HELJAN UNVEILS ‘OO’ GAUGE CLASS 25/3 AND ‘ETHEL’ FOR 2019
All-new Derby/Sulzer Type 2 in ‘OO’ to follow the ‘O’ gauge version. Ten versions in development – PLUS first-ever ready-to-haul (RTH) ‘OO’ models of ETHEL train heating units!
Development work is well advanced on HELJAN’s latest ‘OO’ gauge BR diesel locomotive project – the popular Derby/Sulzer Type 2 in its final Class 25/3 guise. The model will benefit from the research and development that has gone into our forthcoming ‘O’ gauge ‘25/3’ (due for release later this year) and is expected to make rapid progress towards a first release in 2019.
No fewer than TEN versions have been selected, covering a broad cross-section of BR green, BR blue and special liveries and offering a choice of London Midland, Scottish and Western Region prototypes from the mid-1960s to the late-1980s.
The model represents the final development of the 478 Derby/Sulzer Type 2s, which started with Class 24 in the late-1950s. Our model will cover the D5238-99 and D7500-D7677 batches, built by Derby Works and Beyer, Peacock of Manchester between December 1963 and April 1967.
For the first time, models will also be offered as the famous Scottish Region ‘ETHEL’ (Electric Train Heating Ex-Locomotive) train heating units converted from Class 25/3s as a short-term solution prior to the delivery of Class 37/4s in 1985. These machines later found work with InterCity’s Charter Unit, lasting into the 1990s.
The new HELJAN Class 25/3 will feature our renowned high-performance chassis with all-wheel drive and all-wheel pick-up, illuminated headcode panels and marker lights, a 21-pin DCC decoder interface and provision for DCC sound.
All the above information about this project is subject to change, but more details about the specification and pricing will be announced as the project develops. Look out for updates on the HELJAN Facebook page and in the model railway press.
HELJAN CLASS 25/3 MODELS
2530 – BR two-tone green D7645 with small yellow panels
2531 – BR two-tone green D5244 with small yellow panels – WEATHERED
2532 – BR two-tone green D7550 with full yellow ends and BR blue data panel
2533 – BR early blue D7661 with small yellow panels
2534 – BR rail blue D7667 with full yellow ends (twin double arrows – 1,000th loco built at Derby Works)
2535 – BR rail blue 25252 (LMR) with full yellow ends (single, central double arrows) and headcode panel still in place
2536 – BR rail blue 25155 (WR) with full yellow ends (single, central double arrows) and headcode panel still in place- WEATHERED
2537 – BR Rail Blue 25093 (ScR/LMR) with bodyside numbers (single, centrally placed double arrows) and ‘domino’ headcodes
2538 – BR 25912 Tamworth Castle ‘Ice Cream Van’ livery with silver roof
2539 – BR Special two-tone green D7672 Tamworth Castle
2540 – BR blue/grey ETHEL1 ADB97250
2541 – InterCity ETHEL3 ADB97252