Dapols 48xx/14xx/58xx class 0-4-2 tank models feature -
- Die-cast running plate for added weight
- Fully compensated die-cast chassis
- Die-cast and finescale profiled wheels
- High level of separately applied detail
- Flickering fire light effect
- Removable cab roof for ease of posing your locomotive crew
- Sprung metal buffers and articulated screw coupling
- Dapols proven motor and gearbox offering exceptional smooth performance and slow running capabilities
- DCC Ready incorporating Dapols new 'Quick-fit' DCC and speaker design
The 58xx class of 0-4-2T tank engines were built concurrently with the 48xx class locomotives and to the same design but without the mechanical and electrical connections for working with auto trailers. These 'non-auto' engines were sent to lines were a new, modern engines were needed, but push-pull working was not used. These duties varied from classic rural branches like the Malmesbury line to the GWRs scenic route through the wild Snowdonia foothills from Bala to Blaenau Ffestiniog.Often these lines had significant goods traffic and the use of a dual purpose locomotive was more practical, a 58 being equally at home with a short goods train as with a passenger train of elderly 4-wheel coaches, which were still in use on the Malmesbury train when the 58s arrived, 2-coach B sets or a single brake composite.
On some lines trains ran 'mixed' with a few goods wagons following the passenger coach and a goods train brake van carrying the guard at the very rear. The later 74xx panniers (also available from Dapol) joined the 58xx engines in the British Railways period.
Suitable coaches are available from Slaters (4 wheel coach kits) and Dapol (single coaches and 2-coach B sets) ranges of O gauge models.