Locomotives

Thanks to Brian Daniels for the above image.

Bi-mode trains are all the rage in 2020, but Heljans’s latest O gauge announcement looks back to a classic electro-diesel design from the mid-1960s. Now in development is for release in 2022 is a ready-to-run O gauge model of English Electric’s pioneering Class 73; their first electric locomotive in this scale.

Designed to operate on both third-rail electric and diesel power in non-electrified areas such as yards and depots, the Class 73s lived a relatively mundane life until they were thrust into the limelight when the new ‘Gatwick Express’ operation started in 1984. Over the years, the class has worked everything from express passenger to newspaper and mail, freight and engineering trains. The advent of Sectorisation in the mid-1980s saw the standard BR blue livery replaced by a rainbow of liveries, a trend that continues today.

Despite a steady decline in the 1990s, these hugely versatile locomotives have seen a revival in the 21st century and continue to play a vital role hauling engineering and test trains for GB Railfreight and Network Rail on the 750V DC third-rail network and beyond. Now seen over a much wider area than in BR days, the ‘EDs’ have gained a cult following and 13 locomotives have even been rebuilt with more powerful diesel engines and modern electronics transforming them into 1,600hp go-anywhere machines.

Our all-new model is being designed to offer a range of authentic detail variations covering the entire career of the production batch built in 1965-67, many of which are still active on the main line network and heritage railways. These will include locomotives with or without high intensity headlights and NRN radio aerials, radio pods and optional fibreglass arc shields fitted to the bogies from the mid-1980s onwards.

Standard features will include sprung buffers, wire handrails, fine etched grilles, separately fitted buffing plates, SR 27-way multiple working cables and hoses, windscreen wipers, sandpipes, bogie and bufferbeam details. CAD work is currently in progress and I will update these web pages as and when we get more information..

The new HELJAN O gauge Class 73 will feature our proven high-performance twin motor/flywheel chassis with all-wheel drive and pick-up, separately switchable cab, headcode and engine room lights, an ESU XL pin decoder interface and provision for DCC sound. Like the new Heljan Class 26 and 27, these models will have ‘plug-and-play’ DCC and sound capability using ESU’s LokSound 5 XL high-power pin decoder (Ref. No. 58515, not included).

Ten versions have been selected, covering a broad cross-section of BR, Sectorisation and Privatisation era liveries from 1965 to the present day – see below for more information. Suggested Retail Price (SRP) for DCC Ready models will be £625.00.(Tower Models price £531.25 )

We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as and when they become available in 2022

As always will will also offer our usual service of weathering the locomotives in our own workshop for an additional £40.00 for the factory clean examples. All versions of the Class 73 are coming ready numbered in the various liveries

RTR O Gauge locomotives.

LOCOMOTIVE SPECIFICATION.

Heljan Class 73

Ready to run, the new Class 73
Features Include
• Highly detailed model in 1:43.5. (O Scale)
• 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.

HELJAN CLASS 73
Ref.
Description
List Price
Our Price
HJ7300 BR Blue #E6008 with small yellow panels and grey solebar and factory weathered
£625.00
£531.25
HJ7301 BR blue with small yellow panels #E6020
£625.00
£531.25
HJ7302 BR blue with full yellow ends numbered 73137
£625.00
£531.25
HJ7303 BR blue large logo 73114
£625.00
£531.25
HJ7304 Intercity Executive livery 73102 "Airtour Suisse"
£625.00
£531.25
HJ7305 BR Dutch grey / yellow livery 73108
£625.00
£531.25
HJ7306 Revised Network SouthEast livery 73126 "Kent & East Sussex Railway"
£625.00
£531.25
HJ7307 EW&S red gold livery 73128
£625.00
£531.25
HJ7308 Network Rail yellow 73212
£625.00
£531.25
HJ7309 GB Railfreight blue / orange livery 73107 "Tracy"
£625.00
£531.25

As always will will also offer our usual service of weathering the locomotives in our own workshop for an additional £40.00 for the factory clean examples. All versions of the Class 73 are coming ready numbered in the various liveries

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