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 2F-002-007 Ferry wagon

Dapol 2F-002-007 Ferry wagon

Dapol 2F-002-007 Ferry wagon Cargowaggon White Stripe 33 80 279 7686-49 N gauge New..

£21.95

Dapol 2F-002-009 Ferry wagon

Dapol 2F-002-009 Ferry wagon

Dapol 2F-002-009 Ferry wagon Blue circle 33 80 279 7669-9 N gauge New..

£21.95

Dapol 2F-002-010 Ferry wagon

Dapol 2F-002-010 Ferry wagon

Dapol 2F-002-010 Ferry wagon Blur circle 33 80 279 7688-9 N gauge New..

£21.95

Dapol 2F-036-031 bulk grain hopper

Dapol 2F-036-031 bulk grain hopper

Dapol 2F-036-031 bulk grain hopper charrington 37 N gauge New..

£15.45

Dapol 2F-038-047 20ton mineral b.r.

Dapol 2F-038-047 20ton mineral b.r.

Dapol 2F-038-047 20ton mineral b.r. 315750 N gauge New..

£11.95

Dapol 2F-038-047 20ton mineral PJ & JP

Dapol 2F-038-047 20ton mineral PJ & JP

Dapol 2F-038-047 20ton mineral PJ & JP N gauge New..

£11.95

Dapol 4D-006-011 Class 73 Battle of Britain

Dapol 4D-006-011 Class 73 Battle of Britain

Dapol 4D-006-011 OO gauge Class 73 73109 N.W.S BATTLE OF BRITAIN  Dcc ready..

£129.99

Dapol 4D-006-011D Class 73 Battle of Britain DCC Fitted

Dapol 4D-006-011D Class 73 Battle of Britain DCC Fitted

Dapol 4D-006-011D OO gauge Class 73 73109 N.W.S BATTLE OF BRITAIN  Dcc Fitted..

£154.99

Dapol 4D-014-000 Class 29 OO

Dapol 4D-014-000 Class 29 OO

Dapol 4D-014-000 OO gauge Class 29 D6331 B.R. Two Tone Green  Headcode  Box Full Yellow En..

£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 4S-043-004 Mogul class

Dapol 4S-043-004 Mogul class

Dapol 4S-043-004 OO gauge Mogul B.R.Black Early Emblem  6324 Dcc ready Era 4..

£159.95

Dapol 4S-043-005 Mogul class

Dapol 4S-043-005 Mogul class

Dapol 4S-043-005 OO gauge Mogul B.R.Green  Early Emblem  6364 Dcc ready Era 5..

£159.95

Dapol 7F-072-004 7 Plank William Duck

Dapol 7F-072-004 7 Plank William Duck

Dapol 7F-072-004 O gauge 7 Plank Wagon 2 Door William Duck..

£44.95

Dapol 7F-072-005 7 Plank F Meaker

Dapol 7F-072-005 7 Plank F Meaker

Dapol 7F-072-005 O gauge 7 Plank Wagon 2 Door F Meaker Western Super Mare no4..

£44.95

Dapol A007 unpainted 9 plank wagon

Dapol A007 unpainted 9 plank wagon

Dapol A007 oo gauge 9 plank wagon unpainted New..

£7.76

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