The models are close to being signed off for production - subject to a few minor improvements - and Heljan plan to deliver them to UK retailers in the final quarter of this year.
No fewer than 12 versions are being prepared for general release, plus an exclusive edition for TMC, covering the entire BR career of the late-bodied Class 25 variant.
Standard features include LED lighting, 21-pin DCC interface, provision for DCC sound, all-wheel pickup and drive, authentic early and revised exhaust designs, fine bogie, underframe and body detail, etched mesh grilles and sprung buffers.
The model represents the final development of the 478 Derby/Sulzer Type 2s, which started with Class 24 in the late-1950s. The model will cover the D5238-99 and D7500-D7677 batches, built by Derby Works and Beyer, Peacock of Manchester between December 1963 and April 1967 and used by BR until the late-1980s.
HELJAN OO GAUGE CLASS 25/3s
2530 – BR two-tone green D7645 with small yellow panels
2531 – BR two-tone green D5244 with small yellow panels - WEATHERED
2532 – BR two-tone green D7550 with full yellow ends and BR blue data panel
2533 – BR early blue D7661 with small yellow panels
2534 – BR rail blue D7667 with full yellow ends (twin double arrows – 1,000th loco built at Derby Works)
2535 – BR rail blue 25252 (LMR) with full yellow ends (single, central double arrows) and headcode panel still in place
2536 – BR rail blue 25155 (WR) with full yellow ends (single, central double arrows) and headcode panel still in place- WEATHERED
2537 – BR Rail Blue 25093 (ScR/LMR) with bodyside numbers (single, centrally placed double arrows) and ‘domino’ headcodes
2538 – BR 25912 Tamworth Castle ‘Ice Cream Van’ livery with silver roof
2539 – BR Special two-tone green D7672 Tamworth Castle
2540 – BR blue/grey ETHEL1 ADB97250
2541 – InterCity ETHEL3 ADB97252
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