🚞 Heljan OO W&M Railbus In Stock Now

Posted by Jack Morgan on

Heljan's new batch of Waggon-und-Maschinenbau 4-wheel diesel Railbuses have now arrived in stock! Absent from the range for a few years, these  models have made a triumphant return, with popular BR green variations being re-run as well as a selection of new BR Research Department and KWVR liveries also available.

These unusual vehicles were intended for use on lightly used branch lines and thanks to their diminutive size can find a home on a layout of any size!

Please note - 8711 (E79960 in BR green) is delayed but should follow on in a few days.

In Stock Now

Product Features:

Highly detailed model with many separate parts including handrails, horns, lamp irons, pipework, sanding gear and more

Fully detailed interior with cab area, seating and more

Digital capability - 21-pin socket

Discrete motor with all-wheel drive & pickups

Heavy duty chassis

Independent directional lighting and interior lights

Sprung metal buffers

NEM tension lock couplings

Prototype Information

British Rail produced a variety of railbuses, both as a means of acquiring new rolling stock cheaply, and to provide economical services on lightly-used lines. One example of these was the Waggun and Maschinenbau built batch, which were utilised from 1958 until 1967. hey were mechanically similar to the Uerdingen railbuses used on the German Federal Railway and in their first year managed to save £66,000 in operational costs.

Image via kitmasterbloke

The body was formed of alloy panels rivetted on a light steel frame. Roof plates were crimped to increase rigidity. The body was suspended from four points on the frame, connected by hydraulic shock absorbers. Unlike most BR diesel units, the accelerator was foot controlled. Also unusual at that time, were the power operated central doors and air powered disc brakes. Unfortunately, the lines they worked still lost money and were closed, making them surplus to requirements. Most of the class have made their way into preservation.

(Information provided via Wikipedia) 

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