather seats, private tables and power points. The service ran from the 19th of July until the 9th of September, operating four times per day with the exception of Fridays at which point the train returned to Crewe for maintenance and sanitation.


Formation:

Catalogue listing

Brand:
Hornby
Product Code:
R40353
RRP:
£44.99
Release date:
TBA

Model details

Finish
Painted
Colour
Green
Minimum radius curve
2nd Radius (438mm)
Range
2022 Range

Prototype information

Operator
Rail Charter Services
Designer
BR

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