Dapol plans second run of ‘OO’ gauge ‘43XX’
Dapol is to undertake a second production run of the Great Western Railway Churchward ‘43XX’ 2-6-0 in ‘OO’ gauge – with an expanded tooling suite to allow further variations of these popular locomotives to be covered.
As with the first batch, the model incorporates die-cast compensated chassis, but now allows variations including ‘porthole’ cab windows above the firebox, straight chimneys, original front pony truck spring housing, longer middle right-hand splasher and smooth-sided tender. There are also options for Churchward tapered and Collett straight shank buffers and a new motion bracket and boiler support.
Gearing has been adjusted to a 30:1 ratio for better slow speed running and a more accurate top speed, while there are improved slide bars and crossheads, and an upgraded firebox glow, which will appear in forthcoming models such as the ‘Manor’ 4-6-0.
The pony truck is sprung and operates on a cam, allowing the model to negotiate second radius curves. Digital Command Control provision is tool-free with Next18 socket, with provision made for installation of a cube speaker.
It will cost £167.95 DCC Ready, £197.95 DCC Fitted and £277.95 DCC Sound fitted, the latter available exclusively through pre-order at https://www.dapol.co.uk/shop/preorder/OO-Gauge-Preorder/78xx-4-6-0-Manor-Sound-Fitted
Dapol second batch ‘43XX’ running numbers and liveries
Catalogue No. Locomotive
· 4S-043-008 5322, Khaki
· 4S-043-009 4321, GWR with crest
· 4S-043-010 5350, GWR without crest
· 4S-043-011 4377, GWR ‘shirtbutton’
· 4S-043-012 5320, GWR without crest
· 4S-043-013 5370, BR lined black, early crest
· 4S-043-014 5377, BR black, early crest
· 4S-043-015 4358, BR lined green, early crest