Hornby launches Green Progressor locomotive to celebrate HS2 rail freight milestone


Rail freight UK

The iconic British model railway maker Hornby has now released The Green Progressor as one of its latest model locomotives. This is to celebrate the recent milestone that HS2 has moved 10 million tonnes of material to and from its sites by rail. Hornby’s The Green Progressor model locomotive is 76 times smaller than the original, preserving its place in history alongside other classic model locomotives such as ‘Flying Scotsman’,  ‘Mallard’ and ‘Rocket’.

The Green Progressor is one of our Class 66 locomotives, number 66796. It was rebranded in 2021 to mark the opening of the HS2 London logistics hub. The livery promotes the environmental benefits of delivering construction materials by rail instead of road and the locomotive itself was named ‘The Green Progressor’ by 17-year-old HS2 superfan, Jermaine Allen from Leeds.

Jermaine Allen joined GBRf, Network Rail, other freight operators and aggregate businesses, involved with moving material for HS2, at an event last month to celebrate the 10 million tonnes milestone. It is now expected that HS2 will move 20 million tonnes of aggregate across the Phase One programme, removing three million lorries from the strategic road network on 30,000 freight trains.

Hornby’s The Green Progressor model will be on show later this month at Rail Live 2023 in Warwickshire and is currently available to purchase directly from Hornby.