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BR YGH Sealion 40T Ballast Hopper. Image: UKtrainSim

... well they soon will be. After the amazing success of the critically acclaimed Seacow Hopper wagons, Hornby have now announced the introduction of a range of Sealion Hopper wagons! Using various parts from the Seacow hoppers these latest additions to the Hornby fleet will be a welcome addition. The "YGH" Sealion Hoppers were indeed built in the 1970s as were the Seacows, however there were subtle variances between the two including brake differences and the fact that the Sealion bodies were riveted and not welded.

"The first of the models should be in the shops well before the end of the year" said Simon Kohler, "and I know that they will be welcomed by all modern traction enthusiasts."
There will be initially three liveries to choose from all in pristine finish and they are BR Olive Green, Departmental and Transrail with the suggested retail price of £16.50.

MRF: Bachmann had the Olive Green BR YGH Sealion 40T Ballast Hopper on their list of new models for 2006, Ref: 38-130, £18.75, due Q4. Lest see who now produces it first.
 

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Hornby will get there first is my guess. Bachmann are pretty hopeless at meeting delivery dates! Hornby obviously feel they can steal a march on their competitor. After all, Bachmann have delivered a stunning 9F to eclipse the 35 yr old Hornby offering, and will soon do the same with the class 47 and, eventually, the un-rebuilt Patriot. Ah, the benefits of the free market! Even if all the products are made in communist China ...
 
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