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NEW Scottish Locomotive!

At last, a NEW Scottish engine has just been announced by Hornby! The much requested J36 Class 0-6-0. A must for Scotish modellers three models have been announced as follows:-

R3600TTS Class J36 0-6-0 locomotive and tender, number 673 ‘Maude’ in preserved North British Railway livery, DCC fitted and with TTS sound. £164.99. Harburns introductory offer price £139.99. (expected Sept-18)

R3621 Class J36 0-6-0 locomotive and tender, number 722 in early LNER lined black livery. £139.99 Harburns introductory offer price £118.99. (expected Aug-18)

R3622 Class J36 0-6-0 locomotive and tender, number 65311 ‘Haig’ in early BR black livery. £139.99 Harburns introductory offer price £118.99. (expected Aug-18)

These will be in great demand, so don’t miss out! Pre-order your requirements NOW. Just phone or send an email and we’ll acknowledge. (Phone 0131-556 3233. Email to


The Holmes J36 (NBR Class C) 0-6-0 Locomotives.

These locomotives were designed by Matthew Holmes for the purpose of hauling freight trains and introduced to the North British Railway in 1888 as the ‘C’ Class. Not only did these sturdy little locos perform well on long distance freight trains, they were used for local and branch line passenger services and occasionally on mainline trains too.

A total of 168 were built from 1888-1900. By nationalisation in 1948, 123 had survived. Six were still in service in 1966! This was the last class of steam locomotive to work in Scotland at the end of steam in 1967. In their lifetime, the majority worked over most parts of Scotland, however some were allocated to a few sheds in England.

25 locomotives were sent to work in France in 1917-18 and on return, were named after famous military leaders and places connected with the First World War, such as: Byng, French, Somme, Mons, Plumer, Gough, Horne, Maude, Joffre, Allenby and Haig. The names were hand-painted on to the splashers above the middle driving wheels.

When the NBR was absorbed by the LNER in 1923, the class became J36.

One of the class was saved and preserved by the Scottish Railway Preservation Society at the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway – BR no.65243, originally NBR no. 673 “Maude”. It formed part of the procession of locomotives and trains in the 1980 Rainhill 150 celebrations and was a film star in 2000, appearing in “The Railway Children” remake on the Bluebell Railway in East Sussex.

NEW - now available!
Another Harburn Hobbies Special Commission - Edinburgh Corporation Leyland Titan PD2 double deck bus, Route number 29 to 'St Andrew Square' via Frederick Street and Stockbridge. Registration number JSF 655, Fleet number 240. Nearside advert 'Drinka Pinta Milka Day', off side advert 'Murray's Export Ale'. Only 1000 produced. Scale 1:76. Price £21.95. Exclusive to Harburn Hobbies.

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Harburns special wagon from Oxford!

OR76SPE006 Edinburgh Collieries Co Ltd' seven plank wagon - £10.95

Our first commissioned model from Oxford Rail is this finely detailed seven plank wagon in the attractive livery of Edinburgh Collieries Co Ltd.
Scale 1:76. £10.95

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Harburns special wagon from Bachmann

Ref 37-050S 'Devlin's' 5 plank coal wagon - £14.50

Devlin's owned a fleet of wagons which were used to supply bunker coal for the company's fishing trawlers at Granton Harbour. The body is GW green with black ironwork while the lettering is yellow with red shading.

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The Barr family have been making fizzy drinks in Scotland since 1880 and have sold their famous 'Iron-Brew' since 1901. A number of taxis have carried advertisements for Scotland's 'other' national drink featuring the striking Orange and Blue livery. Oxford Diecast were commissioned by Harburn Hobbies to produce their model of the FX4 taxi with Irn Bru branding and carrying an Edinburgh registration number - SK07 KNG. These models are available exclusively from Harburns now at only £4.25 each.


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