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In 1956 a young boy named Jan Nannestad, started saving up for his Model Railway layout as he was frustrated with lack of genuinely affordable model railway kits and accessories that were available. This frustration encouraged Jan and his father to start making their own Scenic materials.

After a while, retailers picked up on their fine craftsmanship and they were asked to manufacture these trees for them to sell in their toy shops and so Heljan was born.

For a short time in the 1970's Heljan supplied  Marklin and Revell with kits, they then started to concentrate on their own range and supplied Model companies in the USA. In the late 1980's, Heljan estabilshed a range of Danish wagons and coaches and later Locomotives.

Later the company passed to Nannestad's son Jan and Grandson's Bo and Kim and in 2001 Heljan introduced the first locomotive, the Class 47  to the UK market , this was well received and over the last 12 years have continued to supply top quality models mainly diesel's to the UK.

We focus on Heljan’s award-winning Locomotives, so take a look at what made collectors (and even retailers) so passionate about them in the first place.


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