Dapol 4D-003-015D

Western Dragoon BR Maroon SYP D1034 DCC Fitted

Manufacturer catalogue image

Prototype Era
Era 5 (1957 to 1966) British Railways Late Crest

Manufacturer description

The Class 52 diesel hydraulic locomotive was introduced by the BR Western Region in 1962 to provide high speed passenger and freight services. To achieve this the locomotive was fitted with two Maybach engines coupled with a Voith 3 speed hydraulic transmission. This had the added advantage that the locomotive could still run if one engine failed. Problems with the transmission however, meant that the locomotive experienced very high maintenance and operating costs and could only achieve the acclaimed 90MPH top speed in certain circumstances. In the end these disadvantages meant that the class was replaced by 1977 with the more efficient and faster Class 50’s and Class 143 HST’s. The classic elegant design with sweeping curves and unmistakable presence has always meant that this locomotive has been a firm favourite with Diesel aficionados. Dapol have managed to capture this character through detailed laser scans and in-depth collaborative research with fellow modellers and the model features:

Catalogue listing

Brand:
Dapol
Product Code:
4D-003-015D
GTIN:
5016927035730
RRP:
£181.94

Model details

DCC status
DCC Fitted
Finish
Pristine
Gauge
OO
Livery
Maroon
Name
Western Dragoon
Running number
D1034
Features
Directional lighting

Prototype information

Locomotive class*
British Rail Class 52 "Western"
Operator
British Railways
Motive power
Diesel
Max speed
90 mph
Built
1961-1964
Total produced
74

* Class names often change over the lifespan of a locomotive, so this is not necessarily the class name used by the operator in the period modelled.

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