New Dapol OO Gauge 28xx / 2884

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New OO Gauge 28xx / 2884 2-8-0 Locomotive Announced!

Dapol is delighted to be able to announce the launch of their brand new OO Gauge 28xx / 2884 model range. The model has been launched at the Cotswold Festival of Steam on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway.

28xx / 2884 Prototype

The GWR prototype 2-8-0 locomotive 2800 (originally No 97) was built in 1903 and underwent two years of trials before further production began which resulted in 84 of the class being built. The design was much in advance of its time and this class and the slightly modified 2884 class were built from 1903 until 1942. They remained the standard freight design on the GWR for the rest of the Company’s existence and were used on the heaviest freight trains.

Seven models to be released in this initial batch with DCC Fitted and DCC Sound Fitted models to also be released.

Pricing as follows:

DCC Ready - £161.49 (RRP £189.99)
DCC Fitted - £191.24 (RRP £224.99)
DCC Sound Fitted - £254.99 (RRP £299.99)


The Project is in the design phase at the moment. Dapol will provide updates when they are available including the CAD images. Dapol anticipate the 28xx/2884 models will be released late 2024.

Proposed Liveries
4S-009-001 - OO Gauge 28xx / 2884 2831 Lined Great Western Green
4S-009-002 - OO Gauge 28xx / 2884 2804 Great Western Green
4S-009-003 - OO Gauge 28xx / 2884 2854 Great Western Green
4S-009-004 - OO Gauge 28xx / 2884 2884 Shirt Button Green
4S-009-005 - OO Gauge 28xx / 2884 3819 GWR Green
4S-009-006 - OO Gauge 28xx / 2884 3802 BR Early Emblem Black
4S-009-007 - OO Gauge 28xx / 2884 2851 BR Late Crest Black

Model Features
General Specification

Many original GA drawings were used in the development of these accurate and authentic models.

Building on the many developments from the Dapol Mogul and Manor Class models including Dapol's award winning slide in PCB in the boiler for tool free DCC fitting and sugar cube speaker enclosure (for sound models) and conductive drawbar providing tender wheel pick-up and connections for high bass speaker.

The locomotive will have all of the usual refinements that are expected to be found on all Dapol models including:

A diecast compensated chassis
Detailed cab interior with screw reverse
The front pony truck is also sprung and operates on a cam so the model will negotiate R2 curves with ease
Churchward top feed boiler
Original and later Boiler support/motion bracket
Churchward vertical drop & curved drop Footplates
Churchward (tapered) & Collet (Straight) sprung buffers
Smoke boxes with inside or outside steam pipes GWR & BR smoke box doors (with separately added number plate)

Technical Specification

A slide in PCB offers simple ‘tool-free’ installation of a NEXT-18 DCC decoder and a ’no-solder’ speaker connection.
This board slides through the smoke box door and connects directly to the locomotive mother board.
The tender to locomotive drawbar includes reliable electrical connections moulded within the close-coupling push-fit coupling. This eliminates wired plugs and unreliable wiper style connections.
The locomotive and tender have electrical pick-up on all driving and tender wheels
An optional base reflex speaker can be fitted into the tender. An audio frequency filter is integrated within the main locomotive PCB to ensure each speaker reproduces within it’s ideal frequency range*
Firebox glow (synchronised with sound*)
Dapol’s proven slow speed mechanism and high torque motor
Enhance your driving experience with our feature RealDrive*
* Factory fitted models only

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