‘O’ gauge LSWR ‘B4' takes shape

‘O’ gauge LSWR ‘B4' takes shape


Dapol has received the first Engineering Prototype (EP) sample of its newly-tooled ‘O’ gauge London and South Western Railway (LSWR) ‘B4’ 0-4-0T for evaluation.

Designed by William Adams, 25 of the diminutive 0-4-0Ts were built at the London and South Western Railway’s Nine Elms Works between 1891 and 1908.

Dapol’s new ‘O’ gauge model features a five-pole skew-wound motor, fully compensated die-cast chassis, all-wheel pick-up, 21-pin Digital Command Control (DCC) decoder socket, firebox glow and removable magnetic cab roof. As with the manufacturer's ‘OO’ gauge model, the tooling suite will enable class variations to be modelled with alternative boiler, chimney, buffer and cab options incorporated.

Six models are planned initially, finished as Normandy in as-preserved LSWR black (Cat No: 7S-018-001), 90 Caen in lined brown (7S-018-002), 88 in Southern black (7S-018-003), 30089 in BR black with early crests (7S-018-004), 30096 in BR black with late crests (7S-018-005) and 91 in LSWR lined green (7S-018-006).

Prices are set at £232.88 DCC ready, £263.93 DCC fitted and £360 DCC sound-fitted. Release is expected during the second quarter of 2022.

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