NEW Railway Icons Announcement

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This morning brings a new announcement to be produced in conjunction with the National Railway Museum & Locomotion Models.

A new OO Gauge GWR Great Western Q13 Black Label Inspection Saloon in GWR Chocolate & Cream As Preserved on the NYMR No. W80974W with this particular model also joining our Railway Icons range.

The model also boasts the "Black Label" brand, Dapol's premium product brand.
Experience the precision and quality of Dapol's premium Black Label. This model is crafted to the highest standard and includes the latest specifications. They feature iconic liveries including chocolate and cream, blue and grey and scotrail. Delicately detailed with lettering, markings, and fine features to ensure its realistic representation, this model is the perfect addition to any collection.

This superbly detailed coach to be priced at £149.95.
They can be ordered exclusively from Rails of Sheffield & Locomotion Models.

With a limited production run, pre-ordering is highly recommended. Pre-Order now with just a £30 deposit.
Expected Q3 2024.

First EP samples for the range of Q13 Inspection Saloon's can be viewed below:

View the previously announced Q13 Inspection Saloons below, these can be pre ordered with a £20.00 deposit at £149.95.

Warm White Interior light bar
18 pin DCC socket
Directional red/warm white lamp fitted at 1 end
Stay-alive capacitor
Plug-less light bar connection
Light switches for DC use
Several different body and end variations
Removable roof to allow further detailing
Separately fitted cables, wipers, lamp irons, horns & gong
Open windows with separate moulded curtains
Gloss metal-like paint finish
Diecast chassis
Cosmetic pipes and coupling fitted on 1 end
Sprung buffers
NEM sockets
Highly detailed bogies with separately fitted details
Blackened DOGA spec. wheels
EM & P4 compatible
Separately fitted detailed chairs, tables and luggage racks
Accurate blue interior base and white ceiling


Whereas most Inspection Saloons were converted from older vehicles, the Q13 were purpose-built examples. They were shorter than most other coaches built around the time, standing at 52ft long.

Although designed by the Great Western Railway under the tenure of then CME, F.W. Hawksworth, the Diagram Q13 saloons didn’t enter traffic until shortly after the Nationalisation Act of 1948.

7 of the type were built at Swindon works in 1948 with many characteristics of the later GWR coaches.

Inspection saloons, otherwise known as Engineer’s Saloons, were used as a means of assessing the track and infrastructure over a large area in a relatively short amount of time. This necessitated large windows on both ends of the coach. They weren’t fitted with any controls other than a vacuum brake and speedometer. But they were even fitted out with kitchens.

All 7 examples have been preserved and restored to working order. They are very popular being used as observation saloons for a small supplementary fare. At the time of writing, they can be seen at the following railways:

80943 – Dean Forest Railway

80969 – Severn Valley Railway

80970 – Great Central Railway

80972 – Severn Valley Railway

80974 – North Yorkshire Moors Railway

80975 – Llangollen Railway

80976 – Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway (on loan from the West Somerset Railway)

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