VIDEO: Dapol Sentinel for 'O' gauge


Dapol's new Sentinel four-wheel vertical boiler tank engine (4wVBT) touched down at the end of 2019 offering a new choice of shunting locomotive for 'O' gauge.

Our sample models one of the 'Y3' 4wVBTs built for the London North Eastern Railway by Sentinel and was finished in BR black with early crests as 68164. The model is also available in LNER black, BR Departmental black and industrial liveries.

Features of the model include firebox glow at the bottom of the vertical boiler, a die-cast chassis for adhesion, an easy access 21-pin decoder socket, space for a speaker in the boiler and a fully detailed cab interior.

The chassis is all-wheel drive and has pick ups on all four wheels which provide power to the five-pole motor. There are sprung metal buffers at each corner together with a sprung metal three-link coupling on each buffer beam.

Prices start at £175 for DCC ready versions rising to £205 for DCC fitted models and they are available from Dapol stockists now.

Watch it in action on our test track here and read our full review in HM152.