FIRST REVIEW: Heljan’s ‘O’ gauge Class 73

For the second month in a row, Heljan has delivered a brand-new ‘O’ gauge ready-to-run locomotive, and this striking model of the Southern Region Class 73 electro-diesel could be its best yet. MIKE WILD explains why with video of a sample running on Britain's Biggest Model Railway.

The Class 73 electro-diesels have had a strong following throughout their careers. The first were built by BR at Eastleigh Works in 1962 and designated ‘JA’, later Class 73/0, and set the template for the production of 43 locomotives at English Electric’s Vulcan Foundry between 1965 and 1967 which were classified ‘JB’ – later Class 73/1.

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