Heljan's new 'O' gauge Class 26 breaks cover
Heljan has received the first Engineering Prototype (EP) sample of its forthcoming 'O' gauge Class 26 Bo-Bo (HM162), which has also been hand-painted by Brian Daniels to provide a taste of what is to come.
This initial sample represents one of the class with headcode discs and tablet catchers, while two further body styles will be offered including examples without tablet catchers and in refurbished form without headcode discs. The models will also be offered with 'car headlights', as featured on the prototypes that worked north of Inverness to Wick, Thurso and Kyle of Lochalsh in the 1970s and 1980s.
Heljan's impressive specification includes a twin-motor set-up, all-wheel drive, sprung buffers, separately fitted windscreen wipers, wire handrails, etched metal grilles, sandpipes together with separately switchable cab, tail and engine room lights.
Nine versions are planned, including three numbered examples as 5338 in early BR blue (Cat No. 2677), 26027 in weathered BR blue (2679) and 26025 in weathered BR Railfreight 'red stripe' livery with Eastfield logo (2683). The remaining six unnumbered models will appear in BR green with tablet catcher recess (2675), BR green with small yellow panels and tablet catcher recess (2676), BR blue with Inverness headlights (2678), BR blue with dual brakes (2680), BR Railfreight 'red stripe' with white cantrail stripe (2681) and BR 'Dutch' grey and yellow (2682).
Prices are set at £599 each, with delivery anticipated in late 2021.
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