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Heljan Railfreight Class 58, 58037

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This Heljan loco (very similar to Micks 58041) has been on and off my "desirable locos to own" list for quite a while now, but when the opprtunity came up to buy one at a reasonable price, I had to snap it up. Im not sure it quite fits into my West Country / West of Bristol collection of rolling stock, but it does have some personal memories for me - namely, I arrived at Birmingham New St one Saturday (many moons ago...) and found this very loco at the head of an inter regional train from Leeds to Poole. My friend and I hopped on board and had quite a lively ride to Coventry.

Anyway, the loco is the standard Heljan offering, which just needs the cab / body hand rails changing to the correct pattern solid ones and some light weathering applied, before fitting with a sound chip and entering service - quite possibly on my inter-regional rake of mark 2 coaches ;)

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Recently outshopped in weathered livery and now fitted with a Howes sound chip - there was a real squeeze to fit this in, but I made it. :) I also painted some of the cab interior and added a driver.

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Looks really good what you have done with this. I have the same model and would love to do the same with the handrails, do you mind letting me know where you got them from? I can see A1 models do some but I don't think they look quite a good as yours do?
Many thanks
Paul

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Thanks Paul

Do you mean the handrails at the cab doors? They were part of the detail pack that came with the loco from new.

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Yes that's the ones, that's great cheers. I won an ebay heljan 58 yesterday so not sure if the detailing will be with it, didn't realise that Heljan gave the extra detailing, all the pics I have seen show the original handrails but the ones with backboards you have put on look so much better. Cheers

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Different locos had different rails - definitely a case of find a photo of the loco you want to model before fitting them.

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Just looked at pictures now and after all these years I never realised they had different rails! I certainly prefer the look of the ones you have put on so hopefully I will get some in the pack as the model is the same loco, we'll see. Thanks again

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