Hornby’s fourth and final ‘Grid’ from last year.
THE LAST OF the 2007 range of Class 56s to be released is EWS maroon and gold livered No. 56059, a Doncaster-built machine (Cat Ref. R2648, RRP £95.00, also available in DCC decoder fitted version, Cat Ref R2648X, priced £110.00).
No. 56059 is the only one of the new ‘Grids’ to exhibit the distinctive ‘Loadhaul’ modified cantrail grilles and the No. 2 end and will thus be much in demand for late privatisation era repaints. The body and cab are generally identical to the later Crewe-constructed examples, thus this loco is suitable for modification, with only minor detailing, to represent any locos from Nos. 56060-135.
The new Type 5 also sports ‘V’ style radio aerials (although the real loco had a ‘T’ version at the No. 2 end) and, sadly, the same poor representation of the original style of headlight (fitted to Nos. 56001-60) as Hornby’s Romanian example.
The only other minor gripe is with the shade of EWS maroon, which looks a little flat and lifeless. Otherwise, this is an excellent addition to the new selection of Class 56s.
See the current issue (REM46) of RAIL EXPRESS Modeller for the full review.