N Gauge Class 22.

May 18, 2013


Class 22 image 1Western Region modellers are going to love this one – a small loco in a small scale which will inspire a few layouts, I am sure. Despite the long held view that minority loco classes would not make it to main stream modelling, manufacturers have broken into this field and are now offering some very attractive models of unusual prototypes. For N gauge, the Class 22 breaks new ground and Dapol has done a pretty good job of it too.Class 22 image 2It is a small Bo-Bo type locomotive which will suit anything from large layout themes based on WR main line action to sleepy west country branch lines.Class 22 image 5Features include wire hand rails, etched grilles applied to the body sides and flush glazing.Class 22 image 4The  off-set roof radiator grille characteristic of the Class 22 is faithfully represented.Class 22 image 3The face of what turned out to be a smooth running and powerful little model.Class 22-image 6

Class 22 image 8Spoked wheels are fitted and the spokes are individually represented. remember when it was considered impossible to produce spoked loco wheels (steam and diesel) for N gauge which were see-through? All four axles are powered.Class 22 image 7The technical specifications are up to the usual Dapol N gauge standard. A five pole slow speed motor is fitted which drives both bogies though the now standard drive shafts. Brass flywheels ensure that the model has some momentum too. Electronics include running lights and a 6-pin DCC socket. The body simply pulls off (no connecting wires to the chassis) to reveal a die cast chassis which brings the model’s weight in at around 75g. Test running proved to be very satisfactory, with no light leakage into the cab and smooth controllable running. In all, a very smart model of an unusual prototype!


One from the archives…

May 9, 2013


I was a student when I took this picture of 3H No. 1126 in the early 1980s. It’s a timely find in my negative collection – Kernow Model Rail Centre has not long released its exclusive ‘Thumper’ model, albeit in early green as a 2H.