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New OO Gauge Class 73 Liveries Announced

New OO Gauge Class 73 Liveries Announced 

Dapol are delighted to announce the launch of a new series of OO Gauge Class 73 models at the 2022 London Festival of Railway Modelling. This production run will see the return of BR Blue livery models that have not featured in the line up since the model run was released in November 2015.

Prototype Background

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 (600 HP) and the scarcity of third rail supply means that the locomotive rarely operates outside the Southern Region. Forty nine Class 73s 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 locomotives were built by English Electric at 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 90 mph. Since the privatisation of BR many Class 73s were acquired by the smaller operators and have been seen in many different liveries. At least eleven locomotives survive into preservation and several are still in use with GBRF and Network Rail.


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  • Detailed body with etched grills and separately fitted handrails
  • RP25.100 darkened wheels
  • Metal sprung buffers  
  • 5 pole Super creep motor with twin brass fly wheels for controlled pulling power and incredible slow running speed
  • All wheel drive and pick up
  • Independent directional lights & cab lighting
  • Accessory bag with optional fitted components

Proposed Models & RRP

Dapol are proposing to produce a total of seven Class 73 locomotives in this production run.  These are listed below:


4D-006-015 Class 73 JB Electric Blue E6012 SYP 

Decorated sample Shown for illustration only. Shade of blue to be corrected in production


4D-006-016 Class 73 JB Early Blue SYP & Double Arrow Logo E6031

Decorated sample shown for illustration only


4D-006-017 Class 73 JA BR Blue FYP 73002

Decorated sample shown for illustration only


4D-006-018 Class 73 JB BR Blue FYP 73120

Decorated sample shown for illustration only


4D-006-019 Class 73 JB Large Logo BR Blue  73126 

Decorated sample shown for illustration only.  Model to be changed to 73126 in production


4D-006-020 Class 73 JB Intercity Executive 73136

Decorated sample shown for illustration only


4D-006-021 Class 73 JB GB Railfreight Battle of britain 73109

Decorated sample shown for illustration only


The recomended retail price of these models is

DCC Ready: £155.00     DCC Fitted: £185.00     DCC Sound Fitted: £285.00


The Decorated samples are under review and feedback is being provided to the factory to correct a small number of minor issues. The models are expected to be in sops towards the end of the year.


Pre-Order At Your Preferred Dapol Stockist From Monday 21st March


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