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N Gauge Class 87 Announced

N Gauge Class 87 Announced


36 Class 87 locomotives were introduced from 1973 to work the newly electrified northern section of the West Coast Mainline to Glasgow. These locomotives were based on the successful Class 86 design, featuring a modernised design and capable of generating 5000HP. The final loco in the build was revised to test new thyristor controls and was numbered 87101.  

With new Mark 3 coaches, the 87s became known as the Electric Scots and significantly reduced journey times between Euston and Glasgow.The 87s provided front-line service with British Rail and latterly Virgin Trains until 2005, when replaced by Pendolino EMUs, with many locos transferring to other operators or being exported abroad.     

The Dapol Class 87

Dapol would like to thank the 87035 Group at Crewe Heritage Centre for their invaluable help giving access to their locomotive which helped supplement the other forms of research undertaken in the design of this new model.      

We are delighted to be able to share with you a selection of CAD images that will help give you an idea of how the model is going to look.


  • Finely detailed body & roof with many extra fitted detail items 
  • 5 pole Super Creep motor with incredible controllable slow running speed 
  • All wheel drive and pick up 
  • Finely detailed (posable/non functional) High-Speed and Cross-Arm pantographs (as appropriate) 
  • Accessory bag with optional fitted parts 

Side Elevation

Roof Detail 

Cab End Variations

Proposed Liveries

The images below are of the provisional artworks and are shown for illustration only - they are subject to change and or correction where necessary.

2D-087-001 Class 87 Hal'o'the Wynd 87031 BR Blue 

2D-087-002 Class 87 Iron Duke 87017 Intercity Swallow 

2D-087-003 Class 87 Robert Burns 87035 Virgin Trains  

2D-087-004 Class 87 87022 DRS   

2D-087-005 Class 87 Stephenson 87101 BR Blue    

2D-087-006 Class 87 Royal Sovereign 87002 Caledonian Sleeper     

2D-087-007 Class 87 Twin Pack City of Glasgow 87006 Coeur de Lyon 87012     

Recommended Retail Price

DCC Ready



DCC Fitted



Twin Pack


(DCC Fitted: £370.00)

Project Update

The design team are finalising the CAD's at the moment and then the project will move to the tooling room. we expect to have finished models in stores by Q3 2024.

Pre-Order your model at your preferred Dapol stockist

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