Heljan reboots the AEC railcar

Heljan reboots the
AEC RAILCAR

A brand-new model of the final batch of GWR AEC railcars has been produced for ‘OO’ gauge for the first time since the Lima version of the 1980s. MIKE WILD inspects Heljan’s new release.

It's hard to believe that the last time an all-new model of the Great Western Railway AEC railcar was attempted for ‘OO’ gauge from scratch was 41 years ago. It was 1980 and the manufacturer of the era was Lima. That model has stood the test of time and even went on to become part of the Hornby range in 2004, but while it has been upgraded with a new mechanism, it was showing its age alongside contemporary products, not least for its lack of lighting.

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