Dapol unveils GWR Toplight Main Line and City coaches

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Dapol has unveiled plans to produce a set of Great Western Railway (GWR) Toplight Main Line and City non-corridor carriages for ‘OO’.

Built in the early 1920s, half-a-dozen six-car sets of these steel-panelled close-coupled carriages were introduced on GWR suburban services to/from London Paddington and the City of London via the Metropolitan Railway’s underground system. As a result they were built to conform with the restricted loading gauge within the tunnels. They remained in service into BR days, with the last examples withdrawn in late 1957.

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Already at an advanced stage, the first Engineering Prototype (EP) samples have been received by the company’s development team for evaluation, while the first decorated samples are expected during the second quarter of the year. Tantalisingly, the company has also confirmed that Toplight corridor coaches are also in development.

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Whilst the coaches will be available individually, they will be accurately numbered to form prototypical six-vehicle sets comprising two Diagram D62 Brake Thirds (BT), two Diagram C37 Third Class (T) and two Diagram E101 Composites (C), in a selection of liveries across two batches. The first batch will be finished in GWR lined crimson, GWR Twin City crest chocolate and cream and BR maroon (see table 1 for details), while the second batch will appear in GWR brown, GWR shirtbutton and lined chocolate and cream colour schemes (see table 2).

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These all-new highly-detailed coaches are set to feature frosted Toplight windows, bolection window mouldings, separately fitted roof vents, metal conduit and handrails, etched brass door handles, wire commode handles, detailed and decorated interiors, heavy diecast chassis, 9ft bogie bolsters with diecast frames, electrical pick-ups, detailed underframes, brake rigging and sprung metal buffers. Each vehicle will also include a six-pin Digital Command Control (DCC) decoder socket, while the Brake Third/Second carriages will feature a working (non-removable) tail light at the brake van end. 

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Priced at £60 each, the first releases are expected during late 2022, while the second batch is expected to follow in early 2023.

Visit www.dapol.co.uk for more information.

TABLE 1 - DAPOL 'OO' GWR TOPLIGHT MAIN LINE AND CITY COACHES - BATCH 1  
DESCRIPTION CAT NO. 
Brake Third 3747, GWR lined crimson  4P-020-001
Brake Third 3748, GWR lined crimson  4P-020-002
Third 3901, GWR lined crimson 4P-020-011
Third 3902, GWR lined crimson 4P-020-012
Composite 7901, GWR lined crimson 4P-020-021
Composite 7902, GWR lined crimson 4P-020-022
Brake Third 3751, GWR Twin City chocolate and cream 4P-020-201
Brake Third 3752, GWR Twin City chocolate and cream 4P-020-202
Third 3905, GWR Twin City chocolate and cream 4P-020-211
Third 3906, GWR Twin City chocolate and cream 4P-020-212
Composite 7905, GWR Twin City chocolate and cream 4P-020-221
Composite 7906, GWR Twin City chocolate and cream 4P-020-222
Brake Second 3757, BR maroon 4P-020-501
Brake Second 3758, BR maroon 4P-020-502
Second 3911, BR maroon 4P-020-511
Second 3912, BR maroon 4P-020-512
Composite 7911, BR maroon 4P-020-521
Composite 7912, BR maroon 4P-020-522
TABLE 2 - DAPOL 'OO' GWR TOPLIGHT MAIN LINE AND CITY COACHES - BATCH 2  
DESCRIPTION CAT NO.
Brake Third 3749, GWR lined chocolate and cream 4P-020-101
Brake Third 3750, GWR lined chocolate and cream 4P-020-102
Third 3903, GWR lined chocolate and cream 4P-020-111
Third 3904, GWR lined chocolate and cream 4P-020-112
Composite 7903, GWR lined chocolate and cream 4P-020-121
Composite 7904, GWR lined chocolate and cream 4P-020-122
Brake Third 3753, GWR shirtbutton 4P-020-301
Brake Third 3754, GWR shirtbutton 4P-020-302
Third 3907, GWR shirtbutton 4P-020-311
Third 3908, GWR shirtbutton 4P-020-312
Composite 7907, GWR shirtbutton 4P-020-321
Composite 7908, GWR shirtbutton 4P-020-322
Brake Third 3755, GWR all brown 4P-020-401
Brake Third 3756, GWR all brown 4P-020-402
Third 3909, GWR all brown 4P-020-411
Third 3910, GWR all brown 4P-020-412
Composite 7909, GWR all brown 4P-020-421
Composite 7910, GWR all brown 4P-020-422