Heljan reveals THREE new locomotives


Three new locomotives across three gauges have been announced by Heljan ahead of this weekend’s Warley National Model Railway Exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham.

Headlining the new announcements is an all-new ‘OO’ gauge model of the Class 86/0 Bo-Bo overhead electric in original condition alongside the Class 17 ‘Clayton’ Bo-Bo diesel for ‘O’ gauge and Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Baldwin 2-4-2T for ‘OO9’ narrow gauge.

The Class 86/0 follows on from the manufacturer’s 2010 released model of the later refurbished locomotives. It it to be retooled to model the fleet in as built condition and will have a 21-pin decoder socket together with original pattern bogies and under frame equipment. CAD work is reported to be complete and the first engineering samples are expected with Heljan in early 2019.

Proposed liveries including BR electric blue with and without yellow panels, BR blue with white cab roof, standard BR blue and a weathered BR blue model. Delivery is expected in late 2019 with pricing to be confirmed.

In the larger scale, Heljan’s new model of the Class 17 Bo-Bo twin-engine diesel for ‘O’ gauge is expected to be released in late 2019 as well. The specification calls for twin motor bogies, LED lighting functions, etched grilles, DCC sound compatibility and provision for an ESU smoke unit.

Design work on the 7mm scale Class 17 is complete and the first engineering sample is expected to arrive in early 2019. Four liveries are planned covering BR green with small yellow warning panels, BR green with full yellow ends, BR blue – all unnumbered – together with D8607 in BR green with small yellow warning panels and a weathered finish.

Completing its Warley trio is Baldwin 2-4-2T Lyn – Heljan’s second Lynton and Barnstaple Railway tank engine for ‘OO9’. It will model Lyn in a number of liveries including works black without numbers, L&B dark green and two versions of Southern Railway Maunsell green. Release is expected in 2020.

Heljan also updated delivery timescales for its projects. In ‘OO9’/’OO’ next to arrive are the Manning Wardle L&B 2-6-2Ts in December/January followed by the latest batch of Class 33/0s in January and the next Class 35 ‘Hymeks’ in February. The second batch of Class 07s are due to arrive in March 2019. Heljan also confirmed that the ‘OO’ GWR AEC railcar is expected in 2020 while the Class 25/3 is in tooling.

In ‘O’ gauge the GWR ’43XX’ 2-6-0 is due to be released in January 2019 followed by the Class 37/4s in February 2019. The Class 50 is on target for August/September 2019 to be followed by the Class 03 in the autumn. The Class 117, 121 and 122 are all currently expected in late 2019/early 2020 while the new versions of the Class 33 are expected around the same time. The new Class 47s for ‘O’ are due in late 2019 while the GWR AEC railcar and Class 56 are both anticipated in 2020.

Heljan is also releasing its first British outline catalogue for several years at the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition this weekend (November 24/25). Visit www.thewarleyshow.co.uk for more information.

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