Heljan Announce O Gauge Class 153

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NEW Heljan O Gauge Product Launch! A range of Class 153 Super Sprinters have been announced.
Skateboard, Dogbox, Tin Rocket – call them what you like but Class 153s have been a familiar part of the UK railway scene for 30 years. Reaching almost every corner of the network, from Penzance to the Highlands of Scotland and Fishguard to Lowestoft, they are one of the few ‘go anywhere’ trains and the perfect single vehicle train for any layout.

With calls for a Second Generation ‘Sprinter’ DMU in ‘O’ gauge growing all the time, HELJAN has responded with a superb model that will set new standards for detail and high-end features in this scale.

First engineering samples of the O gauge Class 153 have arrived in the UK for review and will make their public debut at the Gauge O Guild’s Guildex event in Stafford on September 2/3.

Based on original research and extensive assistance from Porterbrook Leasing, the HELJAN Class 153 is packed with desirable features that make it a ‘must have’ for modellers of the BR Sectorisation era and post-1994 privatisation period.

Versions to be produced:
Class 153 Regional Railways 153301
Class 153 Stagecoach East Midlands Trains 153311
Class 153 Northern ‘Swoosh’ 153351
Class 153 Transport for Wales Grey/Red 153906
Class 153 London Midland City 153356
Class 153 GWR Green 153380

Pricing as follows:
DCC Ready - £339.15 (RRP £399.00)
DCC Sound - £441.15 (RRP £519.00)
  • Eight separately switchable lighting functions in DCC mode
  • Saloon interior and cab lights
  • Tail lights and headlights with day/night settings
  • Illuminated destination blinds
  • Bodyside door locking indicator lights and illuminated door buttons
  • Original/revised headlight units, according to period and livery
Other standard features will include the myriad rivets and panel lines typical of the British Leyland derived body design, fine underframe and bogie details plus...

  • Factory fitted speaker on all models
  • Detachable BSI auto-couplers
  • Optional magnetic coupling bars with
  • Detachable snowploughs
  • Fully detailed interior with separately fitted seats, tables and partitions
  • Detailed standard and ‘micro cab’ interiors
  • Optional NRN radio roof pods
  • Authentic variations to underfloor radiator grille mesh
  • Smooth, reliable and discreet power bogie
All models will be offered DCC Ready with an easy-to-access 21-pin decoder interface or with factory fitted DCC and sound. Decoration will be the icing on the cake for these superb models, featuring a wealth of detail based on original livery diagrams sourced from train operators and detailed research of the prototype.

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