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    Hello,

    Recently I have noticed s a company called Dapol, that evidently produces N scale locomotives in the UK. Has anyone had any experience with this brand, as far as how these run, and their reliability? These seem to be equipped with a special coupler, and I was wondering if anyone has converted these to Micro-Trains or even the Fox Valley Models Unimate couplers?
    Thanks in advance for the information, and here is a link to the locomotive in question,

    https://www.dapol.co.uk/shop/n-gauge...C-Sound-Fitted

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    @davidN

    David - I have a Dapol Steamer and it runs beautifully and flawlessly, I'd have to say that it runs as nicely as a Kato! My only (minor issues) with it are firstly it is a little bit noisy due to brass worm gears etc and did come standard with Rapido style coupler; however, standard knuckle couplers were also supplied if you wanted to change them.

    As for the engine your looking at, I can't say about the "couplers" as I have never seen them - perhaps @tomcook or @lawrence can help with them. All I can say about Dapol though is mine is very good, runs well and smoothly and hasn't failed me yet and I have had it for around 7 or so months.
    Cheers Tony

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    I would expect that N scale Dapol equipment would be 1:148, British style, rather than 1:160, American and European style. I've been told that size doesn't matter as much as what you do with it.
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    @el Gato Gordo

    Gordon, your right about the scale/size, my Dapol engine is a little larger than North American engines. To me, the only time it becomes obviously noticeable is when I have it side by side with a 1:160 engine, or, when pulling 1:160 rolling stock.
    @davidN

    If you do get one of these engines, take a look at Hatton's UK, you might get one a little cheaper than directly from Dapol. If Hatton's doesn't have one, they may be able to get one for you as the do sell Dapol engines. Just something to consider.
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    Dapol does make knuckle couplers that are compatible with Micro Trains.
    Cheers!
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    I love the look of the British stuff as well. I’ve looked at the Dapol models and am wanting to pull the trigger on a steamer and a few freight/goods wagons. Always found those little cars so interesting looking. Thanks @wombat457 for the Hatton’s tip. They do have a very nice selection and seemingly decent prices.

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    Sorry guys, not been around so much recently. The reason I'm here rather than British forums is because I don't model British however, I believe that Dapol are hugely improved in recent years, producing some excellent locomotives. perhaps if @davidN wants to pop over to https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/index.php the guys on there will be happy to answer any questions and you will find reviews on Dapol stuff at https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?board=21.0

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidN View Post
    Hello,

    Recently I have noticed s a company called Dapol, that evidently produces N scale locomotives in the UK. Has anyone had any experience with this brand, as far as how these run, and their reliability? These seem to be equipped with a special coupler, and I was wondering if anyone has converted these to Micro-Trains or even the Fox Valley Models Unimate couplers?
    Thanks in advance for the information, and here is a link to the locomotive in question,

    https://www.dapol.co.uk/shop/n-gauge...C-Sound-Fitted
    A little info, have a look -> https://www.trovestar.com/generic/blog.php?Article=307

    From the website -> "Both the Fixed Bar and Magnetic couplers are available in different lengths, much like many Micro-Trains coupler kits. Dapol couplers are available in pairs or sets, magnetic or non-magnetic. Dapol 2A-000-011 Magnetic Arm (5 Pairs) Short (shown below). They are compatible with Micro-Trains or similar couplers, but check the height to be sure."

    Also, Dapol knuckle couplers -> https://www.dapol.co.uk/shop/model-a...gauge-coupling

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