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  • Writer's pictureBen Jones

Slim Pickings

Our ever-popular OO gauge Class 33/2 is set to return in the first quarter of 2023 in response to strong demand from customers and retailers.

Over the last couple of years we've focused on the standard Class 33/0 versions, but now it's time for the 'Slim Jim' variant to come back into the limelight. No fewer than 11 models are being prepared for general release covering all the most popular liveries, reruns of long sold-out editions and a previously unreleased 'as built' variant with the original exhaust/silencer arrangement on the roof. This latter version is an all-new body tooling completing our OO gauge Class 33 family.

Standard features include illuminated headcode panels and marker lights, a 21-pin DCC decoder interface, NEM couplings, all-wheel pick-up and all-axle drive, a heavy die cast chassis with excellent performance and haulage power.

Livery artwork is now approved and preparation of factory decorated samples will commence shortly. We'll bring you further updates on these models as they gear up for production.

All models will be produced in limited quantities and are available to pre-order now from your local HELJAN stockist.

The 11 new models are as follows...


NEW VARIANT! 'As built' BRCW ‘Hastings Gauge’ Type 3

3375: BR Green D6586

3376: BR Green D6591 (small yellow panels)

3377: BR Blue D6590 (full yellow ends)

3378: BR Green D6596 (full yellow ends)

3379: BR Green D6594 WEATHERED


NEW/RERUN LIVERIES! BR Class 33/2

3325: BR General Grey 33201

3338: BR Blue 33202 (orange cantrail line)*

3385: Railfreight Construction 33204

3386: BR Blue 33211 FADED/WEATHERED

3387: Railfreight Distribution 33203

3388: BR Railtour Grey/Yellow 33208*

*Locomotives with HI headlights


Finally, if you need any further inspiration, here's a video of a Class 33/2 restored to main line action in 1998.


 

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