Class 58 models in ‘OO’ gauge: HORNBY
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the first Class 58 to appear in model form was Hornby’s Railfreight liveried 58001 which hit the shelves between 1984 and 1989 – the same time that the real 1:1 examples were being built in Doncaster Works!
Since that time, many variants have followed with different running numbers and in the various liveries carried by the class during their working life in the UK. Whilst the models lacked the most intensive detail, at least the fleet had made an entry into the market allowing layouts to be dreamt up featuring a truly industrial ‘modern’ scene (or at least what was ‘modern’ back then!).
Obviously, as the years progressed, modellers became more and more interested in making their layouts as near realistic as possible. The Class 58 by Hornby unfortunately was quite a basic model by the standards now being set, but thanks to a set of detailing kits, a slightly more realistic looking loco could now be achieved. With these standards getting higher and higher year on year, will Hornby look at re-tooling their model to compete with the recent Heljan release? Only time will tell!
Below is a full list of known Hornby Class 58 model productions, including two models that were planned, but never made it:
|Loco No.||Livery||Details||Released||Cat. No.|
|Mainline Blue||Both named locos.
58005 dummy unit.
Both locos weathered.
|58007||Railfreight||Number both ends
|58007||Railfreight||Number one end
|58008||Mainline Blue||NOT MADE||R2071|
|58021||Mainline Blue||“Hither Green Depot”||1997||R2011B|
|58023||Mainline Blue||“Peterborough Depot”||1997-1998||R2011A|
|58024 & 58037||EW&S Maroon (024);
EWS Maroon (037)
|58033||EW&S early maroon||2003-2004||R2346|
|58041||Trainload Coal||Named & weathered||2003-2004||R2252A|
|58046||Trainload Coal||“Thornaby Colliery”||2003-2004||R2345|
|58047||Trainload Coal||“Manton Colliery”||2004||R2252B|
|58048||Railfreight red-stripe||Ex-R887 set||1994||R262|
|58048||EW&S Maroon||NOT MADE||R2072|
|58050||Trainload Coal||“Toton Traction Depot”||1989||R705|
|58050||Mainline Blue||“Toton Traction Depot”||1996||R358|
|58050||Trainload Coal||Named & weathered||2002||R2252|