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Author Topic: Dapol - Class 121  (Read 37584 times)

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Re: Dapol - Class 121
« Reply #75 on: December 11, 2011, 12:23:21 PM »
You grass!   :smiley-laughing:

Not at all, Tank. Just sounding a warning for anyone who thinks not to lubricate Dapol locos ;)
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Re: Dapol - Class 121
« Reply #76 on: November 16, 2012, 12:46:52 AM »
Has anybody tried to put a driver in either (or both) ends of the 121? If so, how do you get into the cabs?

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Re: Dapol - Class 121
« Reply #77 on: November 16, 2012, 10:44:05 AM »
Has anybody tried to put a driver in either (or both) ends of the 121? If so, how do you get into the cabs?

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Re: Dapol - Class 121
« Reply #78 on: November 16, 2012, 11:44:57 AM »
The roof does unclip, I've done that to fit a DCC chip and to fit a light bar, but it wasn't obvious how to access the cab for the driver! I'll take another look when I finally have a few painted passengers for it!
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Re: Dapol - Class 121
« Reply #79 on: November 16, 2012, 06:08:20 PM »
To put a driver in, (for me, one each end) I trimmed away the corner molding so a drop of glue could be dropped onto the seats and then normal tweezers could position the driver.

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Re: Dapol - Class 121
« Reply #80 on: January 10, 2013, 02:40:00 PM »
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Re: Dapol - Class 121
« Reply #81 on: March 24, 2013, 11:18:28 PM »
I bought a dummy green SYP class 121 at TINGS last year, then I got to the Dapol stand where the Network South East 121s were being sold relatively cheaply.  I had this daft idea of doing a body swap, which turned out to be impractical because of the wiring for the headcode on the green version.

The under-floor drive system doesn't offer as much torque multiplication as the driveline in my Dapol Hymek; it looks like a gear has been taken out to lower the height.  It also means the 121 shows a surprising turn of speed.  This is more by way of an observation than a criticism; out of curiosity I think I managed to pull 8 Graham Farish Mk1 coaches; which, I suspect, is more than the real thing could do.

I don't know if it is just mine but the exhausts on the NSE version seem more fragile than those on the green 121.  I've had to repair the NSE's exhausts several times, my Dapol 122 has lost one exhaust tip but the green dummy unit has never needed an exhaust repair.

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Re: Dapol - Class 121
« Reply #82 on: June 29, 2013, 05:51:04 AM »
With the 121 did they run on many branch lines as im in australia im looking for a railmotor that i can use on my branch line

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Re: Dapol - Class 121
« Reply #83 on: June 29, 2013, 06:35:05 AM »
The class 121 & 122 were originally built as replacements for push-pull trains or GWR railcars on branch Western Region line work, either on their own or as a 2 car unit with a class 121 or 122 driving trailer second. In the London area there was limited use to strengthen mainline suburban trains.

A number of class 122's were transferred to the LMR in the early 60's when ex GWR routes in the Birmingham area were transferred to the LMR.

Another use  especially in the London area was as replacement for defective power cars in 3car sets, this use incrased in later years as branch lines closed.

Further mainline use came about in the 80's & 90's to increase power on long distance DMU runs and as solo units on some Reading-Didcot/Newbury services.

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Re: Dapol - Class 121
« Reply #84 on: June 29, 2013, 01:13:24 PM »
Thank u for your help

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Re: Dapol - Class 121
« Reply #85 on: July 01, 2013, 07:44:14 PM »
i think they ran on the brentford branch line as well?   seem to recall them in nse colours out of paddington...  and did they couple up with 117s as well?


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Re: Dapol - Class 121
« Reply #86 on: July 01, 2013, 08:13:09 PM »
Tysley certainly used them with the high density units - usually to add engines to a rake that was otherwise too busted to run.
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Re: Dapol - Class 121
« Reply #87 on: January 02, 2014, 12:09:08 AM »
Are dapol going to bother to release the br green one?

It seems they have been promising from 2011!

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Re: Dapol - Class 121
« Reply #88 on: January 02, 2014, 10:16:54 PM »
Are dapol going to bother to release the br green one?

It seems they have been promising from 2011!

The first batch of green ones came and went pretty much straight away. I managed to get a Dummy Green one. There is a second batch which was announced in their 2012/13 Catalogue but this one has yet to surface, i want a powered one this time :P

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Dapol 121 DMU
« Reply #89 on: May 23, 2015, 08:20:07 PM »
Just got the new Dapol 121 DIM today looks to be a really nice model. Running it in at the moment, it had DCC fitted but it's easy to get the roof off to get to the chip. Comes with head code stickers for you to apply yourself. Anyone else got one yet? Dennis :claphappy:

 

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