Dapol Ltd and Lionheart Trains announced the merging of the two companies on August 5 2016 bringing Lionheart’s collection of quality ‘O’ gauge models under the Dapol brand.
The merger sees Dapol take over Lionheart’s GWR ’74XX’ and ’64XX’ 0-6-0PTs, GWR Auto Trailers, BR 16ton mineral wagons, 14ton Air Ministry tank wagons and seven and eight-plank open wagons. Lionheart’s new GWR B-Set carriages, which are currently under development, will now be launched by Dapol. The Lionheart Trains name will continue producing high specification ‘O’ gauge products.
Joel Bright of Dapol said: “This is a marvellous opportunity for both companies to cement their existing close relationship. Under Richard’s expert eye we hope to develop and improve the Dapol range in ‘O’, ‘OO’ and ‘N’ and at the same time use Dapol’s size and distribution to make ‘O’ gauge more affordable and accessible to more modellers through our range of dealers.”
Both Companies will be located at Dapol’s Chirk based facility. Enquiries regarding the Lionheart range through Dapol’s phone number on 01691 774455.
Visit www.dapol.co.uk for more information.