Locomotives

The front of the blue Class 55 Deltic

Side view of the blue Class 55 Deltic

RTR O Gauge locomotives.

LOCOMOTIVE SPECIFICATION.

Heljan Class 55 Deltic

Features Include
• Highly detailed model in 1:43.5. (O Scale)
• Rotating roof fans (Yes, all four fans working).
• Highly detailed cab interior.
• Two powerful 5 pole motors.
• NEM pocket for couplings.
• Kinematics.
• LED
• Screwlink coupling
• Directional changing light.
• designed with sound installation in mind.
• Heavyweight model, weighing approximately 4.0 kg.

Front image of the standard green Class 55 Deltic with yellow warning panels.

Side view of the standard green with yellow warning panels Class 55 Deltic

HELJAN CLASS 55 Deltic.

Ref.
Description
List Price
Our Price
HJ5500 BR Green with small yellow warning panels. **LAST FEW**
£599.99
£475.00
HJ5501 BR Blue with all yellow ends.
SOLD OUT
SOLD OUT
TM5502 Tower Models Limited Edition all green Class 55. **LAST FEW**
£599.99
£475.00

 

The British Rail Class 55 is a successful class of diesel locomotive built in 1961 and 1962 by English Electric. They were designed for the high-speed express passenger services on the East Coast Main Line between London King's Cross and Edinburgh. They gained the name "Deltic" from the prototype locomotive, DP1 Deltic, which in turn was named for its Napier Deltic power units. Twenty-two locomotives were built: they dominated services on the East Coast Main Line until their withdrawal at the end of 1981. Six locomotives were preserved and are still running today.

The locomotives were assigned to three locomotive depots: Finsbury Park in London, Gateshead over the Tyne from Newcastle, and Haymarket in Edinburgh. They arrived from the manufacturer painted in two-tone green, the dark BR green on top, with a narrower strip of a lighter, lime green along the bottom. This helped to disguise the bulk of the locomotive body. The cab window surrounds were picked out in cream-white. Although delivered without it, they all soon sported the bright yellow warning panel at each end common to all British diesel and electric locomotives, to make them more conspicuous. Very soon, all were named; the Gateshead and Haymarket locomotives after regiments of the British Army, while Finsbury Park followed the grand LNER tradition of naming locomotives after winning racehorses. By 1966 they began to be painted in corporate Rail Blue with yellow ends. The Finsbury Park depot also chose to paint the window surrounds of its Deltics white, making them distinctive.

The Tower Models Limited Edition Heljan Class 55 Deltic represents the Deltic in green with no yellow warning panel. After discussions with Heljan we have decided to supply the limited edition model without the BR crest, nameplates or electrification flashes. In the case of the crest and plates, they could be in two different locations depending on whether it has been named or not. At first the locos were not named and the crest was centrally mounted but later they were named and the crest consequently moved. Again the electrification flashes were not initially carried but later did feature them. This way the modeller has many more options with his limited edition. Deltic rather than us restrict the options available. The standard production model of green with yellow panel and blue with have the crests & insignia placed taking into account the position of the nameplate.

Heljan have now completely sold out of the Class 55 Deltics, although we still have limited numbers of all three types currently available.

Tower Models repaint of a blue deltic with white window surrounds and domino headcodes

All versions will be un-numbered allowing the customer to easily complete the locomotive with a number of his own choice. 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 £50.00 to number and weather in the case of unnamed Class 55's. For named Deltics the cost is £50.00 to number, supply and fit name plates and £75.00 to number, name and weather to the customers requirements. The blue Class 55 Deltics do not come with white window surrounds. This practice was very much in later days (post re-numbering into the 55 series) and only applies to the Finsbury Park blue Deltics, ie the Racehorses. If customers want us to do the white window surrounds there is an additional £30.00 charge (Therefore £80.00 clean finish with name & number with Finsbury Park windows or, £105.00 weathered total)

Front image of the Tower Models Limited Edition Class 55 Deltic.

Side image of the Tower Models limited Edition Class 55 Deltic

The Tower Models Limited Edition model will not have the BR lion & wheel symbols fitted as the position of these changes depending on whether the model is completed as either a named or un-named version.

HELJAN CLASS 55 Deltic.

I have created a list of all the Class 55's and the shed details to aid customers with all the options available with the Deltic. Those highlighted in red have all been preserved whereas the other were all scrapped in the early 80's.

Original Number
TOPS Number
Name
Shed
D9000
55 022
Royal Scots Grey
Haymarket
D9001
55 001
St Paddy
Finsbury Park
D9002
55 002
The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Gateshead
D9003
55 003
Meld
Finsbury Park
D9004
55 004
Queen's Own Highlander
Haymarket
D9005
55 005
The Prince of Wales Own Regiment of Yorkshire
Gateshead
D9006
55 006
The Fife and Forfar Yeomanry
Haymarket
D9007
55 007
Pinza
Finsbury Park
D9008
55 008
The Green Howards
Gateshead
D9009
55 009
Alycidon
Finsbury Park
D9010
55 010
The Kings Own Scottish Borderer
Haymarket
D9011
55 011
The Royal Northumberland Fusilers
Gateshead
D9012
55 012
Crepello
Finsbury Park
D9013
55 013
The Black Watch
Haymarket
D9014
55 014
The Duke of Wellington's Regiment
Gateshead
D9015
55 015
Tulyar
Finsbury Park
D9016
55 016
Gordon Highlander
Haymarket
D9017
55 017
The Durham Light Infantry
Gateshead
D9018
55 018
Ballymoss
Finsbury Park
D9019
55 019
Royal Highland Fusiler
Haymarket
D9020
55 020
Nimbus
Finsbury Park
D9021
55 021
Argyll and Sutherland Highlander
Haymarket

 

Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry recently completed in the workshops in BR blue with light weathering
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