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Yes We ‘Can’ - Class 86/2 confirmed

Popular variant of standard British Rail AC electric to join the HELJAN 'OO' range in 2023.

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.

HELJAN Class 86/2 models - Batch 1

GM4240304 BR ‘Rainhill 150’ 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!


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