Hornby Model Railway Locomotive Reviews -
Class 31 (BR Blue weathered 31111)
The model comes in a well-packed box, which protects the model from damage.
It cost £55 from my local model railway shop. The packaging is easily
removed without damage to the model.
Included in the box were,
1. Instruction sheet.
2. Additional parts. Couplings, pipes and discs.
A quick look over the model proves it
is very finely detailed with handrails and grab handles standing proud,
especially on the roof (care must be taken not to damage these.) Bogies are
also finely detailed. The model looks very much like a 31 although I have
not measured it. The doors open and there is a working fan. There are also
working directional lights. The model is finished in weathered rail blue
with labels clearly printed, as are the numbers, the blue star codes are
also clear on the face of the loco. The weathering is light but not so good
on the bogies. A nice touch is that you can see the path of the window
wipers as they have cleaned away the dirt!
I have fitted the pipes etc to one end of the loco (This is quite a fidderly
task but well worth the effort) and the small Hornby coupling to the other.
loco has drive to all wheels and also pickups to all wheels. The loco’s
performance is smooth and quite with excellent slow speed response. The loco
easily coped with nine Bachmann Mrk 1s even up my gradients.
Hornby Class 31
5 pole screw wound
All Wheel drive (Twin Bogie Drive)
All wheel pickup
Decoder Fitting: I have fitted a
Bachmann 3 function decoder to this loco which required the removal of the
body. There are 4 screws to remove and you have to turn the bogies to get
access to these, however I found that removal of theses screws was not
possible, as the bogies do not turn enough! I had to remove the chassis from
an upside down body leaving the loose screws in the chassis. There is an
8-pin DCC socket provided and plenty of room for the decoder underneath the
Over all I would give this model 9 out of 10 with it only being let down by
the bogie weathering. Hornby must be praised for there efforts with this
loco, I would recommend it.
Class 31 Pictures:
R2421 - BR Class 31 CE 31110
R2413 - R2413 BR Class 31 31270 Weathered
R2649 - R2649 BR A1A-A1A Class 31 31165
R2420 - BR Class 31 BR Green D5512
R2572 - R2572 BR Class 31 BR Green
R2573 - R2573 BR Class 31 Fragonset
R2571 -R2571 BR Blue Class 31
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