25258 near Walsall in September 1978. © Steve Jones
Heljan are producing an all-new OO gauge model of the Class 25/3. These new models are set to feature a high specification with a release date expected in Q4 2020. Heljan is representing the final development of the Derby/ Sulzer Type 2, covering 25/3s built between Dec 1963 and April 1967 as well as the 'ETHEL' train-heating units that were converted from the locomotives as a short-term solution in the 1980s.
Heljan's Class 25/3 will feature:
Heljan have shown the first factory painted sample for their new Class 25. This sample showcases D7647 in 'as delivered' condition, complete in the eye-catching BR two-tone green livery. Please note that this a pre-production sample and is subject to modification and correction prior to release later in 2020.
2530 - Class 25/3 D7647 in BR two-tone green with small yellow panels - £152.96
2531 - Class 25/3 D5244 in BR two-tone green with small yellow panels - weathered - £161.46
2532 - Class 25/3 D7550 in BR two-tone green with full yellow ends - £152.96
2533 - Class 25/3 D7661 in BR blue with small yellow panels - £152.96
2534 - Class 25/3 D7667 in BR blue with full yellow ends - 1,000th Diesel Loco Built at Derby Works - £152.96
2535 - Class 25/3 25252 in BR blue with single central double arrows and headcode blinds - £152.96
2536 - Class 25/3 25155 in BR blue with single central double arrows and headcode blinds - weathered - £161.46
2537 - Class 25/3 25093 in BR blue with single central double arrows and 'domino' headcodes - £152.96
2538 - Class 25/9 25912 "Tamworth Castle" in BR blue with extended yellow ends - £152.96
2539 - Class 25/3 D7672 "Tamworth Castle" in BR two-tone green - 1990s railtour condition - £152.96
2540 - Class 25/3 ETHEL train heating unit ADB97250 in BR blue and grey - £152.96
2541 - Class 25/3 ETHEL train heating unit ADB97252 in Intercity livery - £152.96
The /3 variation denoted the final batch of Class 25s that were constructed by BR's Derby Works in the mid-1960s. The Class 25s were developed from the Class 24 and were provided with more power to enable them to hit 90mph. Although primarily designed for freight work, some were fitted with boilers for heating passenger trains and could be seen across most of the network on a variety of services. Three 25/3 locos were converted for use as mobile generators for train heating in cases where the hauling locomotive could not provide it. Named ETHEL units (Electric Train Heating Ex-Locomotives), they were used from 1983 but were all scrapped by 1994.
(Information provided by Wikipedia)
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