Heljan reveals Class 104 DMU for 'OO'
Heljan has announced that it is developing a ready-to-run 'OO' gauge model of the popular BR Class 104 Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU).
Built by the Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Company, they were introduced on London Midland Region and North East Region services in the late 1950s. Through the years they enjoyed a wide sphere of operations, especially in the Midlands and north of England. They are probably best remembered for use on Manchester to Blackpool and Manchester to Buxton services, but in later life one also appeared in the West Highlands of Scotland and others headed further south to Network SouthEast territory.
Heljan's new 'OO' gauge model is currently at the design stage and will be available as two-car and three-car units. It is set to feature a low-profile mechanism in one vehicle, 21-pin DCC decoder socket, switchable interior and exterior lighting, provision for DCC sound, separately applied handrails, metal buffers and more. Factory-fitted sound options are being considered.
Nine different models are planned as follows:
- Three-car M50422+M59134+M50426 in BR early green with BR lion and wheel emblem (Cat No. 1450)
- Three-car M50478+M59186+M50530 in BR green with speed whiskers and BR coaching stock roundels (1451)
- Two-car E50598+E56189 in BR green with small yellow panels (1452)
- Three-car M50436+M59141+M50488 in BR blue with full yellow ends and headcode panel (1453)
- Three-car M50472+M59180+M50524 in BR blue with 'Blackpool' white stripe (1454)
- Two-car M53421+M53529 in weathered BR blue with white cab roof and Network SouthEast flashes (1455)
- Two-car SC53424+SC53434 in ScotRail 'Mexican Bean' white and red (1456)
- Three-car BX487 (M53424+M59207+M53434) in BR blue and grey (1457)
- Two-car L701 (53437+53479) in revised Network SouthEast livery (1458).
Prices and a delivery date have yet to be confirmed.
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