Dapol Hawthorn Leslie 0-4-0 production samples arrive

16 May 2024
Dapol has shared the latest images of its OO Hawthorn Leslie locomotives, which are expected to arrive with customers at the end of June.

The Dapol model is based on the 0-4-0 saddle tanks built between 1899 and 1924. They were produced in large numbers and continued in a variety of industrial uses (including Iron works, collieries and power stations) until the early to mid-1970s. Over 10 locomotives have made it into various states of preservation.


  • Finely moulded body with many separately added fine details
  • DCC ready with NEXT-18 socket included—accessed via the lift-off dicast saddle tanks
  • Cast wheels with fine relief and appropriate colouring
  • Die-cast compensated chassis and all wheel pick up 
  • NEM pockets as standard
  • Powerful 5-pole skew-wound motor
  • Accessory bag with spares and other optional detail              

Available liveries

  • 4S-024-009 Hawthorn Leslie 0-4-0 Maroon 'Wallaby' Australian Iron & Steel Co.
  • 4S-024-008 Hawthorn Leslie 0-4-0 Yellow Chevrons Newcastle Electric Supply 13
  • 4S-024-007 Hawthorn Leslie 0-4-0 'Spider' Black Park Colliery
  • 4S-024-006 Hawthorn Leslie 0-4-0 Green 'Faraday'
  • 4S-024-005 Hawthorn Leslie 0-4-0 Blue Lines Straw NCB
  • 4S-024-004 Hawthorn Leslie 0-4-0 Blue Lined Yellow Port of London Authority 36
  • 4S-024-003 Hawthorn Leslie 0-4-0 Maroon Lined Straw 'Invincible'
  • 4S-024-002 Hawthorn Leslie 0-4-0 Black Lined Red 'Henry'
  • 4S-024-001 Hawthorn Leslie 0-4-0 Green Lines Yellow 'Asbestos' 4

Available to preorder now, the new model is priced at £126.36 DCC-Ready, £164.16 DCC-Fitted and £266.36 DCC Sound.  

About the prototype

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Hawthorn Leslie and Company was formed by the merger of the shipbuilder A. Leslie and Company in Hebburn with the locomotive works of R. and W. Hawthorn at St.Peter’s in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1886. The company manufactured locomotives to order for main line companies and later had a number of standard designs including 0-4-0 saddle tanks and fireless locomotives. 

 In 1937 Robert Stephenson of Darlington amalgamated with the locomotive works at Forth Banks to form Robert Stephenson and Hawthorns Ltd. By this time Hawthorn Leslie had built 2,783 locomotives. 

The newly formed Robert Stephenson and Hawthorns became a subsidiary of the Vulcan Foundry in 1943 and Hawthorn’s 137-year connection with Forth Banks ended. 

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