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50008 and 50015 at Laira Depot in September 1991. © Carl Looker
Heljan are producing a range of Class 50 locomotives in O gauge, with nine variants currently planned which cover this popular prototype in guises throughout its lifespan, with British Rail, sectorisation-era and even modern day liveried planned for release. The models are currently expected to arrive in December 2019 and will have the following specifications:
4021 - Unnumbered in BR large logo blue - £594.15
4022 - Unnumbered in original Network SouthEast livery - £594.15
4023 - Class 50 in revised Network Southeast livery - unnumbered - £594.15
4024 - Class 50 50007 "Sir Edward Elgar" in GWR green - £594.15
4025 - 50149 "Defiance" in BR railfreight general sector triple grey - £594.15
4028 - 50049 "Defiance" in GB Railfreight livery (Limited Edition) - £594.15
Hattons has partnered with Heljan to produce two exclusive liveries of their forthcoming Class 50, showcasing the 1990s railtour duo locomotives - 50008 "Thunderer" in BR Laira blue and 50015 "Valiant" in BR civil engineers 'Dutch'. You can find out more about our exclusive models and see further project updates, HERE.
4026 - 50008 "Thunderer" in BR Laira blue - £599
4027 - 50015 "Valiant" in BR Civil Engineers 'Dutch' grey and yellow - £599
50049 "Defiance" at Long Rock Depot in 2019. © Geof Sheppard
A total of fifty Class 50 locomotives were produced in the mid-1960s. The locomotives were initially employed on the non-electrified section of the West Coast Main Line between Crewe and Scotland, hauling express passenger trains at speeds of up to 100mph. Following full electrification of the line, the locos found work on the Great Western Mainline and later they moved once again to services from London to the West and South West. They were withdrawn by the end of 1994 but in recent years, two have been pressed back into service with GBRf. The class were nicknamed "Hoovers" because of the distinctive sound made by the dynamic braking resistor cooling fans (which were removed at refurbishment).
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