Heljan MIOG 2020 Release News

O GAUGE GOES ELECTRIC!
HELJAN ‘73/1’ IN DEVELOPMENT FOR 2022

All-new O gauge Class 73/1 electro-diesel will feature plug-and-play DCC interface, new lighting features and a wide range of authentic detail variations covering the entire career of this enduringly popular Southern Region class 

Bi-mode trains are all the rage in 2020, but HELJAN’s latest O gauge announcement looks back to a classic electro-diesel design from the mid-1960s. Now in development is for release in 2022 is a ready-to-run O gauge model of English Electric’s pioneering Class 73 – our first electric locomotive in this scale.  

Designed to operate on both third-rail electric and diesel power in non-electrified areas such as yards and depots, the Class 73s lived a relatively mundane life until they were thrust into the limelight when the new ‘Gatwick Express’ operation started in 1984. Over the years, the class has worked everything from express passenger to newspaper and mail, freight and engineering trains. The advent of Sectorisation in the mid-1980s saw the standard BR blue livery replaced by a rainbow of liveries, a trend that continues today.  

Despite a steady decline in the 1990s, these hugely versatile locomotives have seen a revival in the 21st century and continue to play a vital role hauling engineering and test trains for GB Railfreight and Network Rail on the 750V DC third-rail network and beyond. Now seen over a much wider area than in BR days, the ‘EDs’ have gained a cult following and 13 locomotives have even been rebuilt with more powerful diesel engines and modern electronics transforming them into 1,600hp go-anywhere machines.  

Our all-new model is being designed to offer a range of authentic detail variations covering the entire career of the production batch built in 1965-67, many of which are still active on the main line network and heritage railways. These will include locomotives with or without high intensity headlights and NRN radio aerials, radio pods and optional fibreglass arc shields fitted to the bogies from the mid-1980s onwards.  

Standard features will include sprung buffers, wire handrails, fine etched grilles, separately fitted buffing plates, SR 27-way multiple working cables and hoses, windscreen wipers, sandpipes, bogie and bufferbeam details. CAD work is currently in progress – regular reports will appear on the HELJAN Facebook page and in the model railway press as the project progresses. 

The new HELJAN O gauge Class 73 will feature our proven high-performance twin motor/flywheel chassis with all-wheel drive and pick-up, separately switchable cab, headcode and engine room lights, an ESU XL pin decoder interface and provision for DCC sound. Like the new HELJAN Class 26/27, these models will have ‘plug-and-play’ DCC and sound capability using ESU’s LokSound 5 XL high-power pin decoder (Ref. No. 58515, not included). 

TEN versions have been selected, covering a broad cross-section of BR, Sectorisation and Privatisation era liveries from 1965 to the present day – see below for more information. We are currently examining options for models with factory-fitted DCC sound, details of which will be confirmed separately. Suggested Retail Price (SRP) for DCC Ready models will be £625.00.  

Look out for updates on the HELJAN Facebook page and in the model railway press as this exciting project develops.  

NEW HELJAN CLASS 73/1 O GAUGE MODELS 

7300: BR Blue E6008 (small yellow panels/grey solebar) WEATHERED 

7301: BR Blue E6020 (small yellow panels)  

7302: BR Blue 73137 (full yellow ends)  

7303: BR Large Logo Blue 73114 

7304: InterCity Executive 73102 Airtour Suisse 

7305: BR Civil Engineers ‘Dutch’ grey/yellow 73108 

7306Revised Network SouthEast 73126 Kent & East Sussex Railway 

7308: EW&S red/gold 73128 

7309: Network Rail yellow 73212 

7310: GB Railfreight blue/orange 73107 Tracy 

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BRCW TYPE 2 DOUBLE-HEADER!  

CLASS 27 JOINS HELJAN O GAUGE RANGE 

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Heljan O Gauge Class 27

All-new O gauge Class 27 will feature plug-and-play DCC interface, new lighting features and a wide range of authentic detail variations covering 1960s, 1970s and 1980s locomotives.  

The first engineering samples of HELJAN’s next new O gauge diesel locomotive – the much-requested BRCW Type 2/Class 27 – are expected to arrive in the UK for review shortly. These exciting new models have been developed in parallel with our new BRCW Type 2/Class 26, with which they share many common components.  

Due for release in late-2021, this previously unannounced all-new model has been designed to offer a wide range of detail variations including boiler-fitted and non-boilered locomotives, two different designs of bogie footsteps, boiler roof grilles or plates, air tanks in the cab roof for dual-braked locos, sandbox/sandpipe variations and original or modified battery boxes.  

Other detail options will include three-piece miniature snowploughs and bufferbeam pipes/hoses appropriate for each version. As per the full size ‘27s’, one engine room window per side has been designed to be removable for extra ventilation.  

Standard features will include sprung buffers, wire handrails, fine etched metal grilles, separately fitted windscreen wipers, sandpipes, bogie and bufferbeam details.  

The new HELJAN O gauge Class 27 will feature our proven high-performance twin motor/flywheel chassis with all-wheel drive and pick-up, separately switchable cab, tail and engine room lights, an ESU XL pin decoder interface and provision for DCC sound. Like the new HELJAN Class 26, these models will have ‘plug-and-play’ DCC and sound capability using ESU’s LokSound 5 XL high-power pin decoder (Ref. No. 58515, not included). 

Eight versions have been selected, covering a broad cross-section of BR green AND blue era liveries from the early-1960s through to the late-1980s – see below for more information. Suggested Retail Price will be £599.00 for DCC Ready models. We are currently examining options for models with factory-fitted DCC sound, details of which will be confirmed separately.  

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Heljan O Gauge Class 27

NEW HELJAN CLASS 27 O GAUGE MODELS 

2770: BR Green unnumbered (small yellow panel) 

2771BR plain green 5370 (full yellow ends) WEATHERED 

2772: BR Green unnumbered (cream lining/full yellow ends)  

2773: BR Blue unnumbered (non-boilered) 

2774: BR Blue unnumbered (boiler fitted) 

2775: BR two-tone green D5382 (small yellow panels) 

2776: BR early blue D5389 (small yellow panels) 

2777: BR Blue 27032 with Highland Rail stag emblems WEATHERED

CLASS 26 RETURNS TO HELJAN O GAUGE RANGE
FOR 2021

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Heljan O Gauge Class 26

All-new O gauge Class 26 will feature plug-and-play DCC interface, new lighting features and a wide range of authentic detail variations covering 1960s, 1970s and 1980s/90s locomotives.  

The first engineering samples of HELJAN’s latest new O gauge diesel locomotive – the much-requested BRCW Type 2/Class 26 – have arrived in the UK for review. Under development since last year, these new models are now at an advanced stage.  

Due for release in late-2021, this previously unannounced all-new model features a large number of improvements over the original HELJAN O gauge Class 26 released a decade ago. Unlike that model, our new BRCW Type 2 has been designed to offer a wide range of detail variations including three different bodyshells depicting locomotives with or without a tablet catcher recess and, for the first time in ‘O’, refurbished ends without headcode discs.  

However, perhaps the most exciting development is the first ever ready-to-run model (in any scale) of the legendary Inverness Class 26s with twin headlights, as used in the Far North of Scotland in the 1970s and 1980s.  

Dependent on era and livery, models will be delivered with original boiler water tanks in place or with the later style air tanks and distinctive cradle between the bogies. Other detail options will include original or plated-over cab doors, three-piece miniature snowploughs, boiler vent grilles or plates, Inverness-style round radio pods and later NRN radio pods with square cowls. As required, models will also be supplied with a set of open or folded headcode discs, separately fitted etched metal horn cowl covers and a set of optional Class 26/0 style tapered bogie footsteps allowing customers to tailor their models to individually modified locomotives. As per the full size ‘26s’, one engine room window per side has been designed to be removable for extra ventilation.  

Standard features will include sprung buffers, wire handrails, fine etched metal grilles, separately fitted windscreen wipers, sandpipes, bogie and bufferbeam details.  

The new HELJAN O gauge Class 26 will feature our proven high-performance twin motor/flywheel chassis with all-wheel drive and pick-up, separately switchable cab, tail and engine room lights, an ESU XL pin decoder interface and provision for DCC sound. This will be the first British outline ‘O’ gauge model to have ‘plug-and-play’ DCC and sound capability using ESU’s LokSound 5 XL high-power pin decoder (Ref. No. 58515, not included). 

NINE versions have been selected, covering a broad cross-section of BR green, blue and Sectorisation era liveries from the early-1960s through to the 1990s – see below for more information. Suggested Retail Price will be £599.00 for DCC Ready models. We are currently examining options for models with factory-fitted DCC sound, details of which will be confirmed separately.  

Look out for updates on the HELJAN Facebook page and in the model railway press as this exciting project develops.  

Inverness Class 26/1 with twin car headlights 

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Heljan O Gauge Class 26

NEW HELJAN CLASS 26 O GAUGE MODELS 

2675: BR Green unnumbered (tablet catcher recess) 

2676: BR Green unnumbered with small yellow panel (tablet catcher recess) 

2677BR Blue 5338 (early version) 

2678: BR Blue unnumbered (Inverness headlights)  

2679: BR Blue 26027 WEATHERED 

2680: BR Blue unnumbered (dual braked) 

2681: Railfreight Red Stripe unnumbered (white cantrail stripe) 

2682: BR Civil Engineers ‘Dutch’ grey/yellow unnumbered 

2683: Railfreight Red Stripe 26025 (orange cantrail stripe) with Eastfield dog logo WEATHERED 

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Late style Class 26/1 with air tank cradle and refurbished ends 

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Heljan O Gauge Class 26
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Wordless Wednesday Genesis

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Motivation Monday Southern Alberta Rail

As many friends and quite a few readers know I have a thing going on ref North American and Canadian short lines.

I’ve primarily worked in HO (see above), but not long ago Chris Mears of Prince Street turned my attention towards Grant Eastman’s N gauge Southern Alberta Rail page on Facebook and his associated Youtube videos. Whilst this layout represents main line Canadian operations, the use of space, scale and the physical presentation, for me provides real encouragement in what can be achieved.

It’s fair to say the UK modelling community can be quite parochial regarding their choice of subject matter, and hence overlook or disregard layouts like this. The fact it’s a ‘foreign’ prototype for me doesn’t matter, there’s so much to learn and be inspired by, not least of which is Grant’s use of time, arguably the most transient and valuable commodity of the hobby!

It’s remarkable that the depth of the layout is as thin as ten inches in some parts, but the choice of scale, the colouring and lighting helps make the best use of the space and volume available.

Take a half hour out and watch the following video.

Southern Alberta Rail

Then try not thinking, ‘N Gauge’ hmmm…

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Wordless Wednesday Hattons Genesis

Hattons Pre Group

Hattons Genesis

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Wordless Wednesday Heljan’s o2

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Motivation Monday Ground Frame 1

Severn Models Signal Box Details

It’s a Monday and having had quite a good run of finishing man cave shelf queen projects, my attention is turning to those small completion jobs for Shelfie2. As it’s a simple one ‘engine in steam’ yard it has a ground frame and simple point levers. The etch above is a good reason to have a box for etch offcuts and unused bits from kits. Last year I used the majority of the components for detailing the Peco Highland Railway signal box.

The balance of the etch as you can see from the header, went into the spares stores.

I’ve mentioned the blogroll attached here quite often, because the modelling and writings on them are genuinely worth following, and learning from. A cracking example of the useful information within them is Geoff Forsters Lugg Valley , and it’s this post which is providing just the sort of motivation a Monday needs. Take a look!

Severn Models

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Wordless Wednesday Shelfie2

Hornby Pecketts R3427 R3694
Hornby Peckett R3694

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Motivation Monday 02 Forwards

Craftsman 02

It’s funny how this little engine has been quite the motivator.

Started as much as eight years ago, likely quite a bit more, but I can’t really remember it’s been so long! But this one for some reason just needed to be finished. Other kits ‘meh!’ And have been sold on incomplete or unstarted. This one though bagged to br done. Possibly because it was a starter kit back in the day, so if you didn’t finish it, you weren’t trying hard enough. Since completing it though it’s spurred on a good few short tasks. Subsequently a 24/1 conversion on a Bachmann 24 has now been completed and there’s a Heljan LNER 02 going through weathering at the moment too. And Shelfie3?, well that’s ticking over. Track plan and operations are sorted and working through required stock has proved interesting. It’s still not ‘landed’ yet though, the geography vs stock/location not yet giving an immediate feel that it’s right. It’s the sort of point where it’s probably better to put it away for a few weeks and then revisit it. In the meantime Shelfie2 gets its pictures taken in a week or two’s time, and there’s a few shelf wagons to complete before then. But it’s mainly due to completing the 02, suddenly the man cave shelf queens are now fair game to complete or move on. That’s a good thing!

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Wordless Wednesday, Chris Klein, Minerva Models

minerva chris-klein

Lovely bloke, he’ll be missed.

RIP

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Transformation Tuesday & The Skill Fading Shelf Queens…

We’ve all got them. Projects that get started and then ‘mature’…. I can look around the man cave and see an almost embarrassing number things that have been started and are yet to reach conclusion.

Bachmann Class 24 unmasked!

This one above is just such an example. Starting out as a standard class 24, it had the roof panels changed, Brassmasters resin headcode boxes fitted, and replacement fuel and water tanks from them too. Then it sort of stalled. I’d made a painting error too, giving it a full yellow nose whilst leaving the body side skirts attached. Having realised this it then sat there, in the ‘one day’ pile.

Craftsman O2 kit

Here’s another from a few years back, a Craftsman 02 kit, it’d just been slowly ageing in a drawer. As it matured, I’d suggest my metalwork skill regressed, and not long back I realised that when taking far too long to solder a simple joint. Whilst not the end of the world it did make me sit up and think I used to do this so easily, and not that long ago. Most of my shelf queens are there due to temporary pauses in the work flow that have got a bit less temporary as time marches on. The 02 was very useful in a way, it gave me a kick up the bum to get it completed, the only items missing were transfers, and me! Much like two of my earlier posts how-to-gain-weight and fifteen-minute-heroes/ a large part of the shelf dwelling comes down to time and using it effectively. I’m not sure there’s a silver bullet solution to it, but I’d stopped the 02 partly or mainly, (I’m not sure which), because of the transfers, both wasp stripes and BR logos.

Retrospectively there was nothing really stopping me continuing, and that only really dawned on me when I got it to the position above. However having decided it wouldn’t stall again, I ploughed on and bought the transfers, making sure the workflow wouldn’t have an excuse to cease. There’s an interesting side story to the transfers which I’ll return to in the future too.

It was a real conscious effort not to pick up anything else in the meantime, and over the course of a week I got the core of the work done. It now just needs lamp irons and marker lights to complete. What I’ve noticed is that’s beginning to annoy me, so this week it gets completed. Already another shelf queen, the 24 at the top, is on the get it done list, everything was to hand!

Perhaps the secret of ridding us of shelf queens is that simple, get all your shit in one sock before you start!

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