Hornby Model Railway Locomotive Reviews -
Hornby Class 50 NSE Achilles
Rating 10/10 Hornby have done it again with this
fantastic little model.
Network South East 50045 Achilles
ready for working.
Class 50 Locomotive in Network south East Livery
produced: NSE, BR blue, BR Large Logo, various
names, numbers and finishes for some models.
This model is available in both Weathered and Un Weathered
finishes for some liveries.
The Hornby Class 50 is built to the same standard as it's other
super detailed models. Fine details include air pipes and
ladders with sprung buffers, fine grilles and cab detail fitted.
An interesting feature is the roof ran which sits behind a see
through mesh and turns as the loco moves. This is a feature it
shares with the same manufacturer's Class 31. When running the
Class 50 performs well. It takes to slow speeds well and due to
a heavy weight will have good pulling power.
I have tested neither this
or it's top speed but even at a third power it seems quite fast!
While heavy weight will mean good power, control and make the
Loco less likely to derail it could bring some problems.
Gradients would present a challenge to this loco and with a
seemingly high top speed it should not be run on small radius
curves. Standard practice anyway maybe but if the beast were
ever to leave the rails it would utterly demolish any scenery,
trains or fingers in it's way!
That's not to say it has to be run fast. My example being in NSE
Livery it's intended for passenger services. BR fans might run
theirs on freight duty or both. The lights are well done. A
single white headlight at either end and yellow lit headcode
boxes. Tail lights also nice and bright. The fan is nice but not
NEM couplings are included with this Loco. NEM sockets and slot
into small slits above the bogies. Livery is well applied and
weathered on this example. there was some dispute as to the grey
on the NSE version which seems to have been resolved as a
"revised" version is available. Mine being ex running stock
bought cheap it's hard to say. I think it is also DCC ready
although this is not stated on the box of my loco.
This Loco has traction tyres. It doesn't seem to need them but
they don't do any bad for it's performance. Other examples I am
told do not have them fitted. Mine might have seen alteration at
some point or be a first run off. The first is more likely I
think. Drive to all wheels and heavy weight should have been
enough. Maybe Hornby weren't confident enough in this beast? If
they weren't I am and I'd recommend it to any modeller looking
for some heavy duty power for their Layout!
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