Hornby R2663L 90024 First Scotrail Class 90
Hornby R2663L 90024 First Scotrail Caledonian Sleeper Class 90 Electric Locomotive DCC Fitted From R2663 Train Pack together with 3 Mk 3 Sleeper Coaches of the Caledonian Sleeper Train Pack Numbers 10680, 10648 and 10693. DCC Fitted with (Directional Lights By Express Models)
The DCC fitted decoder operates, using (F0, and the direction selection), white directional lights at both ends of the train. Red tail lights are fitted with one end operated by F1 and the other end operated by F2. Please see picture showing these effects and the condition of the train.
Please note on the Hornby R2663L and R2663A models the Pantagraphs have a tendacy to want to stay up once out of the box.
The foam box interior has had a tape repair with the locomotive holding section being previouly separated.
Caledonian Sleeper is the collective name for overnight sleeper train services between London and Scotland, in the United Kingdom. It is one of only two sleeper services on the railway in the United Kingdom, the other being the Night Riviera.
Two services depart London Euston each night from Sunday to Friday and travel via the West Coast Main Line to Scotland. The earlier departure divides at Edinburgh into portions for Aberdeen, Fort William and Inverness. The later departure serves Edinburgh and Glasgow splitting at Carstairs. Five London-bound portions depart from these destinations each night, combining into two trains at Edinburgh and Carstairs.
Since April 2015, the Caledonian Sleeper has been a standalone franchise operated by Serco. Prior to this it was part of the ScotRail franchise. In 2019 a new fleet of Mark 5 carriages replaced the existing carriages.
The Caledonian Sleeper
The overnight service was relaunched as the Caledonian Sleeper from 4 June 1996. Each portion had its own identity, with the Night Caledonian to Glasgow, Night Scotsman to Edinburgh, Night Aberdonian to Aberdeen, Royal Highlander to Inverness and West Highlander to Fort William. On 31 March 1997 it become part of the ScotRail franchise which was initially operated by National Express. They continued to use the Mark 3 sleeping cars that had been operated by British Rail but did not have suitable locomotives. These were hired from Virgin Trains until March 1998 when English, Welsh and Scottish Railway (EWS) took on the contract.
Seated carriages were added to the sleeping cars from January 2000 using 11 former Virgin Trains Mark 2 carriages that were refurbished at Wolverton Works and fitted with first class-style reclining seats.[ At the same time the sleeping cars were refurbished and given ScotRail's purple and blue livery.
The ScotRail franchise (including the Caledonian Sleeper service) was transferred to FirstGroup on 17 October 2004. The rolling stock and locomotive contracts remained unchanged however the carriages and three EWS Class 90 locomotives were painted in FirstGroup's corporate blue, pink and white livery.
In 2012 the Scottish Government announced that as part of the reletting of the ScotRail franchise from April 2015, the Caledonian Sleeper would be operated by a separate franchise.In June 2013, Transport Scotland announced Arriva, FirstGroup and Serco had been shortlisted to bid for the new franchise. The franchise was awarded to Serco in May 2014. They were to invest £100 million in new trains including 'en suite' rooms and a new style of club car. Existing Mark 2 and Mark 3 coaching stock was to be replaced by 2018. Serco Caledonian Sleepers Limited took over the operation of the train on 31 March 2015.
In December 2015 staff called a two-day strike because of health and safety concerns with the trains then in use.