R3285TTS Hornby OO gauge LNER A4 class 'Gadwell' steam locomotive with TTS sound

R3285TTS Hornby OO gauge LNER A4 class 'Gadwell' steam locomotive with TTS sound
R3285TTS Hornby OO gauge LNER A4 class 'Gadwell' steam locomotive with TTS sound
Brand: Hornby
Product Code: R3285TTS
Reward Points: 84
Availability: Out Of Stock
Price: £99.99 £84.99
Price in reward points: 8499
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This is the £84.99 Hornby R3285TTS LNER A4 class 'Gadwell' steam locomotive with TTS sound.

 

History

1930s Britain was a place in which luxury, glamour and boundary pushing were all revered and admired, and the railway companies of this era were just as enamoured with these ideas as any industry. Stiff competition existed between them and none more so than that between LNER and LMS, operating main lines on different sides of the country and both wanting to corner the lucrative London to Scotland traffic. LNER’s Chief Mechanical Engineer, Nigel Gresley, adapted the A3 design knowing that the new locomotives would need to be capable of hauling eight or nine carriages at high speed. The LNER’s Class A4 Express Pacific locomotive epitomised the fascination of the time with its streamlined, aerodynamic casing designed to optimise the locomotive’s power and speed. During this decade the world speed record for steam locomotion was being continually broken and in June 1937 the British record was held by LMS at 114mph. LNER, determined to regain its earlier record, pulled together a crew with a reputation for running trains hard. The crew were to run the first A4 to be fitted with the Kylchap double-exhaust pipe but the record attempt was not mentioned until they were on-board. On 3rd July 1938 an LNER locomotive, “Mallard”, reached speeds of 126mph, breaking not only the British record but also the world record. The record remains unbroken to this day. The Coronation service, which was operated by LNER between London and Edinburgh, began in 1937 to mark King George VI’s Coronation. Their earlier streamlined trains had received much publicity in their silver livery and so a great deal of consideration was given to achieve an appropriately regal feel to their service’s livery. The decision, following numerous trials, was Garter Blue with wheels or Coronation Red.

What is TTS Sound?

For several years Hornby have been at the forefront of adding the dimension of sound to the world of model railways by having locomotives equipped with sound decoders.Although extremely effective such an element of realism has understandably added cost to an already highly detailed model. With the cost concerns associated with such embellishments the Hornby engineers have developed a unique sound decoder that not only provides superior DCC control but also dedicated sounds associated with the locomotives that have been installed with this new sound decoder. Classified as being fitted with TTS (Twin Track Sound) these new type sound locomotives reap the benefit of the Hornby development resulting in an amazingly low retail cost for a fully DCC Sound locomotive. Each locomotive will have no less than 16 Sound functions specific to the chosen model, including whistle/horn, start up, idling, wheel slip if appropriate plus a host of other relevant sounds.

Other info:

  • It is DCC fitted with a TTS sound chip (see above), so it will only run on a DCC controlled model railway, not a standard model railway.
  • The postage and packaging for this locomotive will cost £3.95 second class signed for and £4.60 first class signed for. Mixed with other items it may be slightly higher.

 

 










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