DAPOL HAS revealed that it is working on its first 'OO' gauge industrial locomotive with a model of the Hawthorn Leslie 0-4-0ST. The new project was revealed at the 2022 London Festival of Railway Modelling.
Hawthorn Leslie formed in 1886 with the merging of shipbuilder A Leslie and Company in Hebburn and locomotive builder R and W Hawthorn in St Peter's, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. It built locomotives for industrial railways to a number of designs and specifications with examples of the 0-4-0 and 0-6-0 wheel arrangement. Its products also extended to fireless locomotives.
Dapol's new 'OO' gauge model replicates the 'standard' Hawthorn Leslie 0-4-0ST which was built between 1899 and 1924. They saw service in industry at iron works, collieries and power stations with the last being withdrawn in the 1970s. In total 10 have survived into preservation.
The specification for the model includes a moulded body with separately fitted detail parts, a Next18 decoder socket with access through removable saddle tanks, cast wheels, a die-cast compensated chassis with all-wheel pick-up, NEM coupling pockets, a five-pole motor and an accessory pack with each locomotive.
The price per model is set at £117 for DCC ready versions and £152 DCC fitted. Dapol has confirmed that the CAD drawing phase is complete and the 0-4-0ST is due to go into the tool room with first engineering samples expected in summer 2022.
Nine locomotives are planned in the first batch modelling Asbestos in green with yellow lining (Cat No. 4S-024-001), Henry in black with red lining (4S-024-002), Invincible in maroon with straw lining (4S-024-003), Port of London Authority 56 in blue with yellow lining (4S-024-004), National Coal Board blue with straw lining (4S-024-005), Faraday in green (4S-024-006), Spider in Black Park Colliery green (4S-024-007), Newcastle Electric Supply No. 13 in yellow with chevrons (4S-024-008) and Wallaby in Australian Iron and Steel Company light blue (4S-024-009).
A release date was to be confirmed at the models launch.
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