There is news of several special edition and limited edition sets that Hornby have produced for the mail order market. The sets contain locomotives that appear to be unique and with the liveries having certain nuances that are not often seen. The rolling stock also appears unique to these sets and so they may appeal to collectors as well as the newcomer to the hobby.
Exclusive to Boogaloo, this 60th anniversary VE Day train set is limited to only a thousand. It was magnificent trains like this one that brought our boys home from the battlefields of World War II back to jubilant street parties 60 years ago. Attention to detail is striking: The super-detailed LMS locomotive boasts sprung buffers, wartime black livery with a weathered finish. It also includes 2 weathered LMS composite coaches and 1 weathered brake coach. Looking at the images it is not clear which loco it is so any news on this would be appreciated. It could be a weathered example of "City of Edinburgh" which has not been modelled by Hornby previously.
The Northern Belle set, exclusive to Clifford James, recreates the luxury and romance of the original Pullman 'Belle' trains of the 1930's. The set contains the detailed Princess Coronation Class model locomotive, 'Duchess of Sutherland' hauling three extensively modified mk2 Pullman coaches - 'Glamis', 'Warwick' and a 'Mk 2D Brake' coach.
This specially commissioned top-of-the-range Hornby train set, exclusive to Clifford James, includes a reproduction of the LMS 'Princess Elizabeth' Locomotive and tender plus, HM The Queen's personal saloon car, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh's personal saloon car and their sleeper/brake coach as used to transport The Queen & Prince Phillip during their tours of the United Kingdom.
This set from Hornby, exclusive to Boogaloo, showcases the world famous Mallard decked out in a distinguished and rarely seen green BR livery. Still the fastest steam train ever, recorded at 125mph, this unique set includes a super-detailed Mallard along with a rake of four equally elegant Carmine and Cream BR carriages. Hornby collectors should note that Mallard is offered on general release in LNER Garter blue this year. The loco has the early crest on the tender.