Steam Locomotives

We have now had from Heljan the first of the painted test samples for the forthcoming Heljan 61xx Large Prairie. We need to make it very clear that these are early stage test samples / mock ups. They are not finished prodcutions and many small alterations need to be made. Do not read anything into the colour of some of the locos or the wheels and motion. We are happy with the overall shape but will not approve production until the various tweaks have been carried out. When we get more advance samples we will publish the images.

The class was designed by Charles Collett and introduced in 1931, and were a straightforward development of the earlier 31xx and 51xx class . The main difference from their predecessors was an increased boiler pressure of 225 psi with a consequent increase in tractive effort.

There were seventy in the 61xx class, built in two batches in 1931-1933 and 1935. They were frequently referred to by trainspotters as 'Tanner One-ers'- being a reference to their '61xx' numbering sequence using colloquial terms for a sixpence and a penny.

The class was specifically built for commuter services in the London area where they replaced the ageing 2221 class on these services. They lasted to the end of steam on the Western Region of British Railways in 1965, never straying far from their home turf. Typical duties were Paddington to Aylesbury via High Wycombe, and from the same terminus to Oxford, Windsor, Reading and Basingstoke. They were mainly shedded at Old Oak Common, Southall, Slough, Reading and Aylesbury throughout their lives. In the early 1960s, the advent of the first generation diesel multiple units made them semi-redundant though generally far from worn out. Their last few years saw them on more menial duties, as in the adjacent photograph, until scrapping.

This is Heljan's first venture into O gauge steam outline and is expected in June ' July 2017. We are taking advance orders for these now and there are 7 Tower Models Limited Editions to accompany the standard models produced by Heljan. The standard models from Heljan are coming already numbered and with appropriate shed codes for the BR liveries whereas the Tower Models Limited Editions are coming un-numbered so the customer has the choice of number for themselves. We are producing just 50 each of our Limited Editions so advance ordering is highly recommended.

Provisionally Heljan have set a target RRP of £649.00 which will give us an Our Price of £500.00 but this is only provisional at this stage and may be subject to change based on the fluctuation in the pound. We have now received the first test sample image of the body shell of the BR early Crest Black 61xx, more images as and when we receive them.

RTR O Gauge locomotives.

LOCOMOTIVE SPECIFICATION.

Heljan GWR / BR 61xx 2-6-2T

Ready to run.

Features Include
• Highly detailed model in 1:43.5. (O Scale)
• Highly detailed cab interior.
• Powerful 5 pole motor.
• NEM pocket for couplings.
• Screwlink coupling
• designed with sound installation in mind.
• Flickering Firebox
• Heavyweight model, weighing 2.0kg.

Model will have the 'mother board' from ESU decoder 54399 pre-fitted with a blanking plate for DC use. If a sound decoder is required by the customer it will be a simple plug & play scenario; a space for the speaker has been incorporated in the chassis similar to the AC Cars railbus.

Heljan Standard Edition Models

Ref.
Description
List Price
Usual Price
HJ6100 61xx Great Western Livery lettered "Great Western" #6110
£ 649.00
£500.00
HJ6101 61xx Great Western Livery Lettered "G W R " #6106
£ 649.00
£500.00
HJ6102 61xx BR Black unlined Early Crest #6144 (Shed 81a)
£ 649.00
£500.00
HJ6103 61xx BR Green unlined Late Crest #6111 (Shed 81F)
£ 649.00
£500.00
HJ6104 61xx BR lined green Late Crest #6132 (Shed 81c)
£ 649.00
£500.00

Tower Limited Edition Models

The seven Limited Edition versions of the new Heljan Large Prairie can now be confirmed. The five standard versions from Heljan will carry numbers in the 61xx sequence making them all locomotives used around the London area.

Tower Models will offer un-numbered versions of these locomotives so customers can number them in 41xx and 51xx sequences themselves making the locomotives suitable for a wider geographical use.

Body-wise there are very little difference externally between a 41, 51 or 61xx with the main changes being made in the transition from Great Western to BR such as the bunker steps added and addition of 2 handrails to the cab.

In regard to all 61xx's, our workshop service is also available for weathering locos at an additional £40.00. In regard to our Limited Edition un-numbered versions there is also the option of having us number the loco at £25.00 on the BR un-numbered versions or £50.00 on the GWR versions as this also includes the buffer beam numbering as well as the brass plates.

 

Ref.
Description
List Price
Usual Price
HJ6120 41/51/61xx Great Western Livery lettered "Great Western" un-numbered ** TOWER MODELS LIMITED RUN OF 50 PIECES**
£ 649.00
£500.00
HJ6121 41/51/61xx BR Black Unlined Early Crest un-numbered** TOWER MODELS LIMITED RUN OF 50 PIECES**
£ 649.00
£500.00
HJ6122 41/51/61xx BR Green Unlined Late Crest un-numbered** TOWER MODELS LIMITED RUN OF 50 PIECES**
£ 649.00
£500.00
HJ6123 41/51/61xx BR lined green late crest un-numbered** TOWER MODELS LIMITED RUN OF 50 PIECES**
£ 649.00
£500.00

Ref.
Description
List Price
Usual Price
HJ6124 Great Western Livery lettered "Great Western" Numbered 5184 **TOWER MODELS LIMITED RUN OF 50 PIECES**
£ 649.00
£500.00
HJ6125 BR Unlined Black with large Early Crest Numbered 4144 ** TOWER MODELS LIMITED RUN OF 50 PIECES**
£ 649.00
£500.00
HJ6126 BR lined green late crest Numbered 5158 ** TOWER MODELS LIMITED RUN OF 50 PIECES**
£ 649.00
£500.00
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