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Heljan Class 20 O Gauge Review

The Heljan Class 20 locomotive is one of their most popular models in O gauge. Very convincing looks, even around hard to model areas such as the crews cab and the bonnet shape make this a very good model train indeed. Currently only available as a disc headcode locomotive of the D8000-8127 batch, the Heljan Class 20 will look the part hauling & shunting any freight stock on your O scale model railway. For detail lovers, there’s plenty of separate small detailing parts fitted to the model in both plastic and etched brass, enhancing its looks considerably. The only downside though is that some of these are quite fragile for a hefty locomotive like this and are prone to falling off if it’s not handled correctly.

On the track though, the Heljan Class 20 comes into its own. Each bogie is driven by its own vertically mounted five-pole motor, aided by a large brass flywheel. Performance is therefore very smooth, quiet and very powerful indeed. Haulage capacity is excellent to say the least.

Overall Features Of The Heljan Class 20

The Heljan Class 20 comes equipped with a good array of extra features that really add to the realism of this locomotive. Powered roof fan, working headlights and buffer beam detailing  make this locomotive a faithful reproduction of its 1:1 prototype. NEM couplings are used too, along with sprung buffers. The only downside feature-wise is the omission of a DCC socket, meaning upgrading to DCC will take a little more work than should really be necessary, which is a shame.

Livery wise, things are a bit limited too, with only BR Blue and Green being available currently. Hopefully Heljan will bring out more alternative liveries soon.

Is It Worth The Money

For smaller O gauge layouts, you really can’t go wrong with this model. Well built (apart from the fragile detail parts) and very good looking, it’s a great model, especially where discounts can be had.

For

Good shape, great attention to detail, working lights, smooth running, working roof fan. Very versatile.

Against

No DCC socket, some fragile detailing parts too. Moulding seams are a bit to prominent too.

Overall Rating – 84%

 

HELJAN 2010 - 8164 Reworked Class 20 BR Green - Weathered O Gauge

HELJAN 2010 - 8164 Reworked Class 20 BR Green - Weathered O Gauge
Current price:
£549.99
Ends in:
8d 3h 2m
Seller: eBay
 

Specification

Locomotive Nos.:D8000-8127, 20001-128Gauge:O Gauge
Body Material:Plastic with metal parts
Chassis:Metal/Plastic
Period:1957 OnwardsRegion:ER, LMR, ScR
Weight:1.57kgRetail Price:£535.00
DimensionsPrototypeO GaugeModel
Length (over buffers):46ft 9.25in327.8mm328mm
Height:12ft 7in89mm87mm
Width (Over cab):8ft 9in61.35mm62mm
Wheel Diameter:3ft 7in24.9mm25.5mm
Wheel Back To Backs:--7.5mm
DCC Ready:NoMinimum Curve Radius:800mm
Lights:Directional Marker Lights

See This O Gauge Locomotive In Action


Second Hand Values Of The Heljan Class 20

This locomotive holds its price pretty well although substantial savings can be made if you can find a good second hand example. Expect to pay around £300.00 for a good model. If you’re trading one in, expect to get around £150 or so.

Where To Buy Heljan Class 20 O Gauge Locomotives

Contact your local model shop for availability of the Heljan Class 20.

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