Locomotives

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.

Developed from English Electric’s astonishing 1955 prototype, the 22 production "Deltics" used powerful but lightweight Napier gunboat engines to deliver a far greater power to weight ratio than any other diesel locomotive of their time. The result was a worthy successor to the legendary LNER Pacifics and their performances on the East Coast Main Line over a 20-year career made them equally iconic. Marking the 40th anniversary of their retirement in January 1982, Heljan have retooled this model and it is designed to accommodate two large "earth mover" speakers and two smoke units for that unforgettable "Deltic" effect. Other new features include a plug-and-play DCC interface, interior detail and lighting and authentic detail variations for later period Class 55s.

Heljan have indicated a release date in 2023 for this loco and we are taking advance orders for these now.

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.
• DCC Ready
• Designed with twin speaker and smoke units in mind.
• LED
• Screwlink coupling
• Directional changing light.
• designed with sound installation in mind.
• Heavyweight model, weighing approximately 4.0 kg.

HELJAN CLASS 55 Deltic.(1976-1982)

Ref.
Description
List Price
Our Price
HJ5520 Deltic BR Blue 55003 "Meld"
£699.00
£594.15
HJ5521 Deltic BR Blue - un-numbered
£699.00
£594.15
HJ5522 Deltic BR Blue 55015 "Tulyar" with white cab windows surrounds
£699.00
£594.15
HJ5523 Deltic BR Blue un-numbered with white cab window surrounds
£699.00
£594.15
HJ5524 Deltic BR Green with full yellow ends 55002 "Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry"
£699.00
£594.15
HJ5525 Deltic BR Railtour Blue 55022 "Royal Scots Grey"
£699.00
£594.15
HJ5526 5526 BR Blue 55021 Argyll & Sutherland Highlander factory weathered
£719.00
£611.15

HELJAN CLASS 55 Deltic, as preserved with High Intensity headlight

Ref.
Description
List Price
Our Price
HJ5530 Deltic BR Green D9000 Royal Scots Grey (small
yellow warning panel)
£699.00
£594.15
HJ5531 BR Blue 55019 Royal Highland Fusilier
£699.00
£594.15
HJ5532 BR Blue unnumbered with white cab windows surrounds
£699.00
£594.15

As always we will also be offering our numbering and weathering service on these through our workshops. Numbering the locos costs an additional £25.00, naming an additional £25.00 and weathering an additional £40.00. We will also be offering our sound equipping service as well at an additional £310.00 if required. For a list of all the Deltic names and numbers see the bottom of this webpage

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

 

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