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Hornby Hornby EWS Ballast wagon (Seacow) Review

Recommended - This model is Recommended to purchase. Recommended models should be fully featured and have only a few minor mechanical or detailed limitations. For a railway model to be rated as "Recommended" a model must score 8 or more. Hornby EWS Ballast wagon (seacow) (R6286A, B or C) Rating 10/10


Hornby EWS Ballast wagon (seacow) (R6286A, B or C)

Hornby EWS Ballast wagon (seacow) (R6286A, B or C)


This new model by Hornby (R6286) has to be the most detailed wagon I have seen. Hornby's seacow puts the old Lima model (14 RRP) to shame. Look at the picture below. on the left is the old Lima seacow model and on the right the new Hornby seacow model.


Hornby EWS Ballast wagon (seacow) (R6286A, B or C) and Lima Seacow

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The new Hornby Seacow has the following features


1. NEM coupling

2. Weathering - ballast shoots have been weathered to resemble ballast dust and the wheels have been weathered and look  rusted.

3. Fine pipe detailing (incredibly fine)

4. Brass wheels (weathered)

5. Sprung buffers.

6. Comes in 3 numbers.


The Hornby Seacow takes standard Hornby points with ease and at speed. Runs quite and smooth along the track. The fine detail look delicates but feels surprisingly robust.


The Hornby model is in a different league to the Lima model. I can see the price of second hand lima seacows which has been at about 14 falling drastically. I personally have all 5 different numbered seacows which lima produced and thought they were great, but now I am considing selling them to buy more Hornby seacows. For the price (RRP 18.50, but more like 16 online) I don’t see how you can go wrong buying this model. All in all an excellent model. Well done Hornby.


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