Heljan OO LNER U1

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Britain's Largest and Most Powerful Steam Locomotive Is Coming To ‘OO’!
It was the largest and most powerful steam locomotive ever to run on British rails and you’ll soon be able to add this monster to your collection!

The LNER’s unique ‘U1’ 2-8-0+0-8-2T Beyer-Garratt was a true behemoth and our amazing articulated model will bring it to life in time for the centenary of the prototype in 2025.

We’re also delighted to be working with Heljan and Locomotion Models to produce an exclusive edition for the ‘Railway Icons’ collection.

Celebrating the centenary of the ‘U1’ and 200th anniversary of the Stockton & Darlington Railway opening in 1825, the exclusive model will depict No. 2395 in works grey, as it appeared at the LNER’s S&DR centenary cavalcade shortly after completion in 1925 (see below). This very special collectors’ edition will feature bespoke packaging plus DCC Ready and factory-fitted DCC Sound options and production will be strictly limited.

Early ordering is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment.

£30.00 deposit required when pre ordering our exclusive LNER Stockton & Darlington model.

For 30 years, the ‘U1’ was deployed on arduous banking duties on the infamous inclines at Worsbrough near Barnsley, and Lickey Incline near Birmingham. Although not always popular with those who worked on it, No. 2395 (BR No. 69999) was by some distance the largest and most powerful steam locomotive ever to work in Britain.

Using original works drawings and photographs we have created a collection of museum quality models covering the entire career of the locomotive and the various modifications it underwent over its 30-year life. These include changes to the smokebox, water tank breather pipes, coal bunker, handrails, cab and additional vacuum tanks. Also included is a model depicting the locomotive after conversion to oil firing, which saw modifications to the former coal bunker, the addition of a turbo generator for the electric headlight and associated pipework/cable runs.

Packed with authentic details specific to period and livery, our ‘U1’ will be the ultimate expression of steam power for ‘OO’ layouts and a must for collectors of historic locomotives.

The model is currently in tooling and we expect to receive the first working samples for review in January 2024 with first releases planned for early-2025. Look out for further updates soon.

View all other releases in the range below:

Premium Features – Delivered As Standard
  • High Quality Design & Construction
  • Twin Motor/Flywheel Drive
  • Working LED lamps
  • 21-pin DCC Interface
  • DCC Ready and DCC Sound Options
  • Factory Fitted Speakers
  • Coal or Oil Fired Options
  • Sprung Buffers
  • Extensive Detail Variations
  • Removable Cab Roof
  • Smoke Unit Compatible
  • NEM Couplings
  • Separate Pipework and cable runs

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