😍 Dapol Reveal Hawthorn Leslie Production Samples

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Dapol have revealed final production samples for their newly tooled range of Hawthorn Leslie 0-4-0ST steam locomotives in OO gauge. This comprehensive range features all manner of colourful liveries and many accurate detail variations between locomotives including different cab and buffer types. The final models are due to arrive in stock with us by the end of June 2024.

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Product Features

Finely moulded body with many separately added fine details

DCC ready with NEXT-18 socket included—accessed via the lift off dicast saddle tanks

DCC and Sound fitted models available

Cast wheels with fine relief and appropriate colouring

Die-cast compensated chassis and all wheel pick up 

NEM pockets as standard

Powerful 5 pole skew wound motor

Accessory bag with spares and other optional detail 

Prototype Information

Hawthorn Leslie and Company was formed by the merger of the shipbuilder A. Leslie and Company in Hebburn with the locomotive works of R. and W. Hawthorn at St.Peter’s in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1886. The company manufactured locomotives to order for main line companies and later had a number of standard designs including 0-4-0 saddle tanks and fireless locomotives. 

Image by Dapol

In 1937 Robert Stephenson of Darlington amalgamated with the locomotive works at Forth Banks to form Robert Stephenson and Hawthorns Ltd. By this time Hawthorn Leslie had built 2,783 locomotives.

The newly formed Robert Stephenson and Hawthorns became a subsidiary of the Vulcan Foundry in 1943 and Hawthorn’s 137-year connection with Forth Banks ended.

The Dapol model is based on the 0-4-0 saddle tanks built between 1899 and 1924. They were produced in large numbers and continued in a variety of industrial uses (included Iron works, collieries and power stations) until the early to mid 1970’s. Over 10 locomotives have made it into various states of preservation.

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