Dapol New Releases in N Gauge Include Gresley Pacific Steam Locomotive
24 October 2011
Dapol have announced a range of new releases in N Gauge, including both the A3 and A4 Gresley Pacific Steam Locomotive. The first three items below are due for release before Christmas this year.
NEM magnetic couplers
These magnetic couplers have been in the design stage for the last 2 years, and Dapol are now ready to release this item for sale. It will also become the de-facto standard coupler fitted to all locomotive production from now on.
To fit, simply pull out your existing coupler from its NEM coupling box and push the new coupler into the empty housing. Do the same again for your rolling stock, and also fit a Dapol uncoupling magnet between the rails at ballast level. This system makes uncoupling over magnets very easy, and also allows the pushing of the uncoupled train (from over the magnet) to anywhere on your layout without it re-coupling up. For the first time hands free shunting becomes a reality in British N gauge). Available as packs of 1 pair or 5 pairs (blister packed) and 1 pair (blister packed of magnets) they will be in your Dapol stockist by late November 2011.
A3 4-6-2 Gresley Pacific Steam Locomotive
This much wanted up to date model of one of the most famous class of steam engines, has been developed using Dapol's tried and tested, award winning tender powered, locomotive drive mechanism. It has been designed to allow most types of A3 locomotive to be produced, including round and banjo domes, single and double chimneys, with or without smoke deflectors, GNR and corridor or non corridor tenders. (Others to follow)
Specification includes Dapol’s superb ‘super creep’ motor allied to a 30:1 gear box, split frame tungsten chassis, phosphor bronze self lubricating axle bushes, scale metal wheels (painted wheel faces), pin point metal bearings on tender wheels, factory fitted NEM magnetic couplers, DCC NEM 651 6pin decoder socket, traction tyres on rear driving wheels, tender to locomotive close coupling, accessory bag, etched brass factory fitted nameplates.
Initial production run to include the following;
ND129a #60045 ‘Lemburg’ BR Lined Green Late Crest (Double Chimney, Banjo Dome, smoke Deflectors and GNR Tender)
ND129b #2750 ‘Papyrus’ LNER lined Apple Green (Single chimney , Round Dome, New type tender)
ND129c #60079 ‘Bayardo’ BR Lined Green Early Crest (Single Chimney, round dome and GNR Tender)
ND129d #4472 ‘Flying Scotsman’ LNER Lined Apple Green (Single Chimney, Banjo dome and corridor Tender)
A4 4-6-2 Gresley pacific steam locomotive.
Released by Dapol at the same time as the A3 is the LNER stablemate - the A4.
Featuring 2 main tender types at launch (others to follow), the mechanics and specification closely follow the A3 locomotive. Variants for this engine include single and double chimneys, painted wheel faces, and with or without number board on the front. Valanced versions of this locomotive are being developed and will appear later. Again this locomotive will feature accurately sized, factory fitted etched brass nameplates, and be fitted with NEM magnetic couplers as standard.
Initial Releases will be as follows:
ND128a #3 ‘Andrew K. McKosh’ LNER Garter Blue with Red painted wheels (single Chimney with corridor tender).
ND128b #60017 ‘Silver Fox’ BR Lined Green Early Crest (Single Chimney and Corridor Tender)
ND128c #60021 ‘Wild Swan’ BR Lined Green Late Crest (Double Chimney and Corridor Tender)
ND128e #2509 ‘Silver Link’ LNER Grey (single chimney and Corridor tender) (N’thusiast Club limited edition)
(Please note that pictures attached are pre-production ones only, and some details/finishes will inevitably change)
Both the A3 and A4 models are due to be in the shops for Christmas and should be very popular so please pre-order yours from your Dapol Stockist today at £119.95 each
4-6-2 Bullied Light Pacific Locomotive
Keeping with the ‘Pacific’ theme, Dapol have announced that they are in the final design stages for producing the Bullied Pacific locomotives.
They will manufacture this model in both un-rebuilt and rebuilt form, with both ‘West Country’ and ‘Battle Of Britain’ names. With a retail price of £119.95 these are bound to be popular, so pre-order yours from your Dapol stockist.
Specification for these models will follow the A3 + A4, including Dapol's factory fitted magnetic coupler as standard and etched brass nameplates and crests.
The initial Release of these models will be;
ND208a Battle Of Britain #21C164 Southern Railways Green (Un-Rebuilt)
ND208b West Country #34098 ‘Templecombe’ BR Green late crest (Rebuilt)
ND208d Battle of Britain #34066 ‘Spitfire’ BR Green Late Crest (Un-Rebuilt)
ND208e Battle of Britain #34088 ‘213 Squadron’ BR Green Late Crest (Rebuilt)
ND208h West Country #34030 ‘Watersmeet’ BR Late Crest (Un-Rebuilt)
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