Heljan 2873 Class 02 003 BR Blue (Wasp Stripes) Diesel Locomotive

Class 02 003 BR Blue (Wasp Stripes) Diesel Locomotive
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Expected Delivery Q3 2024 (Subject to change at Manufacturer's Discretion).

Design work is well advanced on HELJAN’s latest ‘O’ gauge locomotive project – the BR Class 02 0-4-0DH built by Yorkshire Engine Co. for dock shunting and goods yard duties in northern England. CAD has already been approved and tooling work is underway with a view to first releases reaching the UK in the final quarter of 2021.

These tiny four-wheeled shunters were designed to reach the places other locomotives could not; with a wheelbase of just 6ft they were able to tackle sharply curved lines in streets, docks, warehouses and factories and even use traditional wagon turntables. They were a direct replacement for the legendary Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway ‘Pug’ 0-4-0STs working dock lines in Liverpool, Manchester and beyond.

Around 50 similar locomotives were built for industrial railways, in many cases with electric rather than hydraulic transmission. As the work they were built for vanished in the 1960s, many of the 20-strong class found further work in industry, with some surviving well into the 1980s before being rescued for preservation. Highly regarded by crews for their Rolls-Royce engine, all-round visibility and unique (for a BR locomotive) rear platform for shunting staff, they continue to play a useful role in shunting and engineering work at heritage railways.

One locomotive, D2860, was even claimed by the National Railway Museum as the perfect shunter for its Great Hall in York.


  • High-performance chassis with all-wheel drive and pick-up.
  • Switchable cab lights.
  • LED marker lights.
  • 21-pin DCC decoder interface and provision for DCC sound.
  • External features will include authentic detail variations.
  • Highly-detailed cab interior and underframe, separate handrails, door handles and pipework.
  • Etched Yorkshire Engine Co. worksplates.


  • CLASS 02
  • BUILT BY Yorkshire Engine Co.
  • SERVICE CAREER 1690 - 1975
  • REGION Mixed
  • PURPOSE Freight and Shunting


  • LENGTH 155mm