Hornby Western Master train set unboxing

Hornby Western Master train set unboxing

Looking to take the leap into the world of Hornby trains, or simply considering making the big move to a DCC set up from an analogue one? We understand that it can sometimes be a bit daunting and complex, so we’ve made the following video to show you that it’s a lot easier than you may think! In it, you’ll get to see exactly what comes in one of our digital train sets (The Hornby R1173 Western Master with E-Link), and we’ll talk you through each piece, so you know what does what.

If you’d like more information on the Railmaster software, then have a look through our blog post here.
For more detailed instructions on how to program a digital locomotive using Railmaster, we’ve written an easy to follow how-to here.
If you’ve already got a digital set up but want to upgrade a DCC ready locomotive, then have a look at our how-to article where we show you how to correctly fit a decoder.
Last but not least, if you want to see our full range of Hornby products, click here.

As always, if you’ve got any thoughts or questions that you’d like to share with us, please leave a comment below and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.


  • How would you make smoke come out of the train? Which trains and how you can do it? On any digital locomotive.

    • Hi Grant, you’d need to fit a smoke generator to make smoke come out of the locomotive as it moved. As far as we know, modern Hornby trains don’t come equipped with smoke generators pre-installed.

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