Dapol’s up-to-date HST.

May 29, 2012

Cross Country Trains, Network Rail and East Midlands Trains schemes are the latest liveries to be applied to the hugely popular Dapol N gauge HST. The liveries are bang up to date and will soon be followed by additional trailers and a catering car. Here’s some shots of the Cross Country HST book set together with the Network Rail pair – both really neatly finished with good colours and sharp printing.

Power car 43 285, the un-motorised one of the book set.

43 378, the motorised power car.

The opposite side of 43 378, very neatly decorated in Cross Country Trains livery.

Roof view of both power cars.

Standard Class Mk.3 trailer.

First Class Cross Country Trains Mk.3 trailer.

The book set consist of two trailers and the power cars, one of which is motorised. The power cars are fitted with 6-pin DCC interfaces and fully working lights. The trailers feature light bar connections; close coupling cams and flush glazing too.

Two of the Network Rail trio of power cars.

43 062 from the side.

43 014.

It is amazing how powerful the Dapol HST is. The single motorised power car supplied in each bookset is capable of powering a full size set thanks to a five pole motor, all wheel drive and stub axle current collection. The pair of NR yellow ones will find their way into the Dudley Heath project once I have completed the trailers for it using Electra Railway Graphics overlays.


Orkney again!

May 29, 2012

I ignore the beaches of Costa del Sol in favour of windswept Orkney…a short ferry trip away from Scotland and not far from my home in the north. Here’s a selection from the hundreds of pictures I always manage to take of this most beautiful of places. I go as often as I can!

Loading the MV Pentalina at Gills Bay.

Leaving Scotland behind – the waters of the Pentland Firth.

Looking ahead to Orkney with Flotta on the left and Scapa Flow dead ahead.

The MV Pentalina at St. Margarets Hope after arrival. This motor vessel was launched with a bottle of Orkney wine, so the story goes. All true!

Block ship.

The ‘Gloup’, a collapsed sea cave near Mull Head.

Mull Head, looking south and east. This location is south of Kirkwall.

On the west coast of the west mainland: Yesnaby and the sea stack called Yesnaby Castle.

Stromness, the other main centre of population on Orkney. Note the Orcadian flag which was replaced with the Norwegian flag in many places for Norwegian Constitution Day.

A view from the Brough of Birsay looking north east across the ancient settlement site. Birsay is at the north west corner of the West Mainland of Orkney.

Panorama taken at Sandi Sands on the East Mainland.


First Great Western theme from Dapol – the Class 153 is next…

May 3, 2012

Dapol has added a very good looking Class 153 to the First Great Western ‘local lines’ theme, having released an HST train pack in the same paint (or is it vinyl?) scheme last year – albeit the main line version!The model has the same spec as previous releases including fully working lights with under frame switching, DCC socket, light bar-ready and low friction mechanism with a 5 pole motor. Performance is excellent as always.
Printed detail is legible including destination names making up the dazzle stripes on the side of the unit. Remember, this is N gauge…

A great companion to the Dapol HST…one covers the main line operations whilst the Class 153 would work partly on main line routes in the west country before diverging onto one of the numerous west country branches.

The dazzle stripes on the HST were also well represented. Based on the Class 153 and other recently issued models, the quality of finishes from Dapol continue to build on an already high standard.West country operations of today are now relatively easy to do with the Class 153 release which is numbered 153380; the full size unit being allocated to Exeter depot alongside 13 others.