12 September 2023
Tooled for 4mm:1ft scale and tested by us, here's what we appreciate about this new non-passenger rolling stock.
We've reviewed Heljan's Newton Chambers Car Transporters for 'OO' in our October 2023 issue of BRM – out now. There's a great selection of articles to read inside besides our comprehensive review, too!
Heljan has researched this project well. Its initial batch of the vehicles carries an impressive specification, with two triple-packs of the vehicles sent kindly for review sporting BR lined maroon. Each is supplied in a presentation box format, a diversion from the traditional Heljan blue box, but one that suits the era of these models better than the more modern look of its blue packaging, we feel.
Detail bag includes hoses and cosmetic screw-link couplings. Mix of early- and later-built vans in some packs Access to underframe internals via easily-removeable screws Weathered variants available from some retailers. A packet of extra details is supplied for the purchaser to fit. Some are already fitted (according to the diagram), but fitments such as the cosmetic screw-link couplings, steam pipe (part 13) and the vacuum brake pipe (part 14) will result in their fouling the tension-locks or magnetic couplings.
The roof is held on by magnets, and lifts off easily, revealing an empty interior, with a flat base. I suppose ‘extreme’ modellers might fit cars, though they’ll be entirely invisible.
Later blue/grey models feature vacuum brake/steam heat and dual brake/dual heating options, with the Electric Train Heat (ETH) and air-brake equipment added to several car transporters towards the end of their life.
Read our comprehensive review in the October 2023 issue of BRM. Get your copy free with a World of Railways Plus subscription, or get your single issue here.