The Class 66 has been announced as a new ready-to-run project by Dapol for release in ‘O’ gauge with the first samples of the in development model expected in the second quarter of 2020. The announcement was made at the Modern Image O Gauge show on November 2 2019.
The first of the Class 66s were completed in 1998 following construction by EMD in Canada. The initial order was placed by EWS for 250 locomotives, but this has since been expanded with further batches being built for Freightliner, Direct Rail Services and GB Railfreight. The last was built and delivered in Spring 2016 for GBRf – 66779 which was named Evening Star and painted in British Railways lined green to mark the end of Class 66 construction.
Dapol’s new model will cover eight subclasses of the ’66’ including original EWS Class 66/0s, Freightliner 66/5s, DRS Class 66/4s and GBRf Class 66/7s. Prices are set at £325 for DCC ready versions, £355 for DCC fitted models and £475 for DCC sound fitted locomotives.
The specification includes working front and rear lights – including day and night modes, operating side lights, cab lights, an illuminated control panel, two motors, DCC ready with a 21-pin decoder socket and a brand new sound file with Dapol’s RealDrive functions.
The chassis and body will have etched see-through grilles, a heavy die-cast chassis, die-cast bogie frames, sprung centre wheels, rotating axle centres, working couplings and sprung buffers.
Liveries proposed will cover 66001 in EWS maroon and gold, 66504 in Freightliner Powerhaul colours, 66709 Sorrento in GBRf MSC livery, 66421 in DRS colours, 66789 British Rail 1948-1997 in GBRf ‘large logo’ blue and 66783 The Flying Dustman in Biffa red and orange.
CAD drawing work approaching completion and the model is due to go into tooling soon. A firm release date is to be announced.
Visit www.dapol.co.uk for more information.