Discover the Hornby Mk4 Open First Coach M number 11417 in GNER livery - Era 9. This finely crafted 1:76 scale model represents the iconic Mk4 coaches that transformed rail travel on the East Coast Main Line. Manufactured between 1989 and 1992 at Metro-Cammell's Washwood Heath factory, these coaches were designed for the electrified railway and featured cutting-edge improvements over their predecessors.
The Mk4 coaches boasted push-button operated plug-type doors, sealed gangways, and a top speed of 140mph. Drawing inspiration from the Advanced Passenger Train, they were equipped with tilting bogies and profiled sides for a smoother ride. Initially operated by GNER, the coaches were later owned by various operators under the InterCity East Coast Franchise.
A refurbishment program, known as 'Project Mallard,' took place from 2003 to 2005, introducing new seating arrangements and onboard Wi-Fi, a first for British rail services. Although primarily serving the East Coast Main Line, plans are underway to cascade the Mk4 coaches to other lines with the introduction of newer train models.
Experience the legacy of the Mk4 Open First Coach, capturing the essence of an era that revolutionized rail travel. Hornby's attention to detail ensures an authentic and captivating model that embodies the rich history of the British railway.
- 31.00cm x 5.00cm x 9.00cm