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  • Writer's pictureBen Jones

O Gauge Class 27s Now in Production!

Our superb O gauge BRCW Type 2 Class 27s are set to make their debut before the end of 2022. Production is now almost complete and the models will be shipped from the factory shortly.

No fewer than eight versions are in preparation, covering BR green and BR blue variants from the 1960s to late-1980s. Variations within the production include two types of bogie footsteps (with original extended top step or parallel sided), locomotives with or without steam heat boilers and their associated roof grilles and water tanks and vacuum or dual braked variants.

Above: #2771 BR green 5370 with full yellow ends and weathered finish (please note that the factory is aware of the damaged tank on this sample and all production models will be QC checked). .


As part of the evolution of our O gauge models, we've stepped up the quality of decoration across these new models, with lots of additional fine printed and painted details on the ends, bogies, underframe and, mostly significantly, the cab interior. All wheels are also now treated to a coat of black at the factory to reduce their shiny appearance.

Above: #2772 BR green Class 27 with full yellow ends.


A wealth of fine detail includes superb cab interiors, carefully designed bogies and underframe parts, etched grilles, wire handrails and a removable engine room window on each side as per the prototype. Standard features include plug-and-play DCC capability using the ESU LokSound XL pin decoder, provision for a smoke unit, separately switchable cab, tail and engine room lights in DC and DCC modes, illuminated headcode panels and a heavy duty all-wheel drive chassis with twin 5-pole motors and flywheels.

In response to expected demand, we're producing a mix of unnumbered and fully decorated locos, plus two factory weathered editions.

Above: #2773 Early BR Blue Class 27 without boiler tanks.

HELJAN O Gauge Class 27s

#2770 BR green with small yellow panels unnumbered

#2771 BR green 5370 with full yellow ends WEATHERED*

#2772 BR green with cream waistband & full yellow ends unnumbered

#2773 BR Rail Blue with full yellow ends unnumbered (1970s)*

#2774 BR Rail Blue with full yellow ends unnumbered (1980s)

#2775 BR two-tone green D5382 with small yellow panels

#2776 BR Blue D5389 with small yellow panels

#2777 BR Rail Blue 27032 with Inverness Stag logos WEATHERED

Above: #2774 Late BR Blue Class 27/0 with domino headcodes and steam heat boiler.

Above: #2776 Early BR Blue Class 27 with small yellow warning panel.

Above: #2775 London Midland Region two-tone green D5382

Above: #2777 Final condition BR Blue 27032 Highland Rail stag logo and weathered finish.


As you'll see in the video below, these Class 27s will be a perfect companion for our new BR Mk2/Mk2a coaches (due 2023) as well as our existing Mk1 coaches and freight wagons.


HELJAN UK stockists report strong advance orders for all versions of this impressive new model, especially the BR Blue variants. Reserve yours now to avoid disappointment!


 

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