Heljan adds ‘O’ gauge Class 58

Visitors to Warley were the first to see a surprise addition to Heljan’s ‘O’ gauge range of British outline diesel locomotives; the Class 58. This all-new model has been produced in response to strong demand from ‘O’ gauge modellers.


British Rail Engineering Ltd (BREL) built 50 Class 58s in 1983-1987 to a modular design aimed at the export market. For much of their career they were based at Toton depot near Nottingham and deployed on merry-go-round coal trains between East Midlands collieries and power stations.

In 1994, the fleet transferred to Mainline Freight and quickly expanded its range across the south-east of England and to a more diverse range of freight traffic including Ministry of Defence, oil and china clay slurry workings. In 1996, the fleet was absorbed by EWS and although it was expected to form a key part of the company’s long-term plans, withdrawal took place between 1999 and 2002. EWS and its successors exported many 58s to France, Spain and the Netherlands for further use.


Features of the new Heljan ‘O’ gauge Class 58 include a ‘plug-and-play’ DCC interface (ESU LokSound XL #58515 decoder required – not supplied), powered roof fans (independently controlled in DCC mode), LED lighting with independently switchable headlight, cab interior and taillight functions, provision for a DCC activated smoke unit and a large speaker, sprung buffers/couplings, detailed cab interior and much more.


All models will be supplied with three alternative sets of cab door handrails or etched metal baffle plates allowing locomotives to be tailored to specific liveries/timescales.


Six liveries will be available on general release from Heljan stockists with a further locomotive in Mainline blue livery available as part of the Gaugemaster Collection. Two more versions will be available exclusively from Tower Models who specialise in ‘O’ gauge.


Prices are set at £729 for pristine models and £749 for factory weathered models.


Visit Heljan for more information.

58042, Ironbridge Power Station BR Railfreight large logo 5850 (TM)
58014, Didcot Power Station BR Trainload Coal (triple grey) 5852 (TM)
58034, Bassetlaw BR Railfreight large logo 5855
58021, Hither Green Depot Mainline blue 5856 (GM)
Unnumbered BR Railfreight large logo 5851
Unnumbered BR Trainload Coal (triple grey) 5853
Unnumbered EWS maroon/gold 5854
Unnumbered Mainline grey 5857
Unnumbered BR triple grey (no logos) 5858

Note: TM - Tower Models exclusive / GM - Gaugemaster Collection exclusive