Here is the first model train review to come to kick-start 2013 with and here I am reviewing the Hornby R1155 Virgin Trains Alstom Pendolino Train Set which I picked up for a great price online at ModelZone. I have been meaning to get this set for a while as I do like the Class 390 Pendolino trains and the one included in this set is based on 390004 in the attractive “Alstom” livery. I have two additional trailers for this set which will make a six car formation that is seen in the test video. I would like to have seen Hornby release the additional matching “Alstom” liveried trailer cars to make the full set in the same livery, but the substituted default Virgin Pendolino carriages look okay in the formation and are not out of place. The Hornby Class 390 Pendolino model does have a working tilting mechanism as the model is designed to tilt on corners just like the real thing does on the West Coast Main Line. The train set consists of the R8250 train controller apparatus with the newer slimline transformer, an oval of track (8x R609 third radius curve track, 2x R601 double straight, 2 R600 straight pieces with a basic siding (R8213 left-hand point and a R608 single curved (often known as the “corrector” curve in sidings) piece and a standard buffer stop (the default siding is ideal for placing a stunning locomotive in for eye-candy). The set also comes with a trackmat which can be used with the additional track packs available from Hornby to create an interesting layout from the standard oval that is included with this set. So there is enough track included to get you started if you are a newcomer to this exciting hobby. The driving end trailers are DCC ready and do have a DCC 8 pin socket so you will require two decoders with an 8-pin plug harness for this model if you wish to run the train on DCC as I am going to fit two Lenz Silver decoders on this model when I upgrade it to DCC mode. I do apologise that my narration is not at its best in this video as I am recovering from a mucus bug cold that is going around. So I still need to drink more Jameson whiskey to shift the damn thing. Based on the price and what’s included with the set, I have given this train set from Hornby a perfect 10 as it is an amazing set in my opinion.
Overall Rating: 10/10.