🚆 Heljan O Gauge Ruston 48DS In Production Now

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Ruston 48DS
Ruston 48DS
Ruston 48DS
Ruston 48DS
Ruston 48DS

Heljan have advised that their newly tooled O Gauge Ruston 48DS diesel shunting locomotives are now in production, with release expected during Q3 2024.


Get ready for Britain's 'best value' O gauge locomotive! With an SRP of just £199.00 these models offer incredible value for money and will be a perfect entry-level product for newcomers to the larger scales. But despite that competitive price, they haven’t skimped on the detail or features. All models enjoy a high-quality specification including robust die-cast construction, fine detail, 3-link couplings, etched mesh grilles, directional LED lights, Next18 DCC interface and a factor-fitted speaker.

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Product Features

Separately switchable headlamps

A fully detailed cab interior

Next18 DCC decoder interface

Factory-fitted speaker in the radiator section

Compact 5-pole motor with flywheel and super-low gearing for the ultimate in slow speed shunting control

Authentic cab and bufferbeam variations

Wire Handrails

Finely detailed chassis with chain drive and brake gear

Wire mesh radiator grille

Prototype Information

Ruston 48DS
Image by Richard Birse

Over 200 of the diminutive Ruston 48DS were built between 1937 and 1967, becoming immensely popular for small industrial sites who couldn't afford the expense of a steam shunting locomotive or worked with hazardous materials where such a locomotive would be unsuitable. The design was also supplied to the War Department and variations in different gauges were supplied around the world.


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