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Hornby  R3802 LNER Class 43 HST 125 Pack 43315 and 43309 Side View

Hornby R3802 LNER Class 43 HST 125 Pack 43315 and 43309

Hornby R3802 LNER Class 43 HST 125 Power Cars Pack Car Numbers 43315 and 43309 - Era 11
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Part Number: Hornby R3802
Our Price: £249.99

Hornby  R3802 LNER Class 43 HST 125 Power Cars Pack 43315 and 43309 - Era 11


Both units were built at Crewe, being delivered in early 1979; 43309 on 20 January and 43315 on 10 March, but initially the vehicles were formed into different sets and numbered 43109 and 43115 respectively. Both have shared similar naming conventions, as Yorkshire Evening Press and Yorkshire Cricket Academy, then as Scone Palace and Aberdeenshire, but both are currently unnamed in LNER service.

Originally conceived as a cheaper, more reliable alternative to the Advanced Passenger Train in the early 1970s, the British Railways Board authorised the development of a prototype High Speed Diesel Train with two locomotives designated as Class 41. These aerodynamic power cars were constructed by BREL at their Crewe Works and emerged in June and August 1972, fitted with Paxman Valenta 12RP200L engines, developing 2,250 hp.

In 1987, for trial purposes, eight of the Class 43s were converted for use as Driving Vehicles with the Class 89 and Class 91 locomotives. The power cars were fitted with buffers and Time Division Multiplex (TDM) equipment that allowed them to directly control the other locomotive. Following the delivery of Mark 4 stock, the TDM equipment was removed and the power cars reverted to their normal duties.

During the late 1990s, twenty five of the Class 43s were updated with Paxman 12VP185L engines in an attempt to reduce fuel consumption and emissions; however these proved to be less reliable in service than was hoped. The HST fleet has seen many changes to the operating companies since privatisation in 1993, but Class 43 driven sets continue to operate nationwide, courtesy of First Great Western, Virgin East Coast, East Midlands Trains, Grand Central, Cross-Country and Network Rail.


Technical Specification of the model




2 x 235mm

DCC Type

DDC Ready but Dual TTS Digital Sound Fitted with Mega Base Speakers available at an additional cost of £100. Please send email to sales@insidelinemodels.com requesting this option to be added to your order.


Bi-directional front white (3 of) rear red (2 of)


Era 11 – Post - privatisation


LNER East Coast Main Line


Sir Kenneth Grange

Entered Service


Minimum Curve



5 Pole Skew Wound

Wheel Configuration


No of Axles Driven

Motorised Car – 4 driven through double flywheel and Cardan driveshafts


Detailed and internal LED lighting with manual opening cab doors


Drive on all axles of the motorised car using Cardan shafts coupling from motor to drive boggy gearboxes.

Build Structure

Plastic body and cast alloy chassis on the motorised car with plastic chassis on the non-motorised car. Roof body and bogie detailing. Mainly this for locos, but Hornby Railroad can be all plastic. variable by model

Age Suitability

14+ years