East Coast Express Train Set

East Coast Express Train Set


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East Coast Express Train Set


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Many of the B17 locomotive class were named after football clubs and invariably held a special place in the hearts of local communities associated with a football club of the same name. On many occasions local football supporters were conveyed to the ‘away’ match by their namesake engine, usually cleaned and polished to pristine condition for the day’s outing. This set is representative of just such a typical East Coast Express train and would have been a familiar sight on the Eastern Region of British Railways during the mid to late 1950s.

The track circuit in this set can be extended to fully complete the included MidiMat layout by using additional track and accessory packs, creating an exciting and fully functioning model railway. 


What's in the Box!?


Rolling Stock

BR Class B17 'West Ham United'

BR MK1 Corridor Composite Coach

BR MK1 Brake 2nd Class Coach


Track and Accessories

3rd Radius Starter Oval

Train Controller (R8250)

Wall Plug Transformer (P9000W)

Power Connecting Track (R8206)

Hornby MidiMat (1600 x 1180mm)



Hornby is a household name and is famous as the UK's brand leader in the model railway hobby with its high quality 00 gauge (1:76) models and accessories.

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Gauge 00
Finish Satin
DCC Type DCC Ready
Class B17
Age Suitability 3+

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East Coast Express

Nicely finished set, but I agree with the other two published reviews that the set would benefit from a third coach - possibly a brake coach - and a siding. That used to be the norm for a Hornby set of this price/quality, and indeed the Hornby website still shows a photo of this set WITH the points/siding pieces, as it was when originally released in 2018/9

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1950s Football special

Evoking memories of Saturday afternoon football specials, this is a lovely set to get into model railways, bringing together children's love of football, and steam engines.
Whilst West Ham United may not be everyone's choice of loco, it's a great basis for trying your hand at loco renumbering - I can't see Hornby ever producing Sunderland, so I'll be having a go myself on this one.
Despite being the Railroad version of the B17, it has a great motor, and is smooth and powerful. There's plenty of scope for detailing, but it's nice to see the glass in the site and front windows.
The MK1s are lovely models, and particularly suited to the blood and custard livery. Two coaches seems to be the norm now for starter sets, but I do think the lack of Track Pack A is a bit of a retro step for new modellers wanting to upgrade their layout to the full track pack.
Maybe Hornby could provide a hefty discount on TP-A in the form of a voucher in these starter sets. Encouraging people to expand?
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East Coast Express - a bit over Priced :|

For £174.99 - a little over priced for what you get - you don't even get a siding or an extra Carriage, with that box that size I would expect a siding & a extra Carriage - you get a siding with the West Coast Highlander, Flying Scotsman & the Gloucester City Pullman just to name a few - the only thing extra is the Red Plastic Railer (& you don't put that in the Contents list on the E. C. E. Web Page either!!!) Apart from that a Good mid-sized Runner & I like the little red, gold & light blue colours underneath the name plate & above the middle wheel - nice touch!!! :)

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