20 April 2021
The manufacturer looks ahead to another batch of its popular Class 25 locomotives which are said to feature alterations based upon customer feedback.
A few weeks after the release of the first editions of its Class 25 locomotives for 'OO', the manufacturer confirms that all versions are sold out at its warehouse and artwork for a confirmed second batch has been approved.
Ben Jones of Heljan commented, "With interest in this superb new model remaining strong and positive reviews appearing across the model railway media, it's clear that we need to get some more versions out as quickly as possible. Batch two is already in preparation and will feature new variations on the BR green, BR rail blue and transitional themes, as well as topping up the most popular livery options from the first batch."
Heljan is set to complete the Electric Train Heat Ex-Locomotive (ETHEL) story with a second variation of the original blue/grey livery. Models expected to feature enhanced cab interior decoration to highlight the detail inside, plus alterations to the specification based on customer feedback. Cab interior lights are to be omitted and tail lights will now be independently switchable in DCC mode. Speaker installation for DCC sound will also be easier thanks to the provision of factory-fitted wire leads in the relevant plug/socket on the chassis PCB.
All models are to be supplied with an additional bag of buffer beam detailing parts, as well as the existing selection of step and grille plates, snowploughs and couplers. The new models, due to be released later this year, are as follows:
(2543) BR two-tone green SYP D5243
(2544) BR Rail Blue 25095 (with cab front numbers)
(2545) BR Blue/Grey 97251 'ETHEL 2' (alternative livery)
(2546) BR Rail Blue 25904
(2547) BR Rail Blue 25301 (domino headcodes)
(2548) BR two-tone green FYE 7561
(2549) BR Rail Blue 25323 (pre-1976)
(2570) BR Rail Blue 7513
Heljan has said that all versions won't be repeated, so early ordering is recommended to avoid disappointment. For further details, including current pricing and availability, see your local Heljan stockist, or visit the Heljan UK website.