Dapol 20T Toad Brake Van production samples arrive

03 July 2024
Dapol has received and approved production samples of the eagerly awaited GWR 20T Toad Brake Van in O gauge.  

Available to pre-order now and costing £101.52 each, samples have been approved and the models are about to be shipped. Dapol anticipates they will be in shops towards the end of August/beginning of September.


  • Die-cast compensated chassis 
  • Finely profiled wheels and axles with brass bearing pockets 
  • Highly detailed injection moulded body 
  • Full interior detail· Many separately added fine details 
  • Sprung metal buffers 
  • Sprung metal coupling hook and Instanter or screw link couplings where appropriate 
  • Expertly applied liveries 
  • Vans are Vacuum Fitted where applicable   

Proposed models

  • 7F-300-001     GWR Toad Brake Van GWR Grey 56683 Diagram AA15
  • 7F-300-002     GWR Toad Brake Van GWR Grey 68684 Diagram AA15
  • 7F-300-003     GWR Toad Brake Van BR Grey W17953 Diagram AA15
  • 7F-300-004     GWR Toad Brake Van GWR Grey Unnumbered Diagram AA15
  • 7F-300-005     GWR Toad Brake Van GWR Grey 114925 Diagram AA19
  • 7F-300-006     GWR Toad Brake Van BR Grey W68673 Diagram AA20
  • 7F-300-007     GWR Toad Brake Van GWR Grey 17410 Diagram AA21
  • 7F-300-008     GWR Toad Brake Van Bauxite W17445 Diagram AA21
  • 7F-300-009     GWR Toad Brake Van Bauxite W17390 Diagram AA21
  • 7F-300-010     GWR Toad Brake Van Bauxite Unnumbered Diagram AA21

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About the prototype

After World War One in 1918, more 20-ton vans with the improved design were built with G W R self-contained buffers and given Diagram AA15. A total of 378 were built between 1918 and 1927. The next development was the AA19, which were built between 1927 and 1931 incorporating many RCH parts such as buffers and axleboxes but utilising the same body. The total constructed was 221 vans. Diagram AA 20 followed which was externally identical to the AA19 vans with a total of 354 being built between 1934 and 1943.  

The Diagram AA21 was for 100 Vacuum fitted vans built 1939/1940, being built with full vacuum brake gear with the brake cylinder in the front of the brake veranda.  

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