Dapol has revealed it is to bolster its ‘O’ gauge range with a newly-tooled HIA limestone hopper wagon.
Used to transport limestone from Derbyshire to Cambridgeshire, Kent, Lancashire, Norfolk and Yorkshire, these distinctive Freightliner Heavy Haul branded bogie hopper wagons were built in Poland in the mid-2000s. Of the 122 wagons in service, most carry Freightliner green, although 27 were delivered in white.
Development of the new Dapol model is well advanced with Engineering Prototype samples already assessed and decorated samples awaited. Each will feature a die-cast chassis, finely moulded body, door-operating system detail, bogies with metal suspension springs, sprung buffers and screw link couplings.
Six wagons are planned initially for ‘O’ gauge, with four Freightliner green examples finished as 369008 (Cat No. 7F-026-001), 369022 (7F-026-002), 369002 (7F-026-005) and 369020 (7F-026-006), together with two in Freightliner Heavy Haul white as 369027 (7F-026-003) and 369044 (7F-026-004).
Priced at £80 each, release is expected in the second quarter of 2023.
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