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  • Writer's pictureBen Jones

Class 25 Batch 2 Confirmed!

Updated: Apr 20, 2021

Just a few weeks after the first editions of our OO gauge Class 25 were released, we're delighted to announce that all versions are now sold out at the warehouse.

With interest in this superb new model remaining strong and positive reviews appearing across the model railway media (see the videos below), it's clear that we need to get some more versions out as quickly as possible. As a result, Batch 2 is already in preparation and will feature some new variations on the BR green, BR Rail Blue and transitional themes as well as topping up the most popular livery options from the first batch. We will also complete the ETHEL story with a second variation of the original blue/grey livery.

The models will feature enhanced cab interior decoration to highlight the superb detail inside, plus a few 'tweaks' to the specification based on customer feedback. The cab interior lights will be omitted and the tail lights will now be independently switchable in DCC mode. Speaker installation for DCC sound will also be easier thanks to the provision of factory-fitted wire leads in the relevant plug/socket on the chassis PCB.

Our factory has also committed to enhanced quality control measures to ensure that the models meet the high standards that we, and you, expect. While the vast majority of the first batch was satisfactory, there were more assembly issues than we would normally expect and these will be eliminated as far as possible in the new batch.

All models will also be supplied with an additional bag of bufferbeam detailing parts, as well as the existing selection of step and grille plates, snowploughs and couplers. Suggested Retail Price (SRP) is £189 for all Batch 2 models. The new models, expected to be released later this year, are as follows...

Class 25 OO Gauge Batch 2

#2543 BR two-tone green SYP D5243

#2544 BR Rail Blue 25095 (with cab front numbers)

#2545 BR Blue/Grey 97251 'ETHEL 2' (alternative livery)

#2546 BR Rail Blue 25904

#2547 BR Rail Blue 25301 (domino headcodes)

#2548 BR two-tone green FYE 7561

#2549 BR Rail Blue 25323 (pre-1976)

#2570 BR Rail Blue 7513

All versions will be produced in limited quantities and will not be repeated, so early ordering is recommended to avoid disappointment. We'll bring you more on these exciting new models as their production progresses. In the meantime, check out the video reviews shown here and contact your local HELJAN stockist to order yours now!

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