NEW OO Gauge Dapol LSWR Class B4

Posted by Warren Bennett on

Even more announcements from Dapol today with a new batch of OO Gauge LSWR Class B4 0-4-0s due for release Q3 2023.


Dapol are proposing to produce a total of seven LSWR B4 0-4-0 locomotive models in this prodcution run. These are listed below:

4S-018-005 B4 0-4-0T BR Late Crest 30096
4S-018-012 B4 0-4-0T Lined Dark Green Jersey 91
4S-018-013 B4 0-4-0T LSWR Dark Green 82
4S-018-014 B4 0-4-0T Trouville Brown 89
4S-018-015 B4 0-4-0T Southern Black lined 99
4S-018-016 B4 0-4-0T Black Corrall Queen 30096
4S-018-017 B4 0-4-0T Dorset Green 99


The Dapol OO Gauge LSWR 0-4-0 B4 has the following features:

• Finely moulded body with many separately added fine details
• DCC Ready with a 6 pin socket included
• DCC 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 Background

In 1890 Adams ordered 20 powerful four-coupled tank engines from Nine Elms Works, the design being preferred to six-coupled because of the many poorly laid out goods yards and the sharply curved Cattewater and Sutton Harbour lines at Plymouth. When the South Western gained control of Southampton docks in 1892 Adams transferred two engines there which had their cab front and back sheets cut away to aid visibility and were named JERSEY and GUERNSEY. Over the next few years twelve more were transferred to the docks, including two of the ­ five built by Drummond. All 25 engines were taken into B.R. stock in January 1948; however fourteen were withdrawn over the next year, leaving just eleven survivors, distributed to Eastleigh, Plymouth, Bournemouth and Ashford. The last two representatives stationed at Winchester were withdrawn in October 1963, a month short of their seventieth birthday. Happily both have been preserved.

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