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First Glimpse of Stephenson’s Rocket Train Packs

First Glimpse of Stephenson’s Rocket Train Packs

Posted by Callum Hosking on 1st Feb 2020

Hornby have unveiled the packaging for their upcoming release of the Stephenson's Rocket Train Packs, along with a first glimpse of the product in detail. 

Pre-orders of these products at Little Train Shop is antipacted to be released in February/March 2020. We're currently waiting on ordering and pricing confirmation before we release pre-orders.  More information can be found below:


Hornby R3809 Limited Edition Version

Hornby R3810 Main Range Version

Hornby R3809 Limited Edition Version PackagingHornby R3810 Main Range Version Packaging

The Stephenson's Rocket Train Pack will be available in two versions; on the left (red box) is R3809 which comes as a Tri-ang Railways Package and is exclusively limited to 1500 pieces world world, and on the right (yellow box) is R3810 which is Hornby's main range version. 

Hornby states, "The packaging of the new products has been carefully considered to present the Rocket and First Class coaches in the best possible way, regardless of whether they will be displayed on a shelf, or run on a layout." 

Hornby have also released the names of the coaches that will appear in each addition. R3809 Stephenson’s Rocket Train Pack Centenary Year Limited Edition features Rocket with the First Class coaches ‘Times’, ‘Despatch’ and ‘Experience’, as well as two crew members and R3810 Stephenson’s Rocket Train Pack, which features the First Class coaches ‘Globe’, ‘Renown’ and ‘Wellington’, along with two crew members.


Hornby have unveiled photos of their model at various angles, presenting a proud achievement of the updated tooling undergone to bring this model to life. 

Further to these product images, Hornby have also unveiled the clever design for hiding the digital decoder in this small locomotive. The 6-pin DCC decoder has been placed within the water barrel on the Rocket’s tender for ease of access.


Stephenson's Rocket was an early steam locomotive of 0-2-2 wheel arrangement. It was built for, and won, the Rainhill Trials held by the Liverpool and Manchester Railway in 1829 to choose the best design to power the railway.

Rocket was designed by Robert Stephenson in 1829, and built at the Forth Street Works of his company in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Though Rocket was not the first steam locomotive, it was the first to bring together several innovations to produce the most advanced locomotive of its day. It is the most famous example of an evolving design of locomotives by Stephenson that became the template for most steam engines in the following 150 years.

The locomotive was preserved and displayed in the Science Museum in London until 2018. It was loaned to Newcastle Discovery Museum between 22 June and 9 September 2018, to the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester from 25 September 2018 to 8 September 2019, and moved to the National Railway Museum in York later in 2019. – [information supplied by Wikipedia, February 2020]

BUILDER Robert Stephenson and Company
WEIGHT 4.3 Tons
OPERATORS Liverpool and Manchester Railway (L&MR)
Brampton Railway
DUTIES Passenger
LAST SERVICE 1840 (estimate)