Dapol

Dapol

Dapol was founded in 1983 by David and  Pauline Boyle  who spotted an opportunity for a fresh new company to operate in the mainstream OO Model Railway market. As well as manufacturing from their Winsford site, models were produced in Hong Kong and the Far East. This arrangement has survived well for the last 32 years with Dapol justifiably proud of their UK manufacturing facility as well as its’ long term and strategic relationships with its Far East partners.

 In 1985 Dapol purchased many tools and moulds from Pallitoy. The sale included many of the Airfix and Kitmaster originated OO Railway kits and the rights to use the Kitmaster brand. These tools which are well over 50 years old are still manufactured by Dapol and form the basis of the Kitmaster/Dapol range of OO kits and railway accessories. These kits are still extremely popular and are sold across the world.

In 1994 Dapol acquired a new site and moved from its old Winsford factory to a new facility in Llangollen. This would incorporate a new Railway and Doctor Who exhibition, supported by the BBC. Dapol also produced under licence Dr Who figurines and action toys including Daleks, Cybermen and the many incarnations of the `Doctor’ himself.  

The Llangollen site operated successfully for a number of years, however, the UK OO gauge market was becoming increasingly competitive and a decision was made to withdraw from the UK OO locomotive market and the tools were sold to Hornby in 2000. As a testament to the quality of the Dapol tooling many of these items are still being manufactured by Hornby today.

A changing market and a decision by the BBC to withdraw its support from the Dr Who franchise in 2002 led Dapol to evaluate the UK model railway market. It was at this time and with cooperation from the N gauge Society that Dapol decided to enter the rather underwhelming UK N gauge market with its 14xx tank engine.  The 14xx model was received extremely favourably by UK N gauge modellers. This and the models that followed led to a vast improvement in the standards and quality that is now expected in this diminutive scale.

In 2003 Dapol moved to its current purpose built manufacturing site in Chirk and has expanded and doubled its operations here in the last 12 years.

Over this period Dapol have been a driving force in many key developments and have  innovated and moved the UK N gauge to be competitive in terms of features and detail to its US and European cousins. Dapol for example, have been the first to offer in the UK


Dapol 4D-011-100 Streamline railcar OO

Dapol 4D-011-100 Streamline railcar OO

Dapol 4D-011-100 OO gauge Streamline Railcar  Expree Parcels 17 GWR  Dcc ready 21 pin..

£124.99

Dapol 4D-014-000 Class 29 OO

Dapol 4D-014-000 Class 29 OO

Dapol 4D-014-000 OO gauge Class 29 6112 Two Tone Green Headcode Box Full Yellow End Dcc ready..

£129.99

Dapol 4F-011-020 vent van

Dapol 4F-011-020 vent van

Dapol 4F-011-020 oo gauge vent van B.R. M183312 weathered New picture shows an unweathered verson..

£11.99

Dapol 4F-0110-019 vent van

Dapol 4F-0110-019 vent van

Dapol 4F-011-019 oo gauge vent van B.R. M183312 unpainted New..

£10.99

Dapol 4F-037-109 Curtiss Container weathered

Dapol 4F-037-109 Curtiss Container weathered

Dapol 4F-037-109 oo gauge Curtiss container weathered New..

£10.99

Dapol 4F-051-012 S.R. 5 plank wagon

Dapol 4F-051-012 S.R. 5 plank wagon

Dapol 4F-051-012 oo gauge 5 plank wagon S.R. weathered New..

£10.55

Dapol 4F-071-002 GWR 7 plank wagon

Dapol 4F-071-002 GWR 7 plank wagon

Dapol 4F-071-002 oo gauge 7 plank wagon GWR weathered New..

£10.55

Dapol 4F-071-018 NE 7 plank wagon

Dapol 4F-071-018 NE 7 plank wagon

Dapol 4F-071-018 oo gauge 7 plank wagon N.E weathered New..

£10.55

Dapol A007 unpainted 9 plank wagon

Dapol A007 unpainted 9 plank wagon

Dapol A007 oo gauge 9 plank wagon unpainted New..

£7.76

Dapol A013 unpainted friut D wagon

Dapol A013 unpainted friut D wagon

Dapol A013 oo gauge friut   D wagon unpainted New..

£13.46

Dapol b1015W star salt van

Dapol b1015W star salt van

Dapol B1015W oo gauge Star Salt Van Weathered M183312 New..

£10.15

Dapol B800 TRACK CLEANER

Dapol B800 TRACK CLEANER

Dapol B800 OO gauge Track cleaner..

£69.99

Dapol C001 Turntable OO

Dapol C001 Turntable OO

Dapol self assembly unpainted kit C001 OO gauge Turntable..

£8.14

Dapol C002 Railway Workers OO

Dapol C002 Railway Workers OO

Dapol self assembly unpainted kit C002 OO gauge railway workers 40 plus..

£7.70

Dapol C003 Girder Bridge OO

Dapol C003 Girder Bridge OO

Dapol self assembly unpainted kit C003 OO gauge Girder Bridge..

£8.68

Dapol C004 Foot Bridge OO

Dapol C004 Foot Bridge OO

Dapol self assembly unpainted kit C004 OO gauge Foot Bridge..

£7.07

Dapol C005 Water Tower OO

Dapol C005 Water Tower OO

Dapol self assembly unpainted kit C005 OO gauge Water tower..

£7.28

Dapol C007 Engine Shed OO

Dapol C007 Engine Shed OO

Dapol self assembly unpainted kit C007 OO gauge Engine Shed single..

£8.42

Dapol C008 Platform Figures OO

Dapol C008 Platform Figures OO

Dapol self assembly unpainted kit C008 OO gauge Platform Figures 39..

£7.18

Dapol C009 Deltic Diesel OO

Dapol C009 Deltic Diesel OO

Dapol self assembly unpainted kit C009 OO gauge Deltic Diesel locomotive rolling chassis only dose n..

£11.05

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