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Hornby McVities

Posted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:17 pm
by IAN1955
Okay what is the difference pleas.
Just obtained a couple of Hornby McVities wagons on the box it says R137 and on the other it says R727, I cannot see the difference so what is it Thanks all

Re: Hornby McVities

Posted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:23 pm
by End2end
From what I can see looking at both of them, nothing. I thnk Hornby have just changed the catalogue number.
They both have the same old style couplings and wheels which would be the immediate place to look for any changes.
Thanks
End2end

Re: Hornby McVities

Posted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:20 pm
by Bufferstop
I've never understood Triang R numbers (they are actually Rovex), they did seem to get re-used, and you will sometimes find evidence of the tooling being altered to stamp a new number. I suspect that for some period of time their system couldn't cope with four figure numbers, so they just went round again re using ones that had been out of production for some time.

Re: Hornby McVities

Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:53 pm
by minipix
Oooh, I've got one of those! I'm curious though, were there any real-life versions of this?

Re: Hornby McVities

Posted: Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:53 am
by Pennine MC
minipix wrote:Oooh, I've got one of those! I'm curious though, were there any real-life versions of this?


Nope, not in either appearance or livery. The body is vaguely suggestive of the VAA/VBA/VCA/VDA series of BR air braked vans of the late '60s and '70s, but why it was made to not fit the chassis is anybody's guess

Re: Hornby McVities

Posted: Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:00 pm
by Mike Parkes
The original catalogue number was R137, it was renumbered R727 on the basis that it would have a painted finish. Hornby c1980 realising its market share was being affected due to the use of pre-coloured plastic. Whether any actually appeared in a painted finish is doubtful.