Hornby Model Railway Locomotive Reviews -
Class 67 (Rising Star 67027)
The Hornby class 67 is based on the Lima tooling
acquired when Hornby purchased Lima. The class 67 is not the
most beautiful locomotive but I cant hold this against the
Although this model lacks some detail this model is fully
fictional under the bonnet so to speak. The Hornby Class 67
comes with all wheel drive, powered by a 5 pole skew wound
This model is DCC Ready and comes with the
usual DCC chip sleeve.
It has no traction tires and and has pickups on all wheels.
Tested on DC operation it had excellent slow speed control as
well as a respectable top speed. The loco managed tight corners
and standard points with no problem and seems to have more than
enough power and weight to pull a descent sized train. I have
not yet tested it on DCC operation but I would expect it to be
very similar to DC operation
note: When also tested using a DCC
controller using the DC control option it was very noisy and
slow. I would not recommend this method of control but then as
it is DCC ready it is simple enough to fit a DCC chip.
This model has directional front lights only.
This is not necessarily a problem as it should spend most of its
time pulling coaches or wagons.
At first glance it looks like a very highly detailed loco but
when you look closer you realise that the grills are painted on
and you cant see through them. The most detailed part of this
model seems to be the bogies which do look nice.
This model only comes with standard tension lock
couplings which can be removed if like me you prefer not to have
a coupling on the front of the loco. Detailing features on this
model include glazing flush with the body work, window wipers,
detailing pack (includes break hoses chain couplings), moulded
exhaust manifold, and detailed bogie. This model does not have
sprung loaded buffers.
The interior of the cab is poor with no driver
and no room for one to be put in because the floor of the cab is
about the same height as the window. I believe this the result
of the transfer box which transferring the power from the motor
(mounted in the middle) to the bogie intruding in to the cab
5 pole screw wound
All wheel Drive
All wheel pickup
Overall: I was tempted to give this model a
"Recommended" rating but it had too many minor limitations (cab detail, standard
couplings) that I could only give it 7 out of 10. I think it is unlikely that
this model will be improved any more in the short turn as their are many other
models crying out for retooling like the class 37, 56 (soon to be released), and
Class 67 Pictures:
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