Dapol Class 87 nears production

Dapol has unveiled first engineering samples of its new ‘N’ gauge Class 87 Bo-Bo electric.

Announced in 2023, development is progressing well with the engineering samples showcasing the level of detail expected on the production model. Improvements to the pantograph area are amongst the amendments identified so far by the company’s development team.

Class 87 decorated samples have arrived.

The specification includes separately fitted detailing on the body and roof, five-pole motor, all-wheel drive and pick-up, posable pantograph and a Next18 Digital Command Control (DCC) decoder socket. The tooling suite caters for changes in the locomotives from their introduction in 1973 to the present day.

Dapol has unveiled samples of their class 87 electric locomotive.

Eight models are planned, finished as 87031 Hal o’ the Wynd in BR blue (Cat No. 2D-087-001), 87017 Iron Duke in InterCity ‘Swallow’ livery (2D-087-002), 87035 Robert Burns in Virgin Trains colours (2D-087-003), 87022 in Direct Rail Services blue (2D-087-004), 87101 Stephenson in BR blue (2D-087-005), 87002 Royal Sovereign in Caledonian Sleeper livery (2D-087-006) and a twin-pack containing 87006 City of Glasgow in BR large logo grey and 87012 Coeur de Lyon in BR Intercity ‘Executive’ colours (2D-087-007).

The new Class 87 from dapol can cater for many detail differences the prototypes have gone through.

Models will be priced at £155 DCC ready and £190 DCC fitted, while the twin-pack is priced at £300 DCC ready and £370 DCC fitted. Release is currently slated for the third quarter of 2024.

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