A train set is always a great idea for a Christmas present for all ages. It was Christmas morning in 1977 when I found myself unwrapping the new Hornby InterCity 125 train set in the classic blue and yellow livery.
During the summer family holiday to Dawlish on the south Devon coast we had seen these new brightly coloured engines, which looked the same at both ends, running along the sea wall.
This year the InterCity 125 celebrated its 40th birthday and the Hornby models are as popular as ever, having gone through the livery changes to match the full-size trains and then all the changes that came with Privatisation.
Lima produced a model in 1982 to compete with Hornby but made it to scale with correct-length coaches, with Hornby producing it in the late 1990s.
A good 1970s Hornby example can be purchased for around £40, giving you the power car, matching trailer end and a Mk. 3 centre coach. The end cars didn’t have the coupling hook so you need at least one coach between them to run. The very easily maintained Ringfield motor has helped with the success of this model and the simple directional lighting is controlled with a pair of diodes.
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