A third variant of our popular ‘OO’ gauge Class 86 is now in preparation for release in 2023. In response to public demand, the Class 86/2 will join the recent ‘AL6’ and Class 86/4 in the HELJAN range.
Two versions will depict the 100mph passenger/parcels ‘86s’ in late-1970s to mid-1980s guise prior to the addition of headlights/TDM cables and for the late-1980s onwards with high-intensity headlights and TDM cables. The latter will be available with either Faiveley or Brecknell-Willis pantographs. This all-new model has been produced in response to strong demand from OO gauge modellers of AC electrics and provides a perfect companion to our earlier Class 86s. Eight liveries will be available on general release via HELJAN stockists (see below), with a further special edition of 86235 Novelty in ‘Rainhill 150’ livery available from Gaugemaster stockists as part of the ‘Gaugemaster Collection’.
Suggested Retail Price (SRP) is £254.95. Standard features will match the demanding requirements of today’s OO gauge modeller, including a 21-pin DCC interface, LED lighting with independently switchable tail light function, provision for DCC sound, sprung buffers, highly detailed underframe and bogies and much more.
GM4240304 BR ‘Rainhill 150’ Blue 86235 Novelty GAUGEMASTER COLLECTION ERA 7
#8621 BR Blue 86253 The Manchester Guardian ERA 7/8
#8623 InterCity Executive 86204 City of Carlisle ERA 8
#8630 InterCity Swift 86238 European Community ERA 8
#8631 Virgin Trains Red/Grey 86240 Bishop Eric Treacy ERA 9
#8633 BR Electric Blue 86259 Les Ross ERA 9
#8634 EWS Red/Gold 86261 Rail Charter Partnership ERA 9
#8635 Colas Railfreight 86701 Orion ERA 9
#8636 Anglia Railways 86260 ERA 9
Engineering prototypes are expected in the UK for review in early-2023. We hope to deliver the first batch of Class 86/2s in late-2023. Look out for further updates on all these new models here and on our Facebook page over the coming months!