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  • Writer's pictureBen Jones


Following the success of our superb ‘OO’ gauge Class 45s, we’re going back to the beginning of the BR/Sulzer Type 4 story with an all-new Class 44 ‘Peak’.

The ten Pilot Scheme locomotives were among BR’s first big diesel locomotives and their evocative mountain names helped to inspire a strong enthusiast following in their final years. Our new model will be the first to cover all the major Class 44 variations, including the experimental slotted grilles carried by D9/D10. This outstanding new model will feature an all-new body tooling with bespoke bogie and underframe parts, detailed cab interiors and much more!

Variations include bodies with original boiler water tanks and later form without tanks, plated or open boiler filler hatches, open or plated boiler filler access steps and etched metal slotted grilles on D9/D10 (see below).

This high specification model also features a 21-pin DCC decoder interface and factory fitted speakers for plug-and-play DCC sound conversion, six separately switchable light functions and a powerful, smooth running chassis with centrally mounted motor and twin flywheels.

Premium Features – Delivered As Standard

· High Quality Design & Construction

· Six Separately Switchable lighting functions

· Detailed Cab Interiors

· Factory Fitted Speakers

· Factory Fitted DCC Sound Option

· Powerful Motor/Twin Flywheel Drive

· 21-pin DCC Interface

· Etched Grilles

· Sprung Buffers

· NEM Couplers

· Separate Open/Folded Headcode Discs

· Extensive bufferbeam detail

· Exquisite Detail and Decoration

· Etched Metal Boiler Step/Filler Hatch Covers

· Etched Metal Slotted Grilles (D9/D10)

· LED Cab Lights

· Variants With/Without Boiler Water Tanks

· Bespoke Class 44 Bogie, Bufferbeam and Body Details

All models will be available with factory fitted DCC sound.

Design work has been completed and the first engineering prototype sample is expected to arrive in the UK for review in early-2024. First releases are planned for late-2024 or early-2025 in five popular liveries for the 1959-80 period. Look out for further updates soon. Production of all versions will be strictly limited – contact your regular HELJAN stockist today to secure yours. Visit to find out more!

NEW FOR 2024! BR Class 44

4400: BR Green D6 Whernside DCC READY

44003: BR Green D6 Whernside DCC SOUND

4401: BR Green D9 Snowdon (Small Yellow Panels/Slotted Grilles) DCC READY

44013: BR Green D9 Snowdon (Small Yellow Panels/Slotted Grilles) DCC SOUND

4402: BR Blue 1 Scafell Pike DCC READY

44023: BR Blue 1 Scafell Pike DCC SOUND

4403: BR Economy Green D5 Cross Fell (Small Yellow Panels) DCC READY

44033: BR Economy Green D5 Cross Fell (Small Yellow Panels) DCC SOUND

4404: BR Blue 44010 Tryfan (slotted grilles) DCC READY

44043: BR Blue 44010 Tryfan (slotted grilles) DCC SOUND


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