|OO gauge||16,5 mm|
|gauge OO models|
|technical & model details|
|couplers||NEM 362 Kupplungsaufnahme, KKK, englische Hakenkupplungen|
|Age notice||nicht geeignet unter 14 Jahren|
|era (Great Britain)||11|
Mk4s entered service in 1989 and helped drive a significant increase in passenger traffic. With privatisation in 1996, all Mk4 coaches were sold to Evershot Rail Group who have since leased them out to the holder of the InterCity East Coast Franchise. The franchise was initially awarded to Great North Eastern Railway (GNER) and has since been operated by National Express East Coast, East Coast, Virgin Trains East Coast and London North Eastern Railway (LNER) owned by the Department for Transport.
Between October 2003 and November 2005 Bombardier Transportation, under contract from GNER, commenced refurbishment of the Mk4 stock, fitting new seating arrangements and introduced onboard Wi-Fi, a first for British rail services. This refurbishment programme was called 'Project Mallard' named after the Mallard steam locomotive, built in the 1930s by the London & North Eastern Railway and holder of the world speed record for steam locomotives.
Although Mk4 coaches have spent most of their lives on the ECML, there are plans to cascade them down to other lines due to the introduction of the Class 800 and Class 801 IEPs.
Together with Bachmann and Dapol, Hornby is the market leader in UK model railways, and has distinguished itself through numerous innovations in the model building sector as well as in layout design and control. Also noteworthy is the large number of accessories and buildings for authentic British layout design.