Heljan 7300 - BR Class 73/1 E 6008 (Pre TOPS) Early BR Blue Grey Waistband

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SKU: HN7300
Regular price £779.00 inc. VAT




Designed to operate on both third-rail electric and diesel power in non-electrified areas such as yards and depots, the Class 73s lived a relatively mundane life until they were thrust into the limelight when the new ‘Gatwick Express’ operation started in 1984. Over the years, the class has worked everything from express passenger to newspaper and mail, freight and engineering trains. The advent of Sectorisation in the mid-1980s saw the standard BR blue livery replaced by a rainbow of liveries, a trend that continues today.

Despite a steady decline in the 1990s, these hugely versatile locomotives have seen a revival in the 21st century and continue to play a vital role hauling engineering and test trains for GB Railfreight and Network Rail on the 750V DC third-rail network and beyond. Now seen over a much wider area than in BR days, the ‘EDs’ have gained a cult following and 13 locomotives have even been rebuilt with more powerful diesel engines and modern electronics transforming them into 1,600hp go-anywhere machines.


This O gauge Class 73/1 electro-diesel features a plug-and-play DCC interface, new lighting features and a wide range of authentic detail variations covering the entire career of this enduringly popular Southern Region class.

These models have being designed to offer a range of authentic detail variations covering the entire career of the production batch built in 1965-67, many of which are still active on the main line network and heritage railways. These will include locomotives with or without high intensity headlights and NRN radio aerials, radio pods and optional fibreglass arc shields fitted to the bogies from the mid-1980s onwards.

Like the HELJAN Class 26/27, these models have been fitted with ‘plug-and-play’ DCC and sound capability using ESU’s LokSound 5 XL high-power pin decoder.


  • Sprung buffers
  • Wire handrails
  • Fine etched grilles
  • Separately fitted buffing plates
  • SR 27-way multiple working cables and hoses
  • Windscreen wipers
  • Sandpipes
  • Bogie and bufferbeam details
  • High-performance twin motor with fitted flywheel
  • All-wheel drive and pick-up
  • Separately switchable cab, tail and engine room lights
  • ESU XL pin decoder interface
  • Provision for DCC sound.