Eurostar - Class 373

Prototype

Operating company/organisation

Eurostar (LCR/SNCF/SNCB)
SNCF
GNER

Years of operation

Eurostar (channel tunnel services): 1994 - 
SNCF (TGV southern services): 1996 - 2000
SNCF (Paris-Lille services): 2000 -
GNER (London-York services): 2000 - 2005

Model

Jouef Eurostar #748300

Brand name(s)

General

Hornby & Jouef

Hornby & Jouef

Jouef

Jouef 

Lima

Manufacturer

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Mehano/Slovenia

Mehano/Slovenia

Jouef/France

Jouef/France

Jouef/France

Catalogue number

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R.543 (Hornby) & 745100 (Jouef)

R.647 (Hornby) & 745000 (Jouef)

745300

748300

106530

Pack contents

Train sets contain two power cars, two end coaches, oval of track, controller.

Train packs contain two power cars and two end coaches.

Train pack

Train set

Train set

Train pack

Train set

Livery and paint finish

The Eurostar livery is correct for channel tunnel services. The unbranded EPS livery is correct for the GNER "spare" set used between London and York.

The "spare" sets used within France have additional SNCF logos that are not represented on the models. From mid-2001, these sets have a new TGV livery.

The GNER blue/red livery is not represented on any model.

Eurostar.

Matt grey paint.

Eurostar.

Matt grey paint.

Unbranded EPS.

The white colour is unpainted plastic. No representation of the grille between the headlamps.

Unbranded EPS.

Gloss painted finish with silver embellishments.

Eurostar.

Gloss painted finish.

Driving vehicle numbers

These are all for an SNCF-owned set.

3211/3212

 3211/3212

3211/3212

3211/3212

3212/3212

Passenger vehicle numbers

These are also for the SNCF-owned set.

3212/3215

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3211/3212

3211/3212

3212/3212

Construction

All models have plastic bodies, metal chassis on power cars.

Plastic unsprung pantographs.

Plastic unsprung pantographs.

Plastic unsprung pantographs.

Coach internal details. Detailed representation of electrical equipment on power cars. Working lower head and tail lights (high-level headlight not lit). Operating twin pantographs on each power car, not wired to motor.

Plastic unsprung pantographs.

Motive power

Central 3-pole motor. One power car motorised. Pickup from all wheels of the motorised car. Traction tyres on two wheels of driven bogie(s).

No flywheels. Cardan shaft to rear bogie, geared to both axles.

No flywheels. Cardan shaft to rear bogie, geared to both axles.

No flywheels. Cardan shaft to rear bogie, geared to both axles.

Twin flywheels. Cardan shafts to both bogies, geared to both axles of the front bogie and to the trailing axle of the rear bogie.

No flywheels. Cardan shaft to rear bogie, geared to both axles.

Wheels

Blackened. Wheel diameter 10.5mm. Axle diameter 2mm. Coach axle length 25.2mm on pinpoint ends. Loco axle length 20mm on internal bearings. Back to back distance 13.8mm. Flange depth 0.8mm. Want replacement RP25/110 wheelsets for the coaches? Kadee fit and run perfectly.

Price

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Hornby: £52.50 (SMC JAN99)

Hornby: £79.50 (Hatton's AUG99)

£62.00 (Winco JUL2000)

£98.45 (Winco JUL2000)

£59.50 (Hatton's SEP99)

Availability (See Buying second-hand.)

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Discontinued.

Discontinued.

Discontinued.

Discontinued.

Discontinued.

Reviews

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Continental Modeller, September 1998

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Comments

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"The orginal version. The matt paint on these models is easily damaged." SE

"Definitely the economy version - not even budget for different numbers on each driving vehicle." SE

"The de luxe version - although the pantographs are not as fine as on other Jouef TGV models." SE

Also, there is no roll-on when you shut the power off (I don't think the flywheels are big enough); the headlights are yellow instead of white (and there aren't enough of them); and my one came factory-fresh with a ridiculously bodged faulty wheelset on one of the coaches.

"Looks good. Pity about the numbers on the driving vehicles." SE

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