Warley 2019 Roundup
Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th November 2019 saw the annual Warley national model railway exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham! As ever, the show was packed to the brim with incredible layouts, awe inspiring centrepiece displays and a huge selection of exhibitors.
Explore our highlights from the show, including some of the amazing layouts on display. We caught up with “Who’s Counting Rivets” from the Great Model Railway Challenge and also took a look at the winning layout produced by the “Railmen of Kent”.
At the show, we displayed a life size mockup for one of our Genesis coaches. Attendees were able to don some Victorian attire and pose with the coach, alongside one of our passengers - transported in via time machine specially for Warley!
Find out more about our Genesis coaches and pre-order yours, HERE
Heljan revealed a number of new projects at Warley, including some newly tooled O gauge items and updates for popular OO gauge locomotives. All of these new items are available to pre-order now and you can see more about each one below.
Heljan O Gauge Mk2 & Mk2A Coaches
Mk2A BFK W17069 at Birmingham New Street in June 1984. © Steve Jones
Heljan have revealed that they are to produce newly tooled Mk2 and Mk2A coaches for O gauge! The expansive range will cover many of the liveries worn by the rolling stock across their lives, from their inception in the 1960s, right up to the present day. This is the first time that ready-to-run highly detailed Mk2 coaches have been produced for the O gauge market.
Heljan O Gauge GWR Collett Goods 0-6-0
3205 on the South Devon Railway in February 2014. © Neil Scott
Heljan have revealed that they are to produce a newly tooled model of the GWR Collett Goods 0-6-0 as their next steam locomotive for O gauge. This classic GWR loco will share its tender with Heljan’s previous Class 43xx and will also feature a similar high specification. Design work is now in progress, with 8 variations expected to arrive during early 2021.
Heljan O Gauge Class 37/0
37116 "Comet". © Jon Gavin
Heljan are to produce a new batch of their highly popular O gauge Class 37. The new batch will cater for the 37/0 subclass with the early split headcode box design, in the most popular liveries from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
Heljan OO Gauge Class 86/4 & 86/6
86426 at Manchester Piccadilly. © Jim
Heljan are to produce an updated range of Class 86/4 and 86/6 locomotives in OO gauge. This fully-upgraded model will feature design improvements from Heljan’s forthcoming Class 86/0 and will represent the mixed traffic 86/4 and freight-only 86/6 locos in a wide variety of liveries, with accurate detail differences for each one.
Heljan OO Gauge Class 33/0 & 33/1
Heljan are to produce a partially retooled model of their popular Class 33/0, representing later locomotives that were fitted with high intensity headlights. Liveries from the late-1980s to the 2000s will be covered upon release in Q2 2020. These new models will join Heljan’s other forthcoming new variants of the 33 from their original tooling, with some being available as special train packs or twin loco packs.
Heljan OO Gauge Class O2 ‘Tango’ 2-8-0
Heljan have revealed that they are to produce new variations of their OO gauge LNER Class 02 ‘Tango’ locomotive! A total of eight new models are expected in Q4 2020, which now cover the O2/1, O2/2 and O2/4 variations, with tooling variations for Great Northern cab and tender options.
We got a close look at a number of project updates from Hornby, Heljan, Hornby and Oxford Rail. A wide selection of highly anticipated models were on display, all of which are available to pre-order right now. See more about each project in detail below…
Dapol OO Gauge Class 43xx Mogul 2-6-0 - Painted Samples Revealed
Dapol have provided us with a close look at the latest painted samples for their forthcoming Mogul! Six variations will be available covering the locomotive throughout its lifespan.
Heljan OO9 Gauge L&B Baldwin 2-4-2T - Engineering Prototype Revealed
Heljan have revealed the first engineering prototype for their forthcoming model of “Lyn”. Due in mid-2020, a total of six variations will be available covering all of the liveries worn by Lyn.
Hornby OO Gauge LMS Princess Royal 4-6-2 - Painted Sample Revealed
Hornby have showcased the first painted sample for their eagerly awaited newly tooled Princess Royal. A total of three models are due in stock in early 2020.
Oxford Rail OO Gauge Class J27 0-6-0 - Painted Samples Revealed
Oxford Rail have given us a close look at the early painted samples for their forthcoming J27, showing us three models covering BR and LNER colour schemes. Four variations are due to arrive in Q2 2020.
Platform 1: Bumper Warley Special
Join Jack and Dave on Friday 29th November 2019 for a special 90 minute episode of our Platform 1 livestream, covering all of the news and announcements from Warley! They will be live from 1pm and you can join in to ask any questions and share your thoughts on the show.