Model Rail (UK) - - Opening The Box -

Dapol has added a branch line clas­sic to its range of pocket-sized ‘O’ gauge steam lo­co­mo­tives. In 1932 the GWR in­tro­duced its 75 0-4-2Ts – which fol­lowed a Charles Col­lett de­sign but were in­spired by an ear­lier one from Arm­strong – for branch line and au­to­train work­ing. They were orig­i­nally classified ‘48XX’ but were re­clas­si­fied and renum­bered in the ‘14XX’ se­ries after the Sec­ond World War. A batch of 20 that weren’t fit­ted with push-pull gear were in­tro­duced in 1933 and classified ‘58XX’. Dapol’s model will com­ple­ment its ex-lion­heart au­to­coach. It prom­ises a fully com­pen­sated die-cast chas­sis, flick­er­ing fire­box glow, re­mov­able cab roof, sprung buf­fers and Dapol’s new ‘Quick-t’ DCC and speaker de­sign.

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