OO Class 59 Update 09/07/2020

Dapol have shared an update on their forthcoming OO gauge Class 59 project.

They have added to the lineup a DCC fitted version which also features Optional clag smoke simulation on initial acceleration!

This unique feature is a first on a RTR OO gauge locomotives.

Factory fitted Smoke Generator option available with DCC only. To guarantee getting one Dapol advise Pre-ordering by August 14th 2020.

Available to order in four liveries:

  • Class 59005 Foster Yeoman silver "Kenneth J Painter"
  • Class 59103 ARC "Village of Mells"
  • Class 59206 DB Schenker 'John F Yeoman'
  • Class 59204 National Power Blue

These locomotive are now available to order DCC Ready, DCC Fitted and DCC fitted with smoke.


Expected Q2 2021

Features of the Class 59 include:

  • Finely moulded body with many applied fine details
  • Printed name plates (Etched plates supplied separately)
  • DCC ready, DCC and sound fitted models available
  • Cast wheels with fine relief and appropriate colouring
  • Heavy diecast chassis with all wheel pick up
  • NEM pockets as standard
  • Optional diesel exhaust effect (smoke)
  • All class 59 versions tooled
  • Operating, independently controlled headlight and cab lights (all lighting variations tooled)

DC & DCC Lighting Capabilities:

  • DC lighting with independent control of #1 & #2 end lamps (push/pull/light engine) and cab lighting (controlled by switches)
  • DCC controlled fully independent lighting:
  • Push/Pull and light engine modes for head and taillights
  • Day/Night headlamp selection
  • Marker lamp control (where applicable)
  • Independent cab lighting (leading cab /trailing cab /off)
  • (DCC Only) Optional clag smoke simulation on initial acceleration

The Class 59 is a Co-Co formation diesel locomotive and the first US produced, privately-owned locomotive to operate regularly in the UK. The ordering of the first Class 59 was a result of quarry company Foster Yeomans dissatisfaction with the performance of the BR Class 56. The first 4 locomotives built by GMs Electromotive Division were delivered to Foster Yeoman during 1986 and 59005 in 1989. Proving very successful; one locomotive setting a new UK haulage record for a single locomotive of 4639 tonnes. Foster Yeomans rivals, Amey Roadstone Corp. (ARC) also ordered four modified Class 59s (59/1) as did National Power, who ordered six (59/2). GM invested in this initial UK success by extensively modifying the class 59 internally to produce the Class 66, also hugely successful, within both the UK and continental Europe. Other than 59003 (which after return from loan to HHPI in Germany, is operated by GBRf), the Class 59 fleet is operated today by DB Schenker and Mendip Rail (an ARC and FY joint venture).