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Heljan reveals Class 25/3 for ‘OO’


Heljan has announced that it will be producing a brand new ready-to-run ‘OO’ gauge model of the Class 25/3 Bo-Bo diesel locomotives with release anticipated in 2019.

Development of the ‘OO’ gauge Class 25/3 is benefitting from the research for the manufacturer’s ‘O’ gauge model of the same class which is due to arrive with Heljan retailers in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Heljan’s Class 25/3 models the final version of the BR Sulzer Type 2 built at Derby and Beyer, Peacock of Manchester between December 1963 and April 1967. It will feature all wheel pick up, directional lighting, a 21-pin decoder socket and provision for digital sound installation.

Ten versions are planned in the first batch covering BR green, blue and special liveries as well as locomotives from the London Midland, Scottish and Western regions throughout the classes career. In addition the Scottish Region ‘ETHEL’ (Electric Train Heating Ex-Locomotive) train heating units converted to work with no-heat Class 37s will also be modelled.

The full list of new Class 25/3s consists of:

D7645 in BR two-tone green with small yellow warning panels (Cat No. 2530).
D5244 in BR two-tone green with small yellow warning panels (Cat No. 2531).
D7550 in BR two-tone green with full yellow ends and BR blue data panels (Cat No. 2532).
D7661 in BR early blue with small yellow warning panels (Cat No. 2533).
D7667 in BR blue with yellow ends and two double arrows – the 1,000th locomotive built at Derby Works (Cat No. 2534).
25252 (LMR)in BR blue will full yellow ends, single double arrows and headcode panels (Cat No. 2535).
25155 (WR) in BR blue with full yellow ends, single double arrows and headcode panels – weathered finish (Cat No. 2536).
25093 (ScR/LMR) in BR blue with bodyside numbers, single double arrows and ‘domino’ headcodes (Cat No. 2537).
25912 Tamworth Castle in ‘Ice Cream Van’ livery with silver roof (Cat No. 2538).
D7672 Tamworth Castle in BR special two-tone green livery (Cat No. 2539).
ETHEL1, ADB97250, BR blue and grey (Cat No. 2540).
ETHEL3, ADB97252, BR InterCity livery (Cat No. 2541).

The CAD drawing work for the ‘OO’ gauge Class 25/3 is at an advanced stage, but a retail price is yet to be announced by Heljan.

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