BR 4-6-2 'Holland-Afrika Line' '35023' Merchant Navy (Un-Rebuilt) - BR Early with TTS Sound

BR 4-6-2 'Holland-Afrika Line' '35023' Merchant Navy (Un-Rebuilt) - BR Early with TTS Sound


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BR 4-6-2 'Holland-Afrika Line' '35023' Merchant Navy (Un-Rebuilt) - BR Early with TTS Sound


Item Code: R3382TTS

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Conceived in 1937 when Oliver Bulleid became Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Southern Railway, the Merchant Navy Class represented Bulleid’s vision for a quick accelerating, mixed traffic 4-6-2 locomotive, equally capable of hauling passenger services (such as the Golden Arrow and Atlantic Coast Expresses), or freight workings, to a speed of around 75mph.

Bulleid’s ‘air-smoothed’ design was easy to clean mechanically and hid the boiler’s external pipes and internal workings. Reaction to the new design varied, footplate staff appreciating the locomotive’s characteristics and steaming abilities, whilst the maintenance staff cursed them, multiple panels having to be removed to gain access to even the most minor of mechanical items, especially during the early life of the locomotives, as the design evolved.

Locomotive 35023, Holland-Afrika Line, entered service on November 6, 1948 at Exmouth Junction and was named at Southampton Docks on January 24, 1949 by M.A Pelt, the Managing Director of the company at the time. 35023 stayed allocated to Exmouth Junction until it was sent for its rebuild on Janyary 7, 1957.

Function list

  • F0     Headlight/rearlight
  • F1     Steam/ Steam exhaust
  • F2     Whistle long
  • F3     Whistle medium
  • F4     Whistle short
  • F5     Whistle very short
  • F6     Wheel slip
  • F7     Coal shovelling
  • F8     Blow down
  • F9     Safety valve
  • F10   Injector
  • F11   Cylinder cock
  • F12   Brake
  • F13   Blower
  • F14   Guard's whistle
  • F15   Coupler clank
  • F16   Fireman's breakfast
  • F17   Sound: chuffing/coasting
  • F18   Aux lighting
  • F19   Whistle long alternate
  • F20   Whistle passing
  • F21   Whistle medium alternative
  • F22   Whistle short alternate

Our Hornby engineers have developed a unique sound decoder that not only provides superior DCC control but also dedicated sounds associated with the locomotives that have been installed with this new sound decoder - TTS Twin Track Sound.


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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y Technical Specification & Detail

Gauge 00
DCC Type DCC Fitted
Operator/Livery BR Lined Green
Class Merchant Navy
Designer Oliver Bulleid
Age Suitability 14+
Purpose Express Passenger
Wheel Configuration 4-6-2

Special Features

  • NEM Couplings

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Not having a digital set-up I wonder if this loco can be used on DC track with sound?

Posted by IAN COAKES on 29th Nov 2015


Is this in DCC ready mode

Posted by IAN COAKES on 28th Nov 2015

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BR 4-6-2 Holland Afrika Line

This is an excellent engine for the price: 200 pound is nothing compared to some of the up market sounds you can get from Youchoos or Olivia's which would cost closer to 400 pounds. Detailing is fantastic especially in the cabin and with 22 different sound you get your moneys worth. My only critical point would be that Hornby really needs to have automatic brake squeal when the engine comes to a stop, instead of the operator having to try and make the squeal occur at exactly the right time. I assume it is an ESU chip, so in reality this should be difficult to manage. Apart from that. I love this model and can't wait for the Duchess range to come out. (which I have also pre ordered. But please...........fix the break squeal. If everyone else can do it, I know you can too! :) ... Read more

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Holland Afrika Line with TTS Sound

My long awaited Hornby Afrika Line Locomotive arrived yesterday. The model is very well detailed and brake rigging especially well done and pre-fitted. Sounds and 7 or more whistles incl a distance passing whistle are all excellent, as are the blower, safety valve, coal shovelling. Had a bit of trouble getting the wheel slip to work when I wanted it. Would have given this model 5 star but mine arrived with dirty wheels, and the copper wipers on the tender were mostly flat, such that on straight from the box the model would stall and lurch over pointwork. This morning I removed all the tender wheels and re-set the copper wipers correctly and cleaned all the wheels with meths. Re-assembled and the model now runs as it should. On balance this is a pleasing model to own but expensive at around £200... Read more

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