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Playtrains High Speed Train Set from Hornby

Hornby’s rail yard is expanding!

Founded in 1901 by visionary inventor Frank Hornby, this British-owned scale-model manufacturer produced its first clockwork train in 1920. A OO gauge model followed in 1938, establishing the company’s reputation for craftsmanship and innovation. Eventually listed on the London Stock Exchange, Hornby Hobbies Limited has become synonymous with model trains and has amassed a portfolio of revered brands in the last few years, ranging from Corgi to Scalextric. As of 2017, the business has been owned by Phoenix Asset Management.

Hornby is introducing the Playtrains High Speed Train Set, a brand new OO gauge offering expected to launch in October 2024. Aimed at would-be engineers ages 5 to 8, the kit not only seeks to provide endless hours of fun, but also introduces children to the exhilarating world of model railways.

“We are excited to introduce the Playtrains set to young aspiring engineers,” said Martyn Weaver, head of brand at Hornby. “With its easy build track system and interactive features, the Playtrains set provides children with a platform to unleash their creativity and immerse themselves in the world of model railways with a realistic train.”

Inside each set is an authentic 1/76 scale Junior HST locomotive and matching dummy car painted in a streamlined red-and-white livery. An easy-to-build track system helps promote creativity and problem-solving skills by making it straight-forward for children to assemble their railway layouts. And, a helpful re-railing ramp makes it a breeze for novice hobbyists to place the train on the track and get things rolling.

What stands out most about this set, however, is its interactive elements. Featuring multiple sounds and working lights, the Playtrains High Speed Train Set brings a layer of authenticity that immerses children in the hobby. There is even a battery-operated infrared controller that allows youngsters to take full control of the train, running it forward and backward at various speeds. Required, but not included, are two AAA batteries for the remote and four AA batteries for the train.

Available for pre-order now, the Playtrains High Speed Train Set is sure to captivate the hearts and minds of young enthusiasts worldwide. Priced competitively at £49.99, this quality crafted kit not only promises endless hours of entertainment but also serves as a gateway to future adventures, with the promise of additional expansion kits slated for release at a later date.

Will you be coming aboard?

Company: Hornby | Available: Fall 2024 | Where to Buy: Hornby | Price: £49.99