Hornby have followed up the recent released of the 2 new superdetailed Class 08 locomotives with R2419 civil engineers Class 09 012 'Dick Hardy' diesel shunter loco. The larger image below permits more detail to be shown. With this release Hornby have covered virtually the whole prototype period with the model and 90% of modellers who cover the period from 1948 should be happy with at least one of the examples. These new Hornby class 08 models have taken the model world by storm with shortages reported across the land. And this is even before the modelling press have had an opportunity to review them. "Dick Hardy" may well prove to be the most popular of the new generation Class 08/09 models yet!
Those who are unable to obtain a new Class 08/09 shunter could consider these other two recent releases from Hornby, the R2444 BR maroon 'City of Carlisle' Princess Coronation Class Loco and the R2494 BR green 'Guillemot' Class A4 4-6-2 Locomotive. Both are released in liveries offering a wide appeal. I would remind readers that Model Rail Forum has a review of the Hornby Class A4 which includes an easy to follow DCC chip installation:-