Dapol O gauge 7D-008-010U UnNumbered BR Class 08 0-6-0 350bhp Diesel Shunter Blue with Wasp Stripes No Ladders
Dapol have produced a very finely detailed model of the British Railways standard heavy shunting engine, best known as class 08, but often referred to by railwaymen as '350s' from the original 350bhp engine rating. Developed from locomotives ordered by the big four railway companies in the late 1930s and through the 40s British Railways picked the most reliable equipment for their standard heavy diesel shunter. 996 locomotives were built between 1952 and 1962, replacing steam traction in yards and depots, with several hundred still at work on the national rail network, heritage railways and in industrial service.
The Dapol model is driven by a powerful 5-pole motor with a flywheel smoothing out the drive through a gear system designed to provide realistic smooth, slow speed running suitable for shunting work. Extensive research into the design variations within almost a thousand locomotives built by five different works over ten years has produced a highly detailed bodyshell replicating the first batches of 08s built with external hinge strapping on the bonnet side doors. The tooling is designed to allow for other common variations, with models available with one or two exhauster boxes at the front of the footplate and to replicate locomotives in early condition with radiator access ladders and later service when the ladders were removed. The cab has not been forgotten, with opening cab doors revealing interior detailing, control desk, brake stand and cable trunking.
UnNumbered BR class 08 shunter in blue livery with warning yellow and black wasp stripe ends. No ladders. Suitable for D3xxx or TOPS numbering.
DCC Ready with a 21-pin decoder connection and space provided for a speaker easily accessible under a 'clip in' bonnet roof section (5 or more decoder function outputs required). Equipped with sprung buffers, sprung coupling hook and 3 link chain coupling. Fitted with directional lighting including red/white shunting lamps.
The Dapol O gauge Class 08 will have the following features:
Fine cast metal coupling hooks and chains.
Directional and cab lights.
Finely moulded body with many separately added fine details.
Etched name plates where applicable.
DCC ready with 21 pin decoder connection for control of all aspects of running.
Cast wheels with fine relief and appropriate colouring.
Tungsten chassis and all wheel pickup.
Tooling designed to allow the production of alternate models.
Powerful 5 pole skew wound motor and flywheel for superior running and performance
Accessory bag with spares and other added detail.