Dapol: 2MT tooling for 'N' updated, now DCC 'friendly'

26 November 2022
Manufacturer updates its tooling of the Ivatt 2MT 2-6-2T locomotive, while making decoder installation more user-friendly.

Anticipated to arrive in Q3, 2023, Dapol's latest announcement in a flurry of updates revealed at the Warley 2022 Model Railway Exhibition this morning sees its Ivatt 2MT 2-6-2T tooling partially updated to "make DCC decoder installation easier."

Dapol is reviewing EP samples, while RRPs have been set at DCC 'friendly': £110.00, and DCC-fitted: £148.00.

The new models will feature tabs onto which decoder wires can be more-easily soldered, while the wheel profiles of the model appears more refined, too. The tooling was initially released in 2007, and this, in what could be described as a 'facelift' with improved features, will assist DCC users install digital decoders. A PCB is located in the bunker onto which pick-up and motor connections are terminated. 

Dapol commented, "It is a simple matter to replace the PCB with a wired ‘micro’ decoder by making four solder connections. Analogue/DC-only users do not need to make any changes."

Dapol 2MT Ivatt N gauge

The LMS Class 2 2-6-2T locomotives were designed by H. G. Ivatt and constructed between 1946 and 1952 to replace older locomotives. This versatile class was built primarily for branch line duties for which their “Prairie” wheelbase was well suited. Ivatt also included several labour-save features such as self-cleaning ashpans to improve operating economies. Following an initial batch of ten locomotives built by the LMS, British Railways decided to enlarge the class and a further 120 examples were built.

During BR days, the locomotives were allocated to the LMR, SR and WR regions and were equally at home hauling passenger and goods services. The last member of the class was withdrawn in 1967, but four examples of this popular locomotive type have been preserved and all are presently operational.

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Dapol 2MT Ivatt N gauge

Models are to feature the following specification:

  • Highly-detailed body with many separately added parts
  • A choice of liveries
  • Die-cast wheels and chassis
  • Keyed axles (similar to the Dapol N Gauge A4/A3) to prevent quartering slippage
  • The model is DCC ‘friendly’
  • Three-pole 'can' motor providing smooth slow-speed running and a realistic top speed

The following liveries are proposed:

  • (2S-015-005) Ivatt 2-6-2T 1207 LMS Unlined Black
  • (2S-015-006) Ivatt 2-6-2T 41227 'British Railways' Lined Black
  • (2S-015-007) Ivatt 2-6-2T 41208 BR Early Crest Lined Black
  • (2S-015-008) Ivatt 2-6-2T 41236 BR Early Crest Lined Black
  • (2S-015-009) Ivatt 2-6-2T 41204 BR Late Crest Lined Black
  • (2S-015-010) Ivatt 2-6-2T 41319 BR Late Crest Lined Black
  • (2S-015-011) Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241 KWVR Lined Maroon

See your local Dapol stockist to pre-order the above models.

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