Heljan confirms ‘OO’ Class 86/2 plans

Heljan has confirmed that it is adding ‘OO’ gauge Class 86/2 Bo-Bo electrics to its roster in 2023, to join the recent AL6 and Class 86/4 versions of its new tooling for the AC electrics.


Two versions of the model will depict the 100mph passenger/parcels Class 86s in the late 1970s to mid-1980s guise prior to the addition of headlights/TDM cables and for the late 1980s period onwards the models will feature high-intensity headlights and TDM cables. These latter models will be available with either Faiveley or Brecknell-Willis pantographs. Engineering Prototypes are expected to arrive in the UK for review in early 2023.

A total of eight liveries will be available on general release via Heljan stockists with a further Gaugemaster Collection special edition of 86235 Novelty in ‘Rainhill 150’ livery available from Gaugemaster stockists.

The main production locomotives for release are 86253 The Manchester Guardian in BR blue, 86204 City of Carlisle in InterCity Executive colours, 86238 European Community in InterCity Swallow, 86240 Bishop Eric Treacy in Virgin Trains red/grey, 86259 Les Ross in BR electric blue, 86261 Rail Charter Partnership in EWS red/gold, 86701 Orion in Colas Railfreight and 86260 in Anglia Railways colours.

Standard features will include a 21-pin Digital Command Control (DCC) interface, LED lighting with independently switchable tail light function, provision for DCC sound, sprung buffers, highly detailed underframe, bogies and more.

Prices are set at £254.95 each, with delivery anticipated in late 2023.

Visit Heljan for more information.