Postal Express Train Set

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Postal Express Train Set


Item Code: R1180

| Description

A fantastic Travelling Post Office Set with a working trackside post bag collection feature.

Before the development of the British motorway system millions of letters were shipped from town to town by railway. Many of these mail trains travelled at night and included a TPO (Travelling Post Office) coach in which bags of letters and small parcels were collected, sorted and then dropped off in bags at the relevant stations along the route. 

This set not only includes a deceptively powerful GWR 0-4-0 locomotive but also a TPO and support Clerestory brake coach. The “net” projects from the coach to scoop the mailbag from the trackside pick-up hook.

The bag is then automatically ejected into the trackside receiving bin at the place of delivery. This set also includes a MidiMat, as well as an oval of track with siding which can be extended using the Track Packs available separately.

travelling post office

Interior of a travelling post office - image by James Petts


  • - 0-4-0 Ex GWR Locomotive
  • - Operating Mail Coach
  • - Clerestory Coach
  • - Track: 3rd Radius Starter Oval, Track Pack A (with point and buffer)
  • - 1 amp Wall Plug Transformer
  • - R8206 Power Track
  • - Hornby MidiMat (1600 x 1180mm)


travelling post office

Exterior of a travelling post office showing the 'bag catcher' - image by Nilfanion

This item will be supplied with a UK transformer


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.

% Safety Notice

Colour and contents of products may vary from those illustrated

y Technical Specification & Detail

Gauge 00
Operator/Livery GWR Green
Age Suitability 3+
Wheel Configuration 0-4-0

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What age(s) is this set suitable for? Want to get my son a proper staeter set?

Posted by Simon Stephen on 24th Sep 2017


Is the engine in this set suitable for possible future conversion to DCC? I realise that it's not DCC ready, but is it feasible to retrofit the necessary chip?

Posted by Mike Gimblett on 19th Jan 2017


What's the size of the box please? I want to confirm if it will fit into the luggage.

Posted by Andy Page on 4th Jan 2017


Does this set include the track side scoop and the track side receiving bin? It doesn't say or show it on the box.

Posted by Colin Ashburn on 18th Oct 2016


does the mail coach bag catcher become activated by any automatic feature, i.e., by a trackside device? Does the bag catchers actually open?

Posted by henry Briggs on 23rd Aug 2016

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