Heljan has announced that it is developing a brand new ‘OO’ gauge Class 47 Co-Co diesel for release in 2021.
The new model will initially cover the Class 47/0s, 47/3s and 47/4s with future capability to model later variants including the 47/7s with cutaway bufferbeams.
The new tooling will replace the previous Heljan ‘OO’ gauge model which dates back to the early 2000s which is no longer fit for production. The new model will use research and design work undertaken for Heljan’s new ‘O’ gauge model of the Brush Type 4. The latter is now at the tooling stage.
Features of the new 47 will include LED lighting, provision for DCC sound and detail variances. Heljan plans to cover a wide range of liveries from the 1960s to the present day.
In its launch statement Heljan said: “We plan to release models in phases over the coming years, starting with Class 47/0s for the BR green and BR blue eras and Class 47/0s, 47/3s and 47/4s for the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Future releases will cover other popular versions including the ScotRail Class 47/7s, refurbished Railfreight Distribution and Rail express systems (Res) locomotives with cutaway bufferbeam cowling and more contemporary machines depicting locomotives still in main line service.
“All major liveries will be covered, as well as numerous special liveries, ‘one-off’ variations and unofficial embellishments according to customer demand.
“Detailed design work is in progress and the first releases are expected in 2021. More information on planned releases, detailed technical specifications, prices and expected release dates will be announced as soon as they are confirmed.”
The image shown is the CAD drawing for the ‘O’ gauge Class 47.