RailwayReview.co.uk

The home of Hornby, Bachmann and Heljan user reviews
 
Hornby Class 90
 
 

Username

Tom Davidson

 

Version

90001 Intercity R242 (Margate made, 3-pole motor bogie)

 

Appearance

In comparison with other electric models of this era, the layered clear plastic headlight makes for a much more realistic appearance. The paint finish is also good, although there are a few fuzzy lines and areas of overspray in certain places. The valance at the lower end of each cab is divided between the body and bogie, which detracts from an otherwise convincing model.

 

Detail

The pantograph is at the ‘robust’ end of the detail spectrum, with a set of wires and transformers also on the roof. Handrails and bufferbeam details are all moulded on, with no separately fitted parts other than the light fitting and roof details.

 

Performance

Originally, the loco was supplied with a 3-pole motor and 2 pickups on each side. This has been improved significantly with the upgrade of a 3-pole chassis made in China, which has pickups on all wheels and still retains a high top speed. Although this isn’t quite as smooth as the 5-pole version, it still performs consistently on my loft layout.

 

Maintenance

Make sure you keep all the wheels spotless if you don’t upgrade the chassis, and a very light application of oil will help keep things moving. DCC decoders must be hard wired.

 

Comments

This is another classic model from the 1990s, and as well as the attractive Intercity livery I’ve got an alternative bodyshell in RES colours. A good performer, and I really like the 3-pole chassis with 8-wheel pickup.

 

Overall ranking

8/10

 

Review Hornby Bachmann 
Copyright © 2011 RailwayReview.co.uk All Rights Reserved
View the RailwayReview.co.uk Privacy Policy