The Hornby R3359 is a fun, simple, little OO gauge locomotive at a low price. What’s not to like.
Interestingly, the GWR 101 class locomotive on which this delightful little loco is based has an unusual back story.
It was originally designed and built at GWR’s Swindon works as an oil-burning locomotive to demonstrate the technology and intended for light passenger service near Bristol. Unfortunately, because problems in the design it was never used on as intended and instead remained at Swindon until rebuilt as a conventional coal-burning tank engine in 1905 where it lived out its life as a works shunter until finally scrapped in 1911.
A fun, low cost, model train
As a model train, it’s ideal for use by children (it’s part of Hornby’s Railroad range), light passenger coach operation and shunting layouts and to complement the rolling stock in Hornby model train set.
It looks lovely, pulls passenger with ease and is a joy to watch and at just over £30 it’s a great value loco for anyone’s train set or model railway.
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