Locomotives

The first engineering samples of Heljan’s latest new O gauge diesel locomotive, the much-requested BRCW Type 2/Class 26 have arrived in the UK for review. Under development since last year, these new models are now at an advanced stage.

Due for release in late-2021, this previously unannounced all-new model features a large number of improvements over the original Heljan O gauge Class 26 released a decade ago. Unlike that model, our new BRCW Type 2 has been designed to offer a wide range of detail variations including three different bodyshells depicting locomotives with or without a tablet catcher recess and, for the first time in ‘O’, refurbished ends without headcode discs.

However, perhaps the most exciting development is the first ever ready-to-run model (in any scale) of the legendary Inverness Class 26s with twin headlights, as used in the Far North of Scotland in the 1970s and 1980s.

Dependent on era and livery, models will be delivered with original boiler water tanks in place or with the later style air tanks and distinctive cradle between the bogies. Other detail options will include original or plated-over cab doors, three-piece miniature snowploughs, boiler vent grilles or plates, Inverness-style round radio pods and later NRN radio pods with square cowls. As required, models will also be supplied with a set of open or folded headcode discs, separately fitted etched metal horn cowl covers and a set of optional Class 26/0 style tapered bogie footsteps allowing customers to tailor their models to individually modified locomotives. As per the full size ‘26s’, one engine room window per side has been designed to be removable for extra ventilation.

Standard features will include sprung buffers, wire handrails, fine etched metal grilles, separately fitted windscreen wipers, sandpipes, bogie and bufferbeam details.

The new Heljan O gauge Class 26 will feature our proven high-performance twin motor/flywheel chassis with all-wheel drive and pick-up, separately switchable cab, tail and engine room lights, an ESU XL pin decoder interface and provision for DCC sound. This will be the first British outline ‘O’ gauge model to have ‘plug-and-play’ DCC and sound capability using ESU’s LokSound 5 XL high-power pin decoder (Ref. No. 58515, not included).

Nine versions have been selected, covering a broad cross-section of BR green, blue and Sectorisation era liveries from the early-1960s through to the 1990s. Suggested Retail Price will be £599.00 (Tower Models price £509.15) for DCC Ready models. We are currently examining options for models with factory-fitted DCC sound, details of which will be confirmed separately.

We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as and when they become available mid to late 2021.

As always will will also offer our usual service of numbering the locomotives in our own workshop for an additional £25.00 or an additional £65.00 to number and weather.

Inverness Class 26/1 with twin car headlights
RTR O Gauge locomotives.

LOCOMOTIVE SPECIFICATION.

Heljan Class 26/0 and 26/1

Ready to run, the new Class 26.
Features Include
• Highly detailed model in 1:43.5. (O Scale)
• Rotating roof fans.
• Highly detailed cab interior.
• Two powerful 5 pole motors.
• NEM pocket for couplings.
• LED
• Metal handrails.
• Screwlink coupling.
• Directional changing light.
• designed with plug and play sound installation in mind.
• Heavyweight model, weighing approximately 3.0 kg.

Later style Class 26/1 with air tank cradle and refurbished ends

HELJAN CLASS 26
Ref.
Description
List Price
Our Price
HJ2675 BR all green with tablet catcher recess - un-numbered
£599.00
£509.15
HJ2676 BR green, small yellow panels with tablet catcher recess - un-numbered
£599.00
£509.15
HJ2677 BR Blue with full yellow ends - early version # 5338
£599.00
£509.15
HJ2678 BR Blue with full yellow ends featuring Inverness headlights - un-numbered
£599.00
£509.15
HJ2679 BR Blue with full yellow ends 26027 factory weathered
£599.00
£509.15
HJ2680 BR blue with full yellow ends with dual brakes - un-numbered
£599.00
£509.15
HJ2681 Railfreight red stripe with white cantrail stripe - un-numbered
£599.00
£509.15
HJ2682 BR Dutch grey / yellow un-numbered
£599.00
£509.15
HJ2683 Railfreight red stripe 26025 with orange cantrail stripe and Eastfield dog logo and factory weathered
£599.00
£509.15

Built by Birmingham Railway Carriage Works between 1958 and 1959. Forty seven locomotives were built built and numbered in the D5300 series. Confusingly, the Class 26's were originally refered to as Type 2's (along with Class 24's, 25's and 27's) They were reclassified as Class 26's in 1968 and re-numbered in the 26001 series in 1973.

As always will will also offer our usual service of numbering the locomotives in our own workshop for an additional £25.00 or an additional £65.00 to number and weather.

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