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Heljan Announce OO Scale Class 45 Locomotive

Heljan Announce OO Scale Class 45 Locomotive

Published: 03/06/2019 11:37:01

2020 is the 60th Anniversary of the locomotive.

Heljan Class 45

All-new Derby/Sulzer Type 4 in OO now being tooled and featuring a large number of authentic detail variations including the first-ever accurate models of ETH-fitted Class 45/1s.

HELJANs next OO Scale BR diesel locomotive project will be an all-new Class 45, celebrating the 60th anniversary of this popular class in 2020.

No fewer than four versions are being prepared initially, depicting vacuum-braked and steam-heated locomotives in split-centre headcode condition, dual-braked, steam heat Class 45/0s with rebuilt sealed beam nose ends and, for the first time, accurate models of Class 45/1s with or without the high-intensity headlight fitted in their final years.

With a good selection of OO Scale air-conditioned Mk2 coaches now available, there is increasing demand for an accurate ETH-fitted Peak suitable to haul them. The Class 45/1 is believed to be the largest sub-class of BR diesel locomotives never to have been available in RTR form. Heljan's models will fill that important gap in the BR first generation diesel fleet.

The Class 45s are well known for the myriad detail variations across the class and the models will reflect that with a wide range of authentic differences according period, livery, sub-class and individual locomotives.

Variations will include open or plated boiler steps and roof hatches, bodyside grilles or plated panels (or a combination of both), original or modernised underframe tanks with air cylinders, optional inner sandboxes and boiler hatch covers and more.

The models build on the research and development that went into the well-received O Scale Class 45 and many of the fine details seen on that model have been incorporated into its little sisters. Other features include a 21-pin DCC interface, NEM coupler pockets neatly designed as part of the bufferbeams, ample provision for DCC sound installation, LED lighting appropriate to each version and separately switched cab and tail lights.

The first batch will cover a broad cross-section of BR green, BR blue and special liveries from the early-1960s to the late-1980s. Production of each version will be strictly limited and early ordering is recommended to avoid disappointment.

Detailed design work was completed earlier this year and tooling is in progress and first releases planned in the third quarter of 2020.

HN45100 Class 45 D31 BR Green

HN45101 Class 45 D57 BR Green Small Yellow Panels

HN45104 Class 45 64 Coldstream Guardsman BR Blue Full Yellow Ends

HN45300 Class 45 003 BR Blue Full Yellow Ends

HN45304 Class 45 Sirius BR Blue FYE Tinsley Nameplates

HN45402 Class 45 133 BR Blue Full Yellow Ends

HN45501 Class 45 105 BR Railtour Green Tinsley Embellishments

HN45502 Class 45 118 BR Blue FYE Cantrail Stripe/Square Headlight

Heljan Class 45

Early Class 45 with split centre headcodes.

Heljan Class 45

Rebuilt Class 45/1 roof with boiler equipment removed.

Heljan Class 45

Class 45/1 with high intensity headlight.

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