Exclusive First Look: Dapol Lionheart Trains BR Standard Class 3MT 2-6-2T

16 August 2022
A much-anticipated O gauge model, we had the chance this week to photograph and video the first engineering prototype of the 3MT at Dapol's headquarters.

Designer, Richard Webster, was very keen to show us, and you, this first sample. The detail is stunning, especially, around the pony trucks and the shape of the wheel spokes, something of a Lionheart speciality.

Remember, this is a sample, and as such will be subject to tweaks and improvements. Of course, it is a running model, so we grabbed a little video of it in action.

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The full specification is:

  • Die cast metal body and chassis.
  • Die cast wheels which are tapered from the rim inwards on both sides as per the prototype, with steel tyres.
  • Brake shoes in ABS plastic.
  • 5 pole skew wound precision motor.
  • Sprung centre driving wheel and pony trucks.
  • Die cast pivoted coupling and connecting rods, plated then blackened.
  • Fully working prototypical Walschaerts valve gear.
  • Easily removable cab roof (for adding a crew) by means of small magnets.
  • Working cab doors.
  • Wire handrails with stanchions in metal.
  • Sprung metal buffers and screw link couplings.
  • Full back head detail with reversing wheel in ABS.
  • Flickering firebox glow.

The model should be in shops by the middle of 2023.


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