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Class 56s Arriving This Week!

Great News! Our hotly anticipated O gauge Class 56s are en route to the UK now and should start arriving with HELJAN stockists this week. Built to tackle the toughest jobs, these impressive Type 5s have already shown what they are capable of in pre-release testing, as you can see below...

Packed with fine detail and desirable features, our '56' depicts the later Doncaster and Crewe-built locomotives (56056-135). It is being produced in no fewer than 10 different versions, ranging from original BR blue to mid-1990s Loadhaul black/orange. An 11th version, in Transrail grey, is exclusive to Tower Models.

Above: A HELJAN Class 56 production sample awaits its next trip during the recent 'Britain's Biggest Model Railway' show at the Bath & West Showground.

Standard features include LED lighting, powered roof fans, heavy duty chassis with twin motors and brass flywheels, DCC Friendly PCB with screw terminals, etched grilles, a choice of cab door handrail (round or flat profile), optional etched cab ventilation grilles, cab telephone aerials, AWS protection grids for mounting under the bufferbeams, sprung buffers and couplings and a wealth of separately fitted detail parts.


#5600 BR Blue unnumbered

#5601 BR Large Logo Blue unnumbered

#5602 Railfreight Large Logo Grey unnumbered

#5603 Railfreight Red Stripe Grey unnumbered

#5604 Railfreight 3-tone Grey unbranded/unnumbered

#5605 Railfreight Coal 56101 Mutual Improvement WEATHERED

#5606 Railfreight Construction 56110 Croft

#5607 Loadhaul black/orange unnumbered

#5608 BR Large Logo Blue 56099 (Tinsley embellishments)

#5609 BR Blue 56071

#5610 Transrail Grey unnumbered TOWER MODELS EXCLUSIVE

Suggested retail price (SRP) for the models is £699.00 - excellent value for a heavy duty Type 5 model with a proven pedigree and high quality specification. Pre-production samples have undergone extensive testing on 'Britain's Biggest Model Railway' in recent months, being subjected to hundreds of hours of endurance testing with heavy trains and long gradients and passing these tests with flying colours!

Pre-orders for all versions are extremely strong, with the BR blue and BR Large Logo versions especially popular and already close to selling out at the warehouse. Across the 11 versions, more than 80% of the production run is already sold. Contact your local HELJAN stockist to reserve yours now and avoid disappointment!

Below: Tower Models' exclusive Class 56 in mid-1990s Transrail grey.


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