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Hornby Model Railway Locomotive Reviews -  Class 08 (Shunter)

(New and Old Versions)



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 08 Shunter (R2595) Rating 10/10 Hornby have done it again with this fantastic little model.

 

The new retooled Hornby 08 shunters is a vast improvement on their previous model in both detail and function. This new model has NEM couplings, realistic optional display couplings, is DCC ready, has a  detailed cab, sprung buffers, and detailed pipe work.

 

Hornby 08 Shunter (R2595)

 

Hornby 08 Shunter (R2595) Hornby 08 Shunter (R2595) Hornby 08 Shunter (R2595)

  

Function: This model has the smaller NEM couplings, which are removable and can be replaced with a set of more realising display couplings.

 

It is powered by a sealed long life 5-pole, skew wound motor fitted with a flywheel to reduce stalling and improve the smoothness to its control. This motor should be low maintenance but may need to be replaced after a log of running. This model can be operated at extremely slow speeds and has a much more realistic (slower) top speed compared to the older Hornby model.

 

Unlike the older model the 0-6-0 wheel configuration does not have or require traction tyres. When tested pulling a heavy train, this model performed very well without any wheel slipping. The model is slightly heavier than the old model something that may be helping traction

 

Detail: Just like the new class 60 the detail on this model is fantastic. The model is significantly more detailed than the previous Hornby model. This model has detailed pipe work, sand pipes, handrails and door handles. The positioning and spacing of the wheels (0-6-0) has been changed to be true to the real locomotive.

 

Inside the cab you can see the locomotives dials and controls, which are all fully painted. The only down side to the cab is that it does not have a crew although in some cases this may be preferred. The windows have flush glazing and both the cab doors are operational and spring loaded. I believe this is so you can place a man in the door without him falling out.

 

Overall: This is a massive improvement on the old model. In fact I cant think of anything that needs improving. I suspect this model has greatly reduced the sale value of old 08 shunters. Anyone that had the old version will know how bad it was at stalling on points and how jerky it was and prone to derail. I don't think I will ever run my old 08 model (intercity livery) shunters again.

 

Hornby Class 08 Features:

DCC Ready.

NEM Coupling.

Display Parts.

Spring Buffers.

Painted and detailed cab interior.

All wheel drive.

 

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Old Version

 

Not Recommended - It is not recommended you purchase this model unless there is no other option. These models have major limitations and are lacking in even the most basic mechanical or detailing features. For a railway model to be "Not Recommended" a model must score 3 or less.  Class 08 Shunter (R156) Rating 3/10 A lot of maintenance and stalling on points, brings this model down.

 

Works very well at slow speeds although top speed is limited (it is a shunter after all). Track handling is good at slow speeds but a bit unstable at full speed (full speed is more than its true top speed). It has great traction due to the design of its chasse being able to out pull much larger faster locos. It is perfect at the job it is intended for so don't try and use it as a main line express. Model detail is again good, but could have been better.

Hornby Class 09 Shunter R156 Picture

Works very well at slow speeds although top speed is limited (it is a shunter after all). Track handling is good at slow speeds but a bit unstable at full speed (full speed is more than its true top speed). It has great traction due to the design of its chasse being able to out pull much larger faster locos. It is perfect at the job it is intended for so don't try and use it as a main line express. Model detail is again good, but could have been better.

Design has not changed much in over 10 years although there is now a new motor and pickups to reduce stalling on points, but I have not noticed an improvement. It still has a problem with points, usually due to dirty wheels. I have had to do quite a bit of work maintaining this locomotive more than others, but it is also the locomotive that has had the most grief from me. Every layout needs one.

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