Accucraft US On3/On30 News

Folk often forget that Accucraft (US) produces a really great range of US narrow gauge locomotives and rolling stock in On3 and On30.  Here are some of the latest offerings for those of you with ‘indoor’ lines!  Prices include VAT and UK delivery.

Diesel Locomotives – £395.00

Sumpter Valley RR

AM55-030 Sumpter Valley RR #101, On3,
AM55-034 Sumpter Valley RR #101, On30

D&RGW Diesel

AM55-033 D&RGW #50, On30

Yellow, unlettered Diesel

AM55-032 Yellow, Unlettered, On3

Plymouth Diesel

AM55-011 Plymouth Diesel Switcher, On3
AM55-013 Plymouth Diesel Switcher, On30

Jackson & Sharp Coaches – £100 each

Our small On3 and On30 versions of the Jackson and Sharpe Passenger Cars are on their way to the warehouse; these are available in numerous road names.

On3

AM54-6103 Unlettered Yellow Single Stripe
AM54-6113 Unlettered Green
AM54-6123 Unlettered Red
AM54-6133 D&RGW Green
AM54-6143 RGS Red
AM54-6153 C&S Green
AM54-6163 D&RG Red
AM54-6173 D&RGW Yellow Double Stripe

On30

AM54-610 Unlettered Yellow Single Stripe
AM54-611 Unlettered Green
AM54-612 Unlettered Red
AM54-613 D&RGW Green
AM54-614 RGS Red
AM54-615 C&S Green
AM54-616 D&RG Red
AM54-617 D&RGW Yellow Double Stripe

Box Cars – £39.00 each

On3

AM52-0113 D&RGW Royal Gorge Herald
AM52-0123 D&RGW Royal Gorge Herald
AM52-0133 D&RGW Royal Gorge Herald
AM52-0143 C&S
AM52-0163 D&RGW Flying Rio Grande
AM52-0173 D&RGW Flying Rio Grande
AM52-0183 D&RGW Flying Rio Grande

On30

AM52-011 D&RGW Royal Gorge Herald
AM52-012 D&RGW Royal Gorge Herald
AM52-013 D&RGW Royal Gorge Herald
AM52-014 C&S
AM52-015 RGS
AM52-016 D&RGW Flying Rio Grande
AM52-017 D&RGW Flying Rio Grande
AM52-018 D&RGW Flying Rio Grande

Flat Cars – £35.00

On3

AM52-0313 D&RGW
AM52-0323 D&RGW
AM52-0343 RGS
AM52-0363 Pacific Coast
AM52-0373 Nevada CA & OR
AM52-0383 N.C.N.G.
AM52-0393 East Broad Top

On30

AM52-035 Southern Pacific
AM52-036 Pacific Coast
AM52-037 Nevada CA & OR
AM52-039 East Broad Top

Tank Cars – £40.00

On3

AM52-0403 Silver, Data Only
AM52-0413 Conoco, Silver
AM52-0423 Conoco, Silver
AM52-0433 Shell Oil Co, Black
AM52-0453 Associated Oil Co. Silver
AM52-0463 NCNG, Black
AM52-0473 Black, Data Only
AM52-0483 Conoco, Black
AM52-0493 Conoco, Black

On30

AM52-040 Silver, Data Only
AM52-041 Conoco, Silver
AM52-042 Conoco, Silver
AM52-044 Standard Oil Co. Silver
AM52-045 Associated Oil Co. Silver
AM52-046 NCNG, Black
AM52-047 Black, Data Only
AM52-048 Conoco, Black
AM52-049 Conoco, Black

Cabooses – £105.00

On3

AM53-0113 D&RGW, Moffat Logo
AM53-0123 D&RGW, Flying Rio Grande
AM53-0133 D&RGW, Flying Rio Grande
AM53-0143 D&RGW, Flying Rio Grande
AM53-0153 RGS
AM53-0163 D&RGW Green

On30

AM53-010 Unlettered, Caboose Red
AM53-011 D&RGW, Moffat Logo
AM53-012 D&RGW, Flying Rio Grande
AM53-013 D&RGW, Flying Rio Grande
AM53-014 D&RGW, Flying Rio Grande
AM53-015 RGS
AM53-016 D&RGW Green

 

 

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Accucraft November News

Bargains, bonus items and brand new stock!  It’s all happening in November at Accucraft; we bring you news from the U.S. plus shipping updates as well and don’t forget our end of season track and stock sale.

1:20.3 scale C-25 D&RGW 2-8-0 – coal fired

Now in stock!  These superb coal-fired models will be a limited run so don’t miss out!  The first four ordered from us will be supplied with a free Jackson & Sharp coach, D&RGW Yellow Single Strip.

This locomotive, a 2-8-0 or Consolidation type, originally existed as # 103 of the Crystal River Railroad, a narrow gauge line located in the Elk Mountains of central Colorado. It was built in 1903 as C/N 21757 of the Baldwin Locomotive Works, had 33” drivers, 18×20” cylinders, and a tractive effort just short of 25,000 pounds. It was a standard Baldwin design, and other narrow gauge locos of this size and type were built for railroads in the Western Hemisphere.

The D&RG purchased this locomotive from the Crystal River in 1916, numbered it # 432, this number subsequently being changed in 1924 to # 375. The C-25 was affectionately known as the “Baby Mudhen” because its pulling power was close to that of the K-27 class, those engines being known as “Mudhens”. Sadly, on June 21, 1949 the one and only C-25 on the D&RGW was scrapped at Alamosa, Colorado.  You can see the full specification here. The UK RRP is £5,250.00 including VAT, P&P and UK warranty – ‘phone us today!

AL87-121C – C-25 2-8-0 #375 Black Flying Rio Grande – Coal Fired, Live Steam
AL87-122C – C-25 2-8-0 #375 Green Moffat Logo – Coal Fired, Live Steam

1:32 scale J-Class – still available and with a bonus!

The stunning looking Norfolk & Western J-Class 4-8-4 is still available for a bargain £5,950.00 but the deal gets even better since you can add a N&W streamline car set for just another £2000.00 – that’s £7,950.00 for a complete Norfolk & Western train including VAT, P&P and UK warranty!  You can see the full specification for this locomotive (with video) here.

AL97-371-PKG N&W J-class #611 4-8-4, Alcohol Fired w/ Passenger 6 car set

1:20.3 ‘Ruby’ #1 and #2 0-4-0T

The ever popular ‘Rubys’ are now back in stock in both black as #1 or red as #2. These natty little engines are ideal starter locos and are also available as a kit or a complete starter train set with a circle of 2’ radius track, two Iron Mountain coal cars and a bottle of oil.

AC77-010 Ruby #1 Black / AC77-012N Ruby #2 Red – £595.00
AC77-011 Ruby #1 Black (kit) / AC77-013 Ruby #2 Red (kit) – £555.00
PKG01 Ruby #1 Black (set) / PKG02 Ruby #2 Red (set) – £755.00

Last call for Welshpool & Llanfair coaches!

The final batch of Welshpool & Llanfair coaches are due to arrive in the UK in late November.  We have no plans to run these again and forward orders have been strong.  If you don’t want to miss out we suggest you make sure you have a reservation with your local dealer.

End of Season Track Sale

G201-03 Brass Flex Track Euro Style Straight 3′ – 12pcs per box – £150.00
G201-04 Code 332 4′ DIA Brass Curve Track Euro Style – 12 pcs per box – £75.00
G201-05 Code 332 5′ DIA Brass Curve Track Euro Style – 12 pcs per box – £100.00
G201-11 Code 332 11.5′ DIA Brass Curve Track Euro Style – 12 pcs per box – £200.00
G201-12 Code 332 12.5′ DIA Brass Curve Track Euro Style – 12 pcs per box – £225.00
G201-15 Code 332 15′ DIA Brass Curve Track Euro Style – 12 pcs per box – £270.00
G201-20 Code 332 20′ DIA Brass Curve Track Euro Style – 12 pcs per box – £350.00
G293-04 Code 332 4′ DIA Aluminium Curve Track Euro Style – 12 pcs per box – £60.00
G218-8L Code 332 4’ Radius Switch Euro Style – Manual Left – £60.00
G218-8R Code 332 4’ Radius Switch Euro Style – Manual Right – £60.00

‘Open Box’ UK items

S19-26O W & L No. 14 2-6-2T – GOLDEN OCHRE – £1450.00
S78-3B BAGNALL 0-4-0ST – BLACK (7/8ths” SCALE) – £1100.00
S78-3G BAGNALL 0-4-0ST – GREEN (7/8ths” SCALE) – £1100.00
S78-3R BAGNALL 0-4-0ST – RED (7/8ths” SCALE) – £1100.00
R19-20 L & B 3rd CLASS CENTRE OBSERVATION COACH – £125.00
R19-21 L & B COMPOSITE COACH – £125.00 (these coaches have water-damaged boxes)

‘Open Box’ US items

AL88-136 C19 RGS #41 Black Electric – £1500.00
AM54-016 Jackson & Sharp coach set D&RGW Yellow Single Strip (4 cars) – £850.00

Please let us know your requirements as soon as possible

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End of season sale!

Now that the garden railway construction season is winding down we have decided to have a track and stock sale to clear some space in the warehouse.  The following items are offered including VAT and UK delivery on a strictly ‘payment with order, first come, first served’ basis.

Track

G201-03 Code 332 Brass Flex Track Euro Style Straight 3′ – 12pcs per box – £150.00
G201-04 Code 332 4′ DIA Brass Curve Track Euro Style – 12 pcs per box – £75.00
G201-05 Code 332 5′ DIA Brass Curve Track Euro Style – 12 pcs per box – £100.00
G201-11 Code 332 11.5′ DIA Brass Curve Track Euro Style – 12 pcs per box – £200.00
G201-12 Code 332 12.5′ DIA Brass Curve Track Euro Style – 12 pcs per box – £225.00
G201-15 Code 332 15′ DIA Brass Curve Track Euro Style – 12 pcs per box – £270.00
G201-20 Code 332 20′ DIA Brass Curve Track Euro Style – 12 pcs per box – £350.00
G293-04 Code 332 4′ DIA Aluminium Curve Track Euro Style – 12 pcs per box – £60.00
G218-8L Code 332 4’ Radius Switch Euro Style – Manual Left – £60.00
G218-8R Code 332 4’ Radius Switch Euro Style – Manual Right – £60.00

‘Open Box’ UK items

S19-26O W & L No. 14 2-6-2T – GOLDEN OCHRE – £1500.00

S78-3B BAGNALL 0-4-0ST – BLACK (7/8ths” SCALE) – £1100.00
S78-3G BAGNALL 0-4-0ST – GREEN (7/8ths” SCALE) – £1100.00
S78-3R BAGNALL 0-4-0ST – RED (7/8ths” SCALE) – £1100.00

R19-20 L & B 3rd CLASS CENTRE OBSERVATION COACH – £125.00
R19-21 L & B COMPOSITE COACH – £125.00
(these coaches have water-damaged boxes)

‘Open Box’ US items

 

AL88-136 – C19 RGS #41 Black Electric (D&RGW illustrated) – £1500.00AM54-016 Jackson & Sharp coach set D&RGW Yellow Single Strip (4 cars) – £850.00

AC83-131 Short Caboose RGS #0402, Brass – £190.00

AL97-371O N&W J-class #611, Alcohol Fired (Open Box) – £4995.00

AL97-532 Chinese QJ-class 2-10-2 #6506, Butane Fired – £3995.00

AL97-431O E-6 Pennsylvania 4-4-2 #1794, Green Lined, Alcohol Fired – £3295.00

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Accucraft October news

Unfortunately the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ has brought with it the cold wind of hard economics and, in light of the fall in the value of Sterling, we have had to make some hard choices about the shape and scope of our range. It’s not all bad news though and good progress has been made on the Howard vans, allowing us to bring you coloured 3D CADs of the design which has now advanced to the tooling stage, more stock of Jackson & Sharp coaches is available and we have an almost unlimited supply of draft fans for you ‘alcoholics’!

1:32 scale Black 5

In the aftermath of the fall in the value of Sterling we have taken a long, hard look at some of the projects slated for production. 1:32 scale Black 5; for assorted reasons, which include a necessary re-costing, problems with the engineering sample and a shortage of orders, we have decided to cancel this project in its current form and have asked the factory to look at the design again. This has not been an easy decision and comes at some cost to us but we apologise for any disappointment this might cause.

1:19 scale Baguley Drewry diesels

We also looked at the Baguley Drewry diesel; in this case we had hoped to bring the latest batch to the market at the previous RRP but the shift in currency and increased production costs have left us with no choice but to increase the cost of these locos to a UK RRP of £350.00 and the chassis only to £250.00.  Unfortunately this price rise will be retrospective – please check with your dealer if you have one reserved.

1:19 scale ‘Howard’ Vans

We are delighted to bring you some 3D CAD images from the factory to give a better impression of the final look of these useful vans.

1:20.3 scale Jackson & Sharp coaches and combines

We are pleased to say that the entire range is once again available from Accucraft (US).  These stunning, highly detailed narrow gauge cars are ideal for anyone modelling American 3′ railroads.  The UK RRP is £250.00 per car or £900.00 for a set of four which may include a combine or any mixture of the vehicles.  We will be shipping from California one more time before Christmas so don’t miss out on these over-sized stocking fillers!  Only available in the UK direct from our Herefordshire office.

Draft fan blowers for alcohol-fired locomotives

We understand that there seems to be a national shortage of these invaluable draft fans.  Never fear!  We have good stock of the Accucraft version, just £85.00 from your local retailer or direct from us (batteries not included!)

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Accucraft September News

The Llanfair Garden Railway Show was another great success and the Welshpool &  Llanfair Railway pulled out all the stops to match – grateful thanks to the organisers of both events!  The show enabled us to announce the new WD Hunslet and the L&B Howard van.

New for 2018 – WD Hunslet 4-6-0T in 1:19 Scale (16mm:1ft)

Accucraft Trains is pleased to announce this locomotive in 16mm to the 1 foot (1:19) scale live steam. Our thanks and appreciation to both Graham Langer and Ian Pearse for their assistance in the development of this model.  2018 represents the final Great War centenary year and it is fitting that Accucraft (UK), which has supported commemorations such as ‘Tracks to the Trenches’ at Apedale and the North Norfolk Railway’s ‘Tracks & Trenches’ gala, marks the anniversary with an appropriate model.

Hunslet produced 155 of these 2’ (60cm) gauge locos during WW1 for service behind the trenches in France, sharing their duties with Baldwins and Alcos procured for the same role.  After the war they were scattered to the four winds, examples ended up in South America, Australia and Palestine as well as England and Scotland.  In 2005 The War Office Locomotive Society repatriated No. 1215 from Australia and its restoration is nearly complete.  A percentage of the retail profit from each UK sale will be donated to this locomotive, a greater percentage if ordered directly from us at Accucraft (UK) Ltd.

The model is internally gas fired and has slide valve cylinders. The boiler is fitted with a water gauge with blow down valve, lubricator with drain and pressure gauge. It will be available in either 32mm (gauge 0) or 45mm gauge (gauge 1), the latter as per the 3’ gauge locos supplied to Balfour Beatty in Scotland. The model will only be available in satin black (with no running number) and will carry a UK RRP of £1950.00. We expect this locomotive to be popular; please place your reservations early!  They will carry item numbers S19-29A (45mm gauge) and S19-29B (32mm gauge).  You can see the full details here.

New for 2018 – Lynton & Barnstaple Railway ‘Howard’ Bogie Van

These bogie vans were ordered by the Southern Railway to strengthen the fleet it acquired with the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway.  The four vans were built by J & F Howard of Bedford in 1927 and featured sliding doors and ‘X’ barcing, the latter changed to diagonal bracing in 1934, just a year before they were withdrawn and scrapped!  In 2002 the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Trust acquired the last remains of one so there remains the slim chance that one may yet be resurrected.

Since the vans only ever carried Southern livery we will be offering them in SR brown and L&B grey (data only).  The UK RRP will be £100.00 each.  We feel that they will make a great generic van, of a type seen all round the world on 2’ gauge networks and are sure they will be very popular in consequence.  You can find full details here.

R19-25A SR ‘Howard’ Van – SR Brown – #47042 #47043 #47044 #47045
R19-25B SR ‘Howard’ Van – L&B Grey – Data Only

1:32 Scale mineral and oil tank wagons in stock

We have just received a delivery of the 16 ton steel mineral wagons in grey and bauxite and all varieties of oil tanker; be advised the latter are selling out fast so don’t miss out!

Ruby’s back in town!

The ever popular Ruby kits are once again available and we will be getting our new stock in a couple of weeks.  If you would like on of these great little locomotives or kits make sure you contact us soon.  UK RRP £599.00.

AC77-010 Ruby #1 Black, No Pressure Gauge, Live Steam
AC77-011 Ruby Kit #1 Black w/o Pressure Gauge, Live Steam
AC77-012 Ruby #2 Red, No Pressure Gauge, Live Steam

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Accucraft August News

Open Day at Accucraft (UK) – last call!

We will be holding an open house at Unit 4, Long Meadow Industrial Estate on Saturday 5th August. We now have a skip’s worth of factory seconds, damaged items and test samples to sell.  This stock will be offered for sale on a ‘first come, first served’ basis without prior reservation and include ‘open box’ locomotives, rolling stock and track components as well as sundry ‘kits of parts’ with potential for re-assembly!  As they say, “everything must go!”

We can now confirm that we will be supported by Swift Sixteen, Model Earth Design & Talisman Brass Castings, Trenarren Models, Campbell’s Quarry and Neil Ramsay’s collection of Irish 3′ gauge stock.  We will be running Accucraft locomotives in 1:13.7, 1:19, 1:20.3 and 1:32 scales.  Opening times are 10:30am to 16:00pm and there will be an on site café offering refreshments and light lunches.

7/8ths” Bagnall saddle tanks

The 1:13.7 scale Bagnalls are at your local dealer now.  These chunky engines are proving most popular with the 7/8ths” brigade and their whopping boiler capacity means you won’t have to worry about topping them up!  Available in green, red, blue and black, 45mm gauge only.  James Gilchrist very kindly hefted his to Threlkeld Quarry where he was able to pose it with one of the prototypes, Sir Tom!

Llanfair Garden Railway Show – 2nd & 3rd September

Just a reminder that we will be attending the Llanfair show at the beginning of September where we will be unveiling some of our plans for new production in 2018.  As usual the weekend coincides with the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway Gala which makes it a doubly worthwhile trip out!  The W&LLR Gala is their biggest event of the year, now over three days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Every operating engine will be in use.  There will be traction engines, steam cars and lorries, a model railway exhibition, demonstrations and trade stands, and a shuttle bus to the garden railway show up the hill at Llanfair High School.

Lyn steams!

We were delighted to be present for the first steaming of the new-build Lyn for the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway at Alan Keef’s works at Ross-on-Wye.  Accucraft UK helped fund the construction of the locomotive by donating one of our 1:19 scale models of Lyn for the 762 Club to auction.  We look forward to seeing this powerful 2-4-2T in operation on an ever-expanding railway.

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Accucraft (US) News

Summer madness sale at Accucraft!  We have some absolute bargains in 1:29 Scale giving modellers the opportunity to make up some impressive consists for very little outlay.  Contact our Herefordshire office to reserve some of these while the U.S. office still has some stock!  Call 01981 241380 with a credit/debit card now!

1:29 Rolling Stock Steals!

PS-1 Box Cars – we are able to offer some staggering discounts on these attractive cars and can offer then in dozens of different liveries.  Down from £149.00 to just £89.00 per car!  You can see the whole range here.

G401-02C PS-1 Box Car - B&O #470788

G401-04B PS-1 Box Car - BM #76256

G401-08A PS-1 Box Car - EJ&E #61025

G401-16A PS-1 Box Car - WP Silver w/ Orange Feather #19503

Bethgon II Coal Porters – these high capacity bogie coal wagons have a plastic body and die-cast sprung trucks with metal wheels.  The price has been slashed from £179.00 to £125.00 while stocks last!  You can see the full range of available liveries here.

G421-06A Bethgon - Burlington Northern #533641, 1 car

G421-12B Bethgon - CSX Black #380044, 1 car

Stock Cars – now discontinued, this is the ‘last chance saloon’ to pick up some of these cars at an incredibly low price!  Plastic body, Die-cast trucks with metal wheels.  Down from £125.00 to just £50.00 – that’s right, over 65% off!  You can see all the different types available here.

G424-06A Stock Car - Canadian National #172755

G424-05C Stock Car - Great Northern, Red #55931

40′ Woodside Reefers – Superb refers, ideal for making up long trains.  Plastic body, Die-cast trucks with metal wheels.  The price has been cut from £179.00 to just £75.00 – yes, over £100.00 off each car!  You can see the liveries available here.

G426-03B Reefer - PFE Union Pacific #92387

G426-06B Reefer - Banana Dist Co #7060

G426-07B Reefer - Burington #75282

1:29 Scale Gunderson Hi-Cube box cars

Just arrived from the factory are sample models of the new G411-series 1:29 scale Gunderson Hi-Cube (Plate F) box car. Visit the American Mainline (AML) website for a list of available road names, featuring four different car numbers per item number.  A small quantity of undecorated cars will also be produced for those modelers wishing to paint and letter for their own road name.

Please be patient just a little longer, production models will begin delivering shortly. Contact us to place your reservations for these box cars now!  They’re sure to be hot sellers!  UK RRP £179.00 but you can pre-order them now for just £135.00!

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Accucraft July News

In the July bulletin we bring you more news of our open day, some further advice about the 7/8ths” Decauvilles, news of our involvement with the North Norfolk Railway’s ‘Tracks & Trenches’ weekend, an update on the delivery of the 7/8ths” Bagnall saddle tanks and absolutely the last call for Tornados.

Open Day at Accucraft (UK)

We will be holding an open house at Unit 4, Long Meadow Industrial Estate on Saturday 5th August.  Ian has just returned from the factory having identified a skip’s worth of factory seconds, damaged items and test samples which will be shipped to the UK.  These items will be offered for sale on a ‘first come, first served’ basis without prior reservation and include ‘open box’ locomotives, rolling stock and track components as well as sundry ‘kits of parts’ with potential for re-assembly!  As they say, “everything must go!”

We can now confirm that we will be supported by Swift Sixteen, Model Earth Design & Talisman Brass Castings, Trenarren Models, Campbell’s Quarry and Neil Ramsay’s collection of Irish 3′ gauge stock.  We will be running Accucraft locomotives in 1:13.7, 1:19, 1:20.3 and 1:32 scales.  Opening times are 10.30am to 16.00pm and there will be an on site café offering refreshments and light lunches.

Some of the stock on its way from the factory for the open day

7/8ths” Decauvilles – gas tank replacement programme

Alas, it seems the fix installed by the factory for the UK batch still hasn’t eliminated the problem of surging gas with these models.  Therefore the factory is sending us replacement tanks which are slightly smaller and can be completely insulated, trials of which have shown that this is the best solution.  The good news is that replacing the gas tank is a straightforward nut and bolt operation which can be effected by anyone with the simplest of tools.  We will be send these tanks out to all of those who have purchased their locomotives through the UK dealer network with a set of illustrated instructions.

North Norfolk Railway ‘Tracks & Trenches’ weekend

Continuing our support of WW1 themed events, we were delighted to help with the NNR’s Great War weekend in June, sponsoring the transportation of an armoured Simplex from the Apedale Railway.  A narrow gauge line had been set up in the goods yard at Holt station and our friends from Apedale had fun shunting the rolling stock on a very compact track plan.  Graham Langer of Accucraft (UK) was present with the Light Cavalry Association, demonstrating the role of the horse in WW1.

The Bagnalls are on their way!

After a long gestation period, the Bagnall saddle tanks will be with dealers in July.  Bagnall were renowned builders of industrial locomotives for both standard gauge and narrow gauge.  They developed a huge range of designs and built numerous engines for the ‘big four’ and the MOD.  The 7″ x 12″ saddle tank was a mid-range narrow gauge design that could be supplied in a number of different formats.  Several examples of the type have been preserved including Woto by Alan Keef, the prototype on which we based our model. You can see the full specification here.

Absolutely the last call for Tornado!

We have been made aware by our colleagues in Union City that the US office has a handful of these lovely Gauge 1 locomotives left.  We can offer these to UK customers for £3650.00 including UK delivery and VAT but they will only be available directly through the Hereford office.  You can see the full specification here.

Versions still available:

S32-12A – lined apple green, rimless chimney ‘BRITISH RAILWAYS’
S32-12B – lined BR blue, rimmed chimney, early emblem
S32-12C – lined BR green, rimmed chimney, early emblem

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Accucraft June News

It’s June and we’re “bustin’ out all over” with stock arrivals and news of an open day / garage sale at the unit in August.  We also bring you an update about the 7/8ths” scale Decauville’s which needs to be read by anyone in the UK who has ordered one through us or our dealers.

Summer Bonanza!

We will be holding an open house at Unit 4, Long Meadow Industrial Estate on Saturday 5th August.  Ian has just returned from the factory having identified a skip’s worth of factory seconds, damaged items and test samples which will be shipped to the UK.  These items will be offered for sale on a ‘first come, first served’ basis without prior reservation and include ‘open box’ locomotives, rolling stock and track components as well as sundry ‘kits of parts’ with potential for re-assembly!  As they say, “everything must go!”

In addition we will be hosting half a dozen associated trade stands and exhibitors and will be running trains on the newly constructed test track – yes, you heard right, the warehouse elves have been busily constructing a twin gauge running line with 8′ radius curves on which a variety of Accucraft locomotives will be strutting their stuff.  Opening times are 10.30am to 16.00pm and there will be an on site café offering refreshments and light lunches.

Some of the ex-factory stock that will be on offer

Construction of the test track at Unit 4

7/8ths” Scale Decauvilles

Those of you who follow the various online forums or social media will no doubt be aware of an issue that has affected the first tranche of these locos that was delivered to the U.S. – put simply heat was being transferred from the smokebox to the adjacent gas tank and causing the fuel to surge.  Fortunately this problem came to light before the U.K. bound consignment had been uplifted and we were able to discuss a solution with the factory; in consequence all stock purchased from us or our dealers will have been fitted with additional heat insulation in the smokebox and side tank.  However, it is worth observing that these are very small locomotives which lack the ability to absorb and dissipate heat easily and so must NEVER be run on anything but Butane and must be fired with care.  Users must resist the temptation to turn the gas up in order to raise steam quickly, even though most of our other locomotives will tolerate this treatment.  Great care will be needed to avoid over-firing the Decauville.  We apologise for the additional delay in delivering these pretty machines and hope you understand why it was necessary.

Gauge 1, 1:32 scale Mk1 coaches

We have delivered the first batch of these coaches to our dealers and will be getting a few more with the Decauvilles but it is likely that demand will exceed supply.  Unfortunately there was a late surge of orders from our dealers after production had commenced and although we have obtained as much spare stock from the factory and the U.S. as we can there may be orders unfulfilled.  Those who require additional SKs might consider switching  to SOs when they are produced in the autumn.  If demand is sufficient we may be able to run some more BSKs when the SOs and FKs are produced.  The message is clear – get your orders in or miss out!

3rd June 2017 – GIMRA 70th Anniversary Show – The Fosse

Held at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, The Fosse, we will be attending and look forward to seeing you there.  It will be a large event with up to four working layouts including Surrey Oval, Stanley Midland, Dobson Bridge. The Gauge 3 Society will be attending with the Blackgang exhibition track (almost 100′ in length). Tinplate exhibition track, 16mm Association Talks by Surrey Group. Plenty of Trade support. This event will be open to the public.

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Accucraft May News

Well, the Peterborough Show didn’t disappoint!  A very well attended exhibition with plenty to see and on offer.  We were delighted to show the Accucraft (US) 7/8ths” Scale Forney and were proud to sponsor the display of the North Bay Works Decauville in its part-finished state.  We also bring you news of Argyle Locomotive Works C38 4-6-2.

SR&RLRR Forney 0-4-4 #6

The Portland Company constructed 0-4-4 Forney #5 in 1891 for the Sandy River Railroad. The locomotive was named “N.B. Neal” and operated this way until 1908 when the Sandy River, Franklin & Megantic, Philips & Rangeley, along with their respective subsidiary railroads merged to form the Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes. At this time the loco was renumbered to SR&RL #6. In 1925 the loco was sold to the Kennebec Central, becoming their #4. She was again sold in 1933 to the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington as their #9. After the WW&F railroad was abandoned in 1936-‘37, it was purchased and stored near Putnam, Connecticut.

In December 1994, an agreement was reached with the estate for WW&F #9 and its return to Maine for eventual restoration. Over the course of several years the loco was restored and is now featured in regular excursion over a restored section of the railroad.

Specifications
Scale / Gauge: 7/8ths / 45 mm
Construction: Brass & Stainless Steel
Mini. Radius: 8ft.
Length: 22.1 in. (562 mm)
Width: 6.1 in. (155 mm)
Height: 8.7 in. (221 mm)
Features: Butane fired, Copper boiler, Ceramic burner, 60 psi working pressure, Two cylinders
Full working Stephenson valve gear, Safety valve, Forward/Reverse Johnson bar, Hand pump
Lubricator, Water sight glass, Pressure gauge

Available exclusively from our Herefordshire office, the model carries a UK RRP of £3,200.00 including VAT, UK delivery and full UK warranty.

Decauville’s small and large!

We were delighted to sponsor the transport of a partly assembled Type 1 Decauville from North Bay Works to accompany the display of the 7/8ths” scale model on our stand.

Accucraft (Aus)  NSWGR C38 in un-streamlined form

Argyle locomotive Works have unveiled the first images of the un-streamlined version of the C38 4-6-2.  The 38 class design was based on a need to eliminate the complications of double heading required on a number of fast interstate passenger trains. The conditions of track work with frequent sharp curvature to be traversed at high speed would require six-coupled driving wheels in a ‘Pacific’ 4-6-2 configuration. Maintenance considerations suggested a two cylinder simple steam locomotive. In May 1939 an order for five 38 class locomotives was placed with Clyde Engineering with a distinctive streamlined boiler casing. The remaining 25 locomotives were built without streamlining at the NSWGR Eveleigh and Cardiff Workshops. From 1961 the locomotives were progressively withdrawn from service. Four have survived into preservation being 3801, 3813, 3820 and 3830.

The model will be available in both Streamlined and Un-streamlined versions and in a variety of liveries and power options. Pilot Model 2016 – you can download the order form here.  Place your reservations with our Hereford office now – prices may be subject to currency revision. With prices ranging from a UK RRP of £3,550.00 (electric) to £3,795.00 (Live Steam) we think they represent outstanding value for money.

Product Specifications – Live Steam Version:

  • Scale: 1:32
  • Gauge: 45mm
  • Valve Gear: Walschaerts, two cylinders, slide valves, cylinder drain cocks
  • Working Pressure: 60psi
  • Construction: Copper boiler, Brass boiler jacket, Brass cab, Brass tender,
  • Boiler Fittings: Safety valve, pressure gauge, water gauge
  • Axle water pump with bypass valve, Water hand pump with check valve
  • Length over buffers: 756mm (29.8 inches)
  • Width: 91mm (3.6 inches)
  • Height: 133mm (5.2 inches)
  • Min Radius: Electric 2m (6½ feet) Live Steam 3m (9 feet)
  • Steel drivers
  • Chassis is sprung on all wheels, with sprung side control on the leading bogie
  • Main driving axle boxes have oil reservoirs with felt oil pads
  • Trailing Truck has oil /felt reservoirs
  • Main Coupling rod and Connecting rod have a rotating bronze sleeve bearing common to both rods
  • Spirit fired boilers have Automatic Blower which opens when the Regulator is shut.

Liveries Available:

  • 3801 Streamlined, Verdant Green
  • 3803 Streamlined, Black / Red lining
  • 3813 Un-Streamlined, NSWGR Special Green
  • 3820 Un-Streamlined, Black / Red lining
  • 3830 Un-Streamlined, NSWGR Special Green (all green)
  • 3830 Un-Streamlined, Olive Green 1961 livery

Models & Options Available:

  • SG Live Steam, Gas Fired, Ceramic Burner
  • SA Live Steam, Alcohol Fired with multi tube boiler
  • EL Electric with full Cab Detail
  • RC Radio Control Fittings Kit for live steam models

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