The Heljan Class 58 is a fantastic model and by far superior to the Hornby Class 58 from the 1980s. However with a little effort, the Class 58 from Hornby can be made to look the part for any layout. Hornby made a number of Class 58 models starting in 1982. This project focuses on the R.250 style original Class 58 from Hornby. You can read more about the various Hornby Class 58's at http://www.hornbyguide.com/class_details.asp?classid=31.

These models can be found for under £30 at various retailers as pre-owned as well as on auction sites like eBay. This first video in the series looks at several 58s we picked up from eBay and the subsequent repairs done to them...

If you are lucky enough to pick one up that doesn't need repair, then some quick maintenance is usually sufficient to get them running smoothly...

Once running smoothly again, we were able to move on to the next part of the project which was to get the Hornby Class 58 a little closer to the excellent standard of the Heljan model...

The final touch is to add some weathering...

With the project finished we take a final look at what was done and the end result...

For a second hand locomotive that has a base cost of under 30 quid, the end result is fantastic and worth the effort. Look for future projects on our channel, as we have several other Class 58s waiting for similar refurbishing...

In the meantime, if you enjoyed this project, why not check out our Class 66 project at https://oorail.co.uk/class-66-rhtt-project/