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  • Writer's pictureBen Jones

O Class 26s in Production!

We're very happy to report that our outstanding new O gauge Class 26s are now in production. We expect them to be shipped from the factory shortly and arrive in the UK in October.

HELJAN UK stockists report very strong advance orders for all versions of this impressive new model, especially #2678 BR Blue with Far North Line twin headlights. To cater for demand, we have already increased the quantity to be produced, but we expect this version to sell out very quickly. Reserve yours now to avoid disappointment!

No fewer than nine versions will be available on general release, plus a further exclusive Highland Rail edition for Tower Models. These cover early BR green and BR blue variants with tablet catcher recesses, 1970s/1980s Inverness locomotives with twin headlights and weathered BR blue 26037 in 1980s condition. Also included are 1980s/90s air-braked locomotives with the distinctive air tank cradle replacing the boiler water tanks between the bogies. These are being offered in classic BR blue, Railfreight Red Stripe and Civil Engineers' grey/yellow. The full list is as follows...

HELJAN O gauge Class 26/1 - new production batch

#2674 BR Blue 26032 (twin headlights/Highland stags) TOWER MODELS EXCL.

#2675 BR green unnumbered

#2676 BR green with small yellow panels unnumbered

#2677 BR Blue (early) unnumbered

#2678 BR Blue with twin headlights unnumbered

#2679 BR Blue 26037 WEATHERED

#2680 BR Blue unnumbered (air tanks)

#2681 Railfreight 'Red Stripe' unnumbered

#2682 BR Civil Engineers grey/yellow unnumbered

#2863 Railfreight 'Red Stripe' 26025 WEATHERED

These 'next generation' models represent the start of a new era as they will be the first heavy duty Heljan O gauge models to be released with plug-and-play DCC capability using the ESU LokSound XL decoder. They also feature switchable lighting functions (with microswitches for DC users and separate lighting functions in DCC mode), engine room, cab and tail lights and a host of optional detail parts, allowing you to tailor your model to specific locomotives and time periods.

A comprehensive suite of detail variations includes original or plated cab doors, Inverness style and late-1980s NRN cab radio pods, a removable engine room window on each side as per the prototype, etched brass horn covers, a full set of headcode discs, miniature snowploughs, tablet catcher arms and a set of tapered bogie footsteps to give you the option of modelling locos which received steps from Class 26/0s.


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