The English Electric Class 50 is the latest locomotive to be produced in ‘N’ gauge by Dapol. MIKE WILD reviews this feature-rich new arrival.
POWERFUL and popular the long-standing English Electric Class 50 diesel-electric has long been wanted as a modernday model for ‘N’ gauge. The ‘50’, or ‘Hoover’ in enthusiast parlance, was first produced for the scale by Graham Farish, but current moulding techniques have left that version behind. Dapol rose to the challenge when it began work on a brand new version in 2013. Times changed and the project took a back seat, but in 2017 Dapol confirmed that the ‘Hoover’ was back on the drawing board for production and release. Two years later and the first full batch touched down in September offering a tantalising new choice of motive power for ‘N’ gauge. The Class 50s were built by English Electric at its Vulcan Foundry plant with the first rolling off the production line in September 1967.