From the Suffolk Gazette, via N Gauge Forum:
Hornby celebrates Greater Anglia franchise with Rail Replacement Bus Set
Could it be an inspired release by the ailing Hornby company? Maybe the article’s author’s name gives a clue…..
By Casey Jones, Railways Correspondent
And the illustration of the box is pure genius. Perhaps the spelling is a giveaway that this is not quite for real…..
However, it still has potential.
Model railway giant Hornby has celebrated Greater Anglia’s franchise win with a special Rail Replacement Bus Set. The limited edition double-decker bus can be placed next to any Greater Anglia station – providing hours of playtime fun as you imagine frustrated travellers cramming on board for a trip to London.
Each set comes with two buses, a hate mob of passengers, harassed staff, a section of broken track – and even a tannoy so the mob can be controlled.
A Hornby insider told the Suffolk Gazette: “Ever since Frank Hornby started the company in 1901 we have sought to produce the most lifelike rail models in the world. Greater Anglia is quite a challenge, however, because it does not have many trains that actually work properly. We tried recreating antiquated units that broke down all the time, but couldn’t do it. Then our product team came up with the idea of a Rail Replacement Bus Set, given that Greater Anglia seems to use so many of them – especially at weekends.”
Mind you, I’m not sure what they’d include in a Southern Railways themed set….