Dapol reveals Class 323 EMU plans

Dapol has announced plans to produce a newly-tooled BR Class 323 25kV AC three-car Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) for ‘OO’ gauge.

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Built between 1992 and 1995 by Hunslet Transportation Projects and Holec for use on British Rail’s Provincial Sector electrified routes in the Midlands and North West, 43 three-car units were constructed. Still in traffic today, 26 units are in operation with West Midlands Railways and 17 with Northern Trains.

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Dapol’s all-new ‘OO’ gauge models will reflect original and refurbished conditions and feature a low-profile motor in the centre car driving all wheels, PluX22 Digital Command Control (DCC) decoder socket, 14-pin electrical connection between cars (requiring a single DCC decoder per three-car set), factory-fitted speaker in each driving car, DCC controllable lighting – including door opening lights for station stops, interior and cab illumination, switchable tail lights, working BSI couplings on front ends, original and refurbished internal layout in centre car, fully-decorated interiors (correct for each version), poseable dummy pantograph and bespoke DCC sound project.

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Seven models are planned for the first batch of releases as 323203 in Regional Railways Centro colours (Cat No. 4D-323-001), 323227 in Regional Railways Greater Manchester PTE livery (4D-323-002), 323213 in London Midland livery (4D-323-003), 323238 in First North Western ‘Barbie’ with Northern branding (4D-323-004), 323241 in West Midlands Trains livery (4D-323-005), 323225 in new Northern white and blue (4D-323-006) and 323221 in Regional Railways Centro heritage repaint colours (4D-323-007).

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Each model will reflect correct bodyside and headlight arrangements and will also be supplied with alternative destination labels.

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Available DCC ready, DCC fitted and DCC sound-fitted, prices are set at £350, £385 and £470 respectively. Release is anticipated during the second quarter of 2025.

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