Class 66 Ready to Run Locomotive

Dapol have announced the production of the Class 66 deisel. We have a list of the liveries being produced and the first test samples should be on display in approximately 6 months time. As to actual release date it is estimated to be the first half of 2021as these projects tend to take between 16 and 18 months to complete if everything goes smoothly.

So far we have had the preliminary CAD artwork but as and when I get more information I will update this page.

The Class 66 is a type of six-axle diesel electric freight locomotive developed in part from the Class 59, for use on the railways of the UK. Since its introduction the class has been successful and has been sold to British and other European railway companies.

The first locomotive shipped to the UK arrived at Immingham in June 1998, taken to Derby for testing. The second was taken to AAR's Pueblo Test Centre for endurance testing, before shipping to the UK. The locomotives then shipped at a rate of 11 per month into the UK via Newport Docks, until the order was completed in December 2001. After unloading, EWS engineers then simply took off the tarpaulin, unblocked the suspension, and finally as each was shipped with water and fuel, hooked up the batteries, before starting the engine and handing the locomotive into service. The ability to simply start up '66s' on the dockside and drive them under their own power to depots to enter service was nothing short of a revelation compared with many other BR locomotives.

The initial classification was as Class 61, then they were subsequently given the Class 66 designation in the British classification system (TOPS). In 1998 Freightliner placed an order for locomotives. They were followed by GB Railfreight, and then Direct Rail Services. The last of more than 500 built over an 18-year period was No 66779, Evening Star, delivered to GB Railfreight in spring 2016.

CLASS 66

. The Class 66 also features sprung buffers, sprung coupling hook and 3 link chain, internally painted cab detail, and directional lighting correct for the livery depicted.

The Dapol O gauge Class 66 will have the following features:

Electrical

  • Operating front/rear lights (independent operation for DCC, (switched for DC use) Includes day/night mode)
  • Operating ‘side’ lights (where lighting cluster is applicable)
  • Cab light (independent operation)
  • Illuminated cab control panel
  • Two motors (balanced & matched) for maximum pulling power and slow speed running control
  • DC control switches to be accessible via lift-off roof panel.
  • DCC Ready (21 pin) with DCC option available.

Chassis & Body

  • Etched grills with ‘through body transparency
  • Separate detail (Handrails, Handles, Grills etc.)
  • Heavyweight Diecast chassis
  • Diecast bogie frames
  • Sprung centre wheel
  • Rotating axle centres
  • Appropriate couplings attached
  • O gauge society wheel profiles
  • Sprung buffers
  • Expertly applied liveries

PROPOSED NEW CLASS 66's LIVERIES :

Ref.
Description
R.R.P.
Our Price
7D-066-001
Class 66 66001 EWS Livery

£325.00

£276.25
7D-066-001D
Class 66 66001 EWS Livery - DCC fitted

£355.00

£301.75
7D-066-002
Class 66 66504 Freightliner Powerhaul Livery

£325.00

£276.25
7D-066-002D
Class 66 66504 Freightliner Powerhaul Livery - DCC fitted.

£355.00

£301.75
7D-066-003
Class 66 66709 GBRF Sorrento MSC Livery

£325.00

£276.25
7D-066-003D
Class 66 66709 GBRF Sorrento MSC Livery - DCC fitted.

£355.00

£301.75
7D-066-004
Class 66 66421 New DRS Livery

£325.00

£276.25
7D-066-004D
Class 66 66421 New DRS Livery - DCC fitted.

£355.00

£301.75
7D-066-005
Class 66 66789 GBRF "British Rail 1948-1997" blue large logo Livery

£325.00

£276.25
7D-066-005D
Class 66 66789 GBRF "British Rail 1948-1997" blue large logo Livery - DCC fitted.

£355.00

£301.75
7D-066-006
Class 66 66783 Biffa "The Flying Dustman" Livery

£325.00

£276.25
7D-066-006D
Class 66 66783 Biffa "The Flying Dustman" Livery - DCC fitted.

£355.00

£301.75

The price that Dapol have announced is amazing but obviously is also subject to change as this is based on the current exchange rate which could change between now and the loco actually becoming available.

We also offer a weathering service on any of the the above locos at an addtional £40.00 per loco with the customer's choice of weathering from light all of weathering, light body with medium chassis and roof weathering through medium and even heavy weathering.

WE ARE AWARE THAT SOME OF OUR "COMPETITORS" ARE UNDER CUTTING OUR PRICE BY A MATTER OF PENCE. WE SHOULD POINT OUT THAT MANY OF THEM ARE CHARGING POSTAGE COSTS FROM £4.00 TO £6.50 AND NEITHER WILL WE INCREASE THE PRICE DAYS BEFORE LAUNCH BASED ON THE FACT THAT THEY ARE ALMOST SOLD OUT. WE WILL ONLY INCREASE THE PRICE BASED ON AN INCREASE FROM THE MANUFACTURER.

WE ARE SUPPLYING ALL ORDERS OVER £150.00 POST FREE TO UK MAINLAND ADDRESSES.

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