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1:32 scale Peppercorn class A1 4-6-2 Tornado

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Last call for Tornado!  With the arrival of these superb locomotives and the majority of the batch pre-sold, this is your last chance to purchase one of this limited edition run of Pacifics.  Owing to cancellations, all liveries are still (just) available so make your reservation now!

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, a registered charity, built Peppercorn class A1 Pacific 60163 Tornado, named after the RAF aircraft, at its Darlington Locomotive Works. Fitted with additional water capacity and the latest railway safety electronics, Tornado is fully equipped for today’s main line railway. The class A1s were designed by Arthur H Peppercorn for the London & North Eastern Railway and 49 were built in 1948/49 by British Railways. However, all were scrapped following the dieselisation of the railways. After 18 years of planning, construction and fundraising the £3 million locomotive was completed in 2008. Tornado was named by TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall at York station in 2009 and is frequently in the press and on TV and radio. Funds to build Tornado were raised through deeds of covenant, sponsorship (principal sponsor William Cook Cast Products Limited), loans and a bond issue. The Trust is raising funds to keep Tornado operating on Britain’s main line and heritage railways. For details of how to help or where to travel behind Tornado visit the Trust website.

Accucraft and The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust are delighted to announce the production of a live steam, Gauge 1, model of Tornado, the prototype of which has written a new chapter in the annals of British steam, becoming the first main line steam locomotive to be built since 1960.  Accucraft’s model faithfully captures the elegance and power of the Peppercorn class A1 design and features all the unique details carried by Tornado.   The model is gas-fired with slide valves and has all the features the Gauge 1 fraternity have come to expect from an Accucraft locomotive.  The cylinders are fitted with drain cocks. The fully sprung chassis is constructed from stainless steel. The boiler is copper, the cab and tender are constructed from etched brass.  The UK RRP will be £2895.00 with a release date of 2015 and the model will be available in apple green, blue and BR green. The model will be available from the A1 Steam Trust, Accucraft UK and selected retailers.  The retail profit from sales of this superb model will go to The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust to complete the financing of Tornado herself.

Accucraft UK Ltd was formed in 2004 by Ian and Sandy Pearse. Ian Pearse has over 30 years experience in garden railways and a strong development relationship with Accucraft Trains. The company incorporates their former business Marches Models, best known for supplying British narrow gauge live steam locomotives for gauges ‘O’ and ’1′. Accucraft UK Ltd continues the work of Marches Models as well as offering customers electrically powered models and ready to run plastic rolling stock in 1:32, 1:20.3 and 1:19 scales. Accucraft UK Ltd has significantly expanded the range of large scale model railway goods available to the UK and worldwide market and will continue to build on this.

As well as manufacturing our own range of model products we are happy to undertake commission work in most scales for retailers and other organisations. We are the sole UK importers and trade distributors for the complete range of products manufactured by Accucraft Trains of the USA. This includes the ranges of ACL (Accucraft Custom Line), AMS (American Model Supply), Accucraft Trains Limited and Classic ranges, and American Mainline. We also distribute the models made for Accucraft Australia (Argyle Models) and Accucraft Germany (MBV Schug).

In 2015 the firm acquired the intellectual property, designs and tooling of the Gauge 1 Model Co. range and will, in future, be responsible for the production of all their previously announced models. In addition the company will be expanding the existing range of superb Gauge 1 rolling stock and adding to the fleet of outstanding locomotive designs.

Accucraft models are designed to reproduce the prototype as accurately as possible and built to give a lifetime of pleasure in their operation, bringing the joy of affordable live steam to many for the first time. A lot of our early locomotives are still in steam today, proving that they were a worthwhile investment for those who chose Accucraft.

Accucraft UK Ltd only supply to the trade, therefore to find your nearest supplier click on the dealer list section.