Dapol 4D-006-012

Class 73 South West Trains 73235 Blue Orange Red Livery

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Prototype Eras
Era 9 (1995 to 2004) Initial Privatisation
Era 10 (2005 to 2015) Rebuilding of the Railways

Manufacturer description

The British Rail Class 73 is a type of Bo-Bo electro-diesel locomotive and is dual powered, capable of operating electrically from 750V DC third rail or via a small on board diesel engine. The relatively low power of the diesel engine (600hp) and the scarcity of third rail supply means that the locomotive rarely operates outside the Southern region. Forty nine Class 73’s were built in total. The first six were built by BR at their Eastleigh works in 1962 and were designated Type JA. The remaining forty three were built by English Electric at their Vulcan Foundry at Newton-Le-Willows between 1965 and 1967 and were designated Type JB. The later Type JB had a slightly higher power output with a top speed increase from 80 to 90mph. Since the privatisation of BR, many Class 73’s were acquired by the small operators and have been seen running in many different liveries. At least eleven locomotives survive into preservation and several are still in use with GBRF and Network Rail.


The Dapol model of the Class 73 shall feature

·         Detailed body with etched grills and separately fitted handrails

·         Metal sprung buffers

·         5 pole Super creep motor with twin brass flywheels

·         All wheel drive and pick up

·         DCC ready with a 21 pin decoder socket

·         Accessory bag with optional fitted components

·         Working cab and directional lights

Catalogue listing

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Model details

DCC status
DCC Ready 21 pin socket
Running number
Directional lighting

Prototype information

Locomotive class*
British Rail Class 73
South West Trains
Motive power
Max speed
90 mph
Total produced

* 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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