Heljan’s dock shunter
The Ruston and Hornsby Class 07 shunter is full of character which can be enhanced further with sound. PAUL CHETTER shows how to bring this superb Heljan model truly to life.
Above: The Ruston built Class 07s were distinctive engines with their short wheelbase and off-centre cab. On June 23 1977 07001 stands with Class 08 08203 at Southampton Docks. Graham Smith/Railphotoprints.uk.
INTRODUCED in 2018, this model by Heljan portrays the Ruston and Hornsby Class 07, which took over shunting duties at Southampton Docks from the ‘USA’ 0-6-0T steam locomotives. Like them, these distinctive locomotives had character with their short wheelbase and off-centre cab which can really be brought out in the model.