Accucraft May News

Welcome to our May update.  Rolling Covid-19 lockdowns in China are hampering operations at the factory and our ability to ship goods by air.  However, we have managed to obtain what may be the last batch of RTR Pecketts and these are now in stock at your dealers – don’t miss out!  The kits will be along shortly as well.  As soon as we have firm delivery dates for our other projects we will be sure to advise about them here.

Progress with Diana

One piece of good news is that we are able to share some images of the stainless steel metalwork for Diana’s bodywork.  Due for delivery this autumn we are taking pre-orders now, be sure to be on the list!

 

Diana was built in 1909 by Kerr Stuart as part of an order for six 2′ 5 1⁄2″ gauge locomotives for Mauritius. Although several of the locomotives in the order were sent to Mauritius, Diana wasn’t delivered and stayed at Kerr Stuart’s factory in Stoke on Trent. In 1917, the locomotive was purchased by the Home Grown Timber Committee of the Board of Trade for use on the Kerry Tramway, near Newtown, Powys in Mid Wales. It was rebuilt to 2′ gauge and delivered to Kerry, Powys.

The Kerry Tramway closed in 1922, though a short length was retained and worked by an unknown locomotive. In 1925, Diana was sold to the Oakeley Quarry in Blaenau Ffestiniog, where it worked for the next twenty years. In 1945, it was sold on to the Pen-yr-Orsedd Quarry in the Nantlle Valley, where it and worked until its boiler was condemned in 1950.

Diana was purchased for preservation in 1964 and passed through the hands of a variety of owners and moved to a number of different locations including the Llanberis Lake Railway, the Brecon Mountain Railway and Alan Keef’s in Ross on Wye although its restoration was never fully completed until it passed into the hands of Phil Mason, a Talyllyn Railway volunteer, who finished the work at the Vale of Rheidol Railway before setting the engine to work on the Bala Lake Railway.

The planned release of our model was pushed back six months by the Covid-19 outbreak but we anticipate a 2021 delivery. The model is gas-fired and fitted with a water top up valve, water gauge, miniature pressure gauge and lubricator; constructed of stainless steel and etched brass with a copper boiler, the locomotive has an enhanced level of detail made possible by this scale including a brake stand / gas control valve, dummy water gauges and sliding cab-sheet doors.  It is gauge-adjustable between 45mm and 32mm gauges.  The gas tank is concealed in the left hand side tank with the filler hidden under a dummy coal load, the Goodall top-up valve is hidden in the dummy sand pot on the boiler.  The estimated UK pre-order is £1695.00 and the model will be available direct from us or through our dealers.  Our thanks to Phil Mason for giving us unlimited access to the locomotive and David Fletcher for producing the superb drawings.

In addition to the help Phil Mason has given us he has very kindly arranged that every customer who purchases a model of Diana will be entitled to a free footplate ride on the prototype locomotive at the Amerton Railway near Stafford (subject to terms and conditions yet to be finalised) and the opportunity to pose their model with the real thing!  A numbered certificate confirming this will be issued with every model sold.

Specifications:

  • Scale: 22.5mm to 1 foot (1:13.7), 7/8ths” to 1 foot
  • Gauge: 45mm or 32mm adjustable
  • Length: 270mm (over buffer beams)
  • Width: 126mm
  • Height: 195mm
  • Boiler: Centre Flue
  • Working Pressure: 60psi
  • Weight: TBA
  • Minimum Radius: 600mm (2 feet)
  • Reversing Gear: Piston type, reverse by lever in the cab
  • Valve Gear: Simulated Stephenson’s link
  • Fuel: Butane Gas
  • Boiler Fittings: Safety valve, pressure gauge, water top-up valve
  • Cab Controls: Steam regulator, gas regulator, reverse lever, water gauge

Colours available, subject to production batch:

S78-5A Kerr Stuart ‘Sirdar’ 0-4-0T in lined grey, Diana
S78-5B Kerr Stuart ‘Sirdar’ 0-4-0T in lined black
S78-5C Kerr Stuart ‘Sirdar’ 0-4-0T in lined green
S78-5D Kerr Stuart ‘Sirdar’ 0-4-0T in lined maroon

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Accucraft April News

Welcome to the Accucraft UK April update.  This month we bring you news of a further run of the 1:32 oil tankers including a limited edition version to celebrate G1MRA’s 75th Anniversary this year as well as Esso and Shell/BP versions in black.  We also have some tempting new offers in the ‘Clearing House’.  Please note that the office will be closed for the week 4th – 8th April.

New 1:32 Scale 14T oil tankers

We were delighted to have been asked by the Gauge 1 Model Railway Association to produce a commemorative vehicle for the association’s 75th Anniversary and are pleased to back this up by supporting their ever-expanding plans for a show at Bicester Heritage over the first weekend in October.  The new versions of these popular wagons will be available this summer at a projected UK RRP of £85.00.

The G1MRA tanker will be built in strictly limited numbers and demand is expected to be high. Priced at £85.00 they represent excellent value for money and can either be delivered or picked up at Bicester in October. Please follow this link to register your interest.

Special Edition Jackson & Sharp coaches

D&RGW passenger cars were originally built by the Jackson Sharp company in the early 1880’s. The D&RG rebuilt them over the years with larger windows, and other improvements on an as needed basis. In the 1920’s the coaches went through the car shops again to have more improvements made. This included having the bodies and platforms lowered, under-frame reinforced, and extension side bearings installed. Accucraft’s models are of the later rebuilt cars.  The C&S and RGS all acquired these cars over the years, and the D&RG, and the D&RGW rebuilt these cars so many times that today it can be hard to tell how many changes were done.

The newest SE special edition of these coaches feature a stronger, more secure construction, ball bearing wheels standard, and new LED lights that can be track or battery powered.  Liveries available include Red, Green and Bumble Bee yellow, contact us for availability, the UK RRP is £295.00

Note: New yellow bumble bee coaches are a different shade of yellow compared to previous productions.

In consequence of this new run, the old stock of J&S coaches have been remaindered at a UK RRP of £220.00.  Coaches only are available in C&S green but Combines are still available D&RGW bumble bee yellow, D&RGW red and green, RGS red and unlettered red.  Contact us to confirm availability.

New to the ‘Clearing House’

We are pleased to offer a couple of exciting ‘train sets’ through the ‘Clearing House’.  The first is a rare bird, an Accucraft K-28 in Moffatt green with the Moffatt logo on the tender.  These D&RGW ‘Mikes’ rarely come up for sale and the original run was only a small one.  The locomotive is butane-fired and has been very well cared for.  It comes with four of the equally rare metal ‘San Juan’ coaches, as illustrated here (less one coach).  Priced at £7000.00 for the set we think it represents great value for money.

We also have a complete Southern Region set to sell in 1:32 Scale, comprising an Accucraft Adams Radial Tank 4-4-2T and four L&SWR suburban coaches in BR green – £4495.00

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Accucraft March News

Welcome to our March update!  Despite everything we have continued to progress projects and are delighted to bring you further news about very successful little Peckett saddle tanks – these are now available as kits!  We are also pleased to bring you news of the new Accucraft US Shay, the first to be available as gauge-adjustable between 32mm and 45mm gauge!  In addition the long-awaited 1:29 Scale GP60s are on their way, both as DCC ready and sound-fitted types.  Finally we’d like to issue a last reminder that the Midlands Garden Railway Show is being held over the weekend of the 12th & 13th March and we look forward to seeing many of you there.

Peckett kits!

Having presented the Gauge 1 fraternity with the lovely Adams Radial Tank as both ready to run models and kits we will probably be offering all future production in the latter form as well as RTR.  There can be no doubt that the Radial Tank was well received as a kit and our customers enjoyed the challenge of building them up – now it is the turn of the narrow gauge fraternity!

The next run of Pecketts will be priced at £1650.00 RTR and £1575.00 for the kits.

1:20.3 Scale 13-2 Class A Shay

The 13-2 Class A straight boiler Shay locomotive was one of Lima’s industrial success stories, with virtually identical examples built for US and international industry and plantations lines. Orders were built for New York, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Alabama, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Washington State, Minnesota and Hawaii. In addition, exports were built for Queensland Australia, Japan, Puerto Rico and more. Despite its small stature, the design was built for a wide variety of gauges including 50cm, 24”, 30” 36”, 42” and standard gauge. The 13-2 Class A is a 2 cylinder, 13 Ton conventional straight boiler design, and differs from other 13 Ton ‘T’ boiler and tapered boiler designs.  Today there is only one known survivor of this design of 13-2 Class A, as built for Queensland, Australia which is now preserved at the Nambour Museum in beautifully restored, non-operational condition.

At long last, a gorgeous little Shay that is gauge-adjustable!  Perfect for the 16mm brigade!

The model will be gauge-adjustable for 32mm and 45mm and will come with two types of stack as typically supplied by Lima when built.  Supplied in either black or green, UK RRP £2145.00 RTR, £1995.00 Kit, available direct from Accucraft UK, due for release Q4 2022.  Our thanks to David Fletcher for the superb illustrations.

Specifications:

1:20.3 Scale – 45 mm Gauge/32mm Gauge (adjustable)
Brass, Copper & Stainless Steel Construction
48 in. (1.2 M) Mini. Radius
Length: 16.8 in. (427 mm)
Width: 4.5 in. (116 mm)
Height: 6.6 in. (168 mm)

Features:

Butane fired
Two truck, two cylinders
Simulated Stephenson valve gear,
Two Safety valves
Lubricator
Water level gauge
Blowdown valve
Hand operated pump in bunker
Superheater

Now available! 1:29 Scale GP60/GP60M Diesels

The GP60 was EMD’s first engine that was classified as a “third-generation” locomotive. The engine’s on-board microprocessors replaced hundreds of wiring circuits, dozens of relays and all but one module card, making it an improvement among EMD’s engines.  Power was provided by a 16-cylinder 710G3A diesel engine, which could produce 3,800 horsepower (2,800 kW). This locomotive was 59 feet 9 inches long and featured a 3,700-US-gallon (14,000 L) fuel tank. The GP60 series shared the same frame as the GP59. Cabless ‘B’ units of this locomotive model were also built; they were known as GP60B models. Units built with a North American Safety Cab were designated GP60M. These latter two types were purchased exclusively by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. A total of 294 GP60, 23 GP60B and 63 GP60M units were built by EMD. Due to the mainstream focus of railroads on powerful six-axle units, and strict emissions standards, the GP60 was the last new EMD “Geep”.

1:29 Scale, 45mm Gauge
DCC & Sound Ready Option – £595.00
DCC & Sound Fitted Option – £795.00

Road Number Options:

Santa Fe Blue/Yellow: #4022, #4035
Santa Fe Aluminium/Red: #100, #101, #144, #157
Rio Grande: #3154, #3156
Union Pacific: #1994, #2098
Southern Pacific: #9757, #9785
Vermont Railway: #381
Norfolk Southern Black/White & “Operation Lifesaver”: #7100
Norfolk Southern 100th Anniversary: #4610
CSX: #6897, #6899
BNSF “Heritage”: #117, #145
BNSF ” Wedge”: #130, #150

Midlands Garden Railway Show

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Accucraft February News

Welcome to our February update.  We are pleased to say that after various delays, at least three projects are making good progress at the factory.  The 1:32 scale GWR 43XX is coming along and the 1:19 scale ‘Lawley’ is also now in production; in addition to these two, the 1:32 Mk1 coaches are once again back on track and we hope to see all three of these projects within four to six months.

1:19 Scale ‘Lawley’ 4-4-0

The factory has commenced making parts for the eagerly anticipated ‘Lawley’ 4-4-0 and we aim to have the sample with us at Midlands Garden Rail Show. The museum quality model is internally gas fired and is gauge adjustable for either 32mm (‘0’ gauge) or 45mm (‘1’ gauge) – all the parts for this are supplied with the model. This operation can be undertaken by the owner and only takes a few minutes. The cab roof lifts up to give access to the water filler. The boiler is fitted with a water gauge, pressure gauge and the gas tank is in a water bath in the tender (which also has a dry space for fitting radio control). The model is fitted with slide valves, functioning Stephenson valve gear and is built from stainless steel, copper and brass. Estimated UK RRP £2950.00 inc. VAT – don’t miss the pre-order price!

Revisions during the design stage have included the provision of a single-skinned roof only, sliding cabside louvres, twin lubricators and the decision to produce the headlamps as an after-market accessory.

Research has shown that the SAR green livery is close enough to justify using the same colour as that which we applied to our Lynton & Barnstaple locomotives and it would not be too great a stretch of the imagination to envisage one of these plying its trade in North Devon!

S19-36A Lawley NG6 4-4-0 – Beira Railway Green
S19-36B Lawley NG6 4-4-0 – SAR Green
S19-36C Lawley NG6 4-4-0 – SAR Black

1:19 Scale Cranmore Peckett 0-4-0ST

We have been delighted by the reaction of customers who bought the 1:19 (16mm) Cranmore Peckett saddle tanks and are grateful for all your kind words.  It is, indeed, a lovely little locomotive but we omitted to say a couple of things in the instructions!  Firstly, the wheels can be re-gauged in the normal fashion, by carefully inverting the locomotive and slackening off the grub screws in the wheel bosses (using the Allen key provided) and moving the wheels in or out until the alternative dimple in the axle is located at which point the grub screw can be re-tightened.  We appreciate that after runs of “either/or”  locomotives, many customers wanted a truly gauge adjustable one!  Secondly, the cab spectacle glasses are protected on the inside by a film of transparent blue plastic – this can be carefully peeled back with a finger nail.

Please be aware that nearly all the initial delivery has been sold and although we will be taking orders for the second batch, these may not be available until the summer, so, if you are still hesitating, don’t leave it too late!

You can find a short video on YouTube covering the main features of the Peckett (and a couple you may not have discovered yet!).

The Midlands Garden Rail Show

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Accucraft January News

Belated Happy New Year!  2022 has dawned brightly with the gorgeous little Cranmore Pecketts delivered to their new owners.  We are pleased/sorry to say that a rash of new orders has reduced our available free stock to a couple of examples of each livery and we don’t anticipate these staying around long!  With all the parts already made we should be able to produce further batches in due course.  In other news we are delighted to announce our next ‘small’ locomotive in 16mm (1:19) scale, Rheidol, and have further tempting offerings in ‘The Clearing House’.

New for 2022/3 – 16mm (1:19) scale Bagnall 0-4-2T Rheidol

Following the release of the gorgeous little Peckett, we are delighted to announce that our next small locomotive will be the Bagnall 2-4-0T Rheidol. One of Archangel’s most successful models in the early days of 16mm scale, we are sure many associated with the hobby will have soft spot for this engine! Originally named Treze de Maio (Portuguese for 13th May, the date on which slavery was abolished in Brazil), the engine was built by Bagnalls of Stafford for Collier Antunes for a sugar cane plantation in 1896 but never delivered as the order was cancelled, instead the locomotive was re-gauged from 2’ 5 ½” gauge to 2’ 3” gauge when it was sold to the Plynlimon and Hafan Tramway and named Talybont. In 1903, after the failure of that railway, it was purchased for the construction of the Vale of Rheidol Railway, re-gauged to 1’ 11 ¾” and renamed Rheidol. Absorbed by the GWR in 1923 it was numbered it 1198, but it was withdrawn and scrapped the following year, having never carried its GWR number.

The model is gauge-adjustable (32mm and 45mm), gas-fired and fitted with a water top-up valve, water gauge with blow-down valve, lubricator and pressure gauge; constructed of stainless steel and etched brass with a copper boiler, the model will, as usual, be covered by our two-year warranty. The anticipated pre-order RRP is £1695.00 (subject to the usual provisos), available late 2022 or early 2023. Fitted with Accucraft chopper couplings, the model will be supplied with two chimneys, the original balloon stack and the more traditional type. Available in six liveries, full details can be found on the Accucraft UK website. As ever, we’d like to thank David Fletcher for his superb drawings, illustrating the livery options.  You can find full details here.

New Vale of Rheidol book launched

Coincidental with our announcement of the little Bagnall, the Vale of Rheidol Railway has released a new book.

Many years have been spent researching the railway’s own archives and archaeology dating back to the opening of the line in 1902 to produce this sumptuous volume. With the research coupled with detailed measured drawings, the book presents an unrivalled description of the Railway’s history, equipment and infrastructure.

The highly detailed drawings include locomotives, passenger carriages, goods stock, service vehicles, bridges, signalling, trackwork, station buildings, lineside equipment, water columns etc. Also featured are a fascinating selection of photographs, documents and ephemera from the railway’s own archives from opening to the present day. Many of these illustrations are being reproduced for the first time with many in colour. Carefully prepared livery diagrams illustrate the myriad of paint schemes used by the railway, including Brighton Ochre and BR Rail Blue.

In addition to providing a comprehensive record of locomotives, carriages, wagons and buildings, some now long disappeared, aided by primary source information and close examination of surviving equipment, the work brings the record up to date with extensive details of modern developments and equipment. This includes a unique behind-the scenes insight into the engineering and operation of a modern preserved narrow gauge steam railway.

The book will be available, only from the Vale of Rheidol Railway, in January 2022.

Latest ‘Clearing House’ offerings

We often get requests for items that are discontinued and similarly we get offered items to sell by customers or from estate sales.  Thus we are able to keep a list of requirements and available items, some of which are rare or hard to obtain.  We try to match up the two halves of this equation, either directly or via our dealers, with a view providing a useful service that ensures Accucraft and other locomotives and rolling stock find good homes.  Please contact us by ‘phone or email to discuss your requirements.

Here are a few choice items currently available, all for sale on behalf of known and trusted customers.

Accucraft 1:20.3 scale K36 2-8-2 live steam – SOLD

Accucraft Pennsylvania T1 4-4-4-4 live steam (alcohol) – £4750.00

Aster Nickel Plate Road Berkshire 2-8-4 live steam (alcohol) – £4500.00 (with wooden carry-case)

Bowande Pennsylvania G5 4-6-0 live steam (butane) – £1900.00 (brand new, never run) SOLD

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Accucraft December Extra!

We’d like to share some late-breaking news with you all!

Bowaters Models

We are delighted to announce that Bowaters Models have now joined the ranks of Accucraft dealers.  Based in West Sussex, the firm has been developing an extensive range of laser cut kits in 1:32 scale and the narrow gauges and has recently added the Fareham Carriage Works and Bona Models lines to the brands it carries.

Jon Reeves of Bowaters said, “We have had a long working relationship with Accucraft (having used their couplings for a while), even designing specific rolling stock to run with their latest locomotives (their Adams Radial and upcoming GWR 43xx being prime examples). We’re delighted to be able to list their products and look forward to any additions they bring out! To keep things simple for now and to allow the business to continue to grow, we will only be listing what Accucraft has in stock for the time being. It is hoped and expected as this side of the business grows, we will be able to accept pre orders later in 2022/early 2023. We do have a few things planned regarding new engine releases but we will say what they are at the time of release.”

You can find the Bowaters Models website here.

1:19 Peckett ‘Cranmore’ 0-4-0ST

With shipping fast approaching, the factory has been able to share some images of all the liveries announced for this lovely little engine.  Hardly needing any further help in the looks department we feel that they represent one of the most attractive offerings on the current UK market.

Available to pre-order through your local retailer or direct from us, they should be here early in 2022!  Still available at their pre-order price of just £1595.00 although only a limited number remain available in the first batch.  You can see full details here.

Llangollen Garden Railway Festival

Another date for your diaries!  Unfortunately the first attempt to hold this show was scuppered by Covid-19 so full marks to the organisers for holding their nerve and trying again in 2022.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Happy Christmas!

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Accucraft December News

Welcome to our December update.  We hope it is not too early to wish you all a Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year after what has been another challenging year for many of us.  Ongoing supply and shipping problems have caused our production and delivery timetable to shift several times and we apologise for the lateness of the 1:32 scale 43XX Mogul.  The good news is that progress has been made on the production of the 1:19 scale Peckett 0-4-0ST and a sample of the 1:19 scale ‘Lawley’ is being assembled.  We’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to ‘The Clearing House’, as explained below, and remind you that one of the first exhibitions we will be attending in 2022 is the Midlands Garden Railway Show on 12th & 13th March.

‘The Clearing House’

We often get requests for items that are discontinued and similarly we get offered items to sell by customers or from estate sales.  Thus we are able to keep a list of requirements and available items, some of which are rare or hard to obtain.  We try to match up the two halves of this equation, either directly or via our dealers, with a view providing a useful service that ensures Accucraft and other locomotives and rolling stock find good homes.  Please contact us by ‘phone or email to discuss your requirements.  Some of the most sought after locomotives are our 1:32 scale 61XX 2-6-2T, the A1 4-6-2 Tornado and our 1:19 scale W&L Earl and Countess 0-6-0T so if you are thinking of parting with one, consider us first!

Here are a few choice items currently available, all for sale on behalf of known and trusted customers.  You can find The Clearing House on this page.

Live Steam

Accucraft Southern Pacific F4 2-10-2 Vanderbilt tender live steam (butane) – SOLD

 Accucraft H8 Allegheny Virginian Mallet 2-6-6-6 live steam (butane) – SOLD

Accucraft Pennsylvania T1 4-4-4-4 live steam (alcohol) – £4750.00 ONO

Bowande Pennsylvania G5 4-6-0 live steam (butane) – £1900.00 (brand new, never run) ONO

Aster Nickel Plate Road Berkshire 2-8-4 live steam (alcohol) – £4500.00 (with wooden carry-case) ONO

Original Aster light Mikado 2-8-2 live steam (alcohol) – SOLD

The Midlands Garden Railway Show

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Accucraft November News

Welcome to our November update.  This month we bring you news of a new Accucraft stockist, an update on the delivery of the Southern Pacific P-8s and our remaining Aster B1s and the announcement of G1MRA’s 75th Anniversary Show next year

New Accucraft stockist!

Following the closure of our unit at Pontrilas we have been aware that there are no ‘walk in’ dealerships covering this area.  Therefore, we are delighted to announce that Derails in Coleford have joined the Accucraft ‘family’, covering Gloucestershire and south-east Wales and will be stocking the Accucraft UK range.  It is encouraging to find young people such as Dan Winter injecting so much energy into the hobby and we wish him every success.

Derails Models
Unit 4, Unicorn House
Market Place
Coleford
GL16 8AA

01594 835935

Last call for the Southern Pacific P-8 4-6-2.

We are now shipping the ready to run Accucraft SP P-8 and the kits will follow soon and the electric version in due course.  This really is the last call if you would like to get one of these handsome locomotives.

UK RRP – RTR (Butane or Alcohol)  £4295.00, KIT £3795.00 RTR Electric £3795.00

AL97-035 SP P-8 4-6-2 – #2467, Butane Fired  
AL97-037 SP P-8 4-6-2 – #2472, Butane Fired  
AL97-035A SP P-8 4-6-2 – #2467, Alcohol Fired 
AL97-037A SP P-8 4-6-2 – #2472, Alcohol Fired
AL98-035 SP P-8 4-6-2 – #2467, Electric
AL98-037 SP P-8 4-6-2 – #2472, Electric 

Last remaining Aster B1s

We have a small number of Aster B1s left in stock.  These may be the only ones available in the UK for quite a while so don’t delay if you’d like one!  Illustrated are a couple that were personalised for a customer, thanks to Diane Carney nameplates!  One as No. 61002 Impala and the other as the doyen of the class, No. 1000 Springbok.

Aster LNER B1 4-6-0 – Order now – get 50% off a box of four RCH wagons KIT        RTR

AST-109-3K/R BR Black #61264 (In Preservation)                                      £3100.00   £3600.00
AST-109-4K/R BR Green #31306 Mayflower (In Preservation)                    £3100.00   £3600.00
AST-109-1UK/R LNER/BR Green, Unlettered/Un-numbered                       £3100.00   £3600.00
AST-109-2UK/R LNER Black, Unlettered/Un-numbered                              £3100.00   £3600.00
AST-109-3UK/R BR Black, Unlettered/Un-numbered                                  £3100.00   £3600.00
AST-109-4UK/R BR Green Unlettered/Un-numbered                                  £3100.00   £3600.00

Gauge 1 Model Railway Association 75th Anniversary Show

Next year will be the 75th Anniversary of G1MRA and we are delighted to say that Accucraft UK will be one of the principal sponsors of this event, a weekend show at Bicester Heritage in Oxfordshire.  As members of the Association it is only natural that we not only exhibit at the show but support it as well and we look forward to working with the committee to ensure that the show is an outstanding success!  In the coming months we will keep you updated on the various attendees and additional attractions for what should be one of the best garden scale shows in 2022.

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Accucraft October News

Welcome to our October update.  As the weather in the UK starts to turn autumnal, thoughts may start to turn towards Christmas – it certainly has for the world’s shipping companies and the cost of freight continues to spiral upwards. Unfortunately this means we are unlikely to be able to ship any rolling stock before the New Year (in the hope that at that stage some normality starts to return to the market).  In consequence we have delayed the delivery of the new 1:32 scale Mk1 RMB coaches and a balancing number of Mk1 SKs and BSKs but have brought forward the production of the 1:19 Peckett 0-4-0ST.

New for 2022!  ‘Cranmore’ type Peckett 0-4-0ST in 1:19 Scale

We are delighted to share an initial image of the sample of the new 1:19 (16mm) scale Peckett.  The model is gauge-adjustable (32mm and 45mm), gas-fired and fitted with a water top up valve, water gauge with blow-down valve, lubricator and pressure gauge; constructed of stainless steel and etched brass with a copper boiler, the model will, as usual, be covered by our two-year warranty. The anticipated UK RRP is £1595.00 (for pre-orders, subject to the usual provisos), available Q1 2022 (or maybe sooner!). In response to customer requests, we will be supplying the model with two domes, the factory original (ogee) pattern and the simpler Australian type. The locomotive is fitted Accucraft chopper couplings. You can see full details here.

British Railways Mk1 RMB

We have recently received the first image of the sample RMB from the factory and very good it is too.  Great care has been paid to the roof detail in particular (one of the most obvious features in a garden railway setting).  It is likely that the SKs and BSKs being produced at the same time will be the last run we make of these, so, if you need to add them to your collection, a pre-order with your favoured retailer is advised.

Last call for the Southern Pacific P-8 4-6-2.

We will be shipping the Accucraft SP P-8 in October and it is now also be available as a kit.  This really is the last call if you would like to get one of these before Christmas!

UK RRP – RTR (Butane or Alcohol)  £4295.00, KIT £3795.00 RTR Electric £3795.00

AL97-035 SP P-8 4-6-2 – #2467, Butane Fired  
AL97-037 SP P-8 4-6-2 – #2472, Butane Fired  
AL97-035A SP P-8 4-6-2 – #2467, Alcohol Fired 
AL97-037A SP P-8 4-6-2 – #2472, Alcohol Fired
AL98-035 SP P-8 4-6-2 – #2467, Electric
AL98-037 SP P-8 4-6-2 – #2472, Electric 

J&M L&SWR suburban coach sets

Owing to cancellations we can offer the following sets of the J&M L&SWR suburban coaches, but only while stocks remain.

1 x L&SWR set in salmon pink and brown livery (our price to you £2500.00) comprising:

2 x R32-20A L&SWR/SR BRAKE THIRD – SALMON PINK & CHOCOLATE (UK RRP £795.00 each)
2 x R32-21A L&SWR/SR ALL THIRD – SALMON PINK & CHOCOLATE (UK RRP £795.00 each)

1 x L&SWR set in salmon pink and brown livery (our price to you £2500.00) comprising:

2 x R32-20A L&SWR/SR BRAKE THIRD – SALMON PINK & CHOCOLATE (UK RRP £795.00 each)
1 x R32-21A L&SWR/SR ALL THIRD – SALMON PINK & CHOCOLATE (UK RRP £795.00 each)
1 x R32-22A L&SWR/SR COMPOSITE 1st/3rd – SALMON PINK & CHOCOLATE (UK RRP £795.00 each)

1 x SR set in Southern Railway green (our price to you £1800.00) comprising:

1 x R32-20B L&SWR/SR BRAKE THIRD – SOUTHERN RAILWAY GREEN (UK RRP £750.00 each)
2 x R32-22B L&SWR/SR COMPOSITE FIRST/THIRD – SOUTHERN GREEN (UK RRP £750.00 each)

1 x BR set in BR Southern Region green (our price to you £2400.00) comprising:

2 x R32-20C L&SWR/BR BRAKE THIRD – BR SOUTHERN REGION GREEN (UK RRP £750.00 each)
1 x R32-21C L&SWR/BR ALL THIRD – BR SOUTHERN REGION GREEN (UK RRP £750.00 each)
1 x R32-22C L&SWR/BR COMPOSITE FIRST/THIRD – BR SOUTHERN GREEN (UK RRP £750.00 each)

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Accucraft September News

The current hiatus affecting worldwide shipping and the closure of Shanghai’s principal airport because of Covid-19 is throwing up some particular challenges for our business, compromising both the supply of parts and the delivery of finished products.  There may be some adjustment to the order in which we deliver future projects and we would ask for your indulgence while we try to resolve these issues.

‘Lawley’ latest!

Although the project got knocked back by the pandemic, progress continues to be made with our forthcoming ‘Lawley’. The museum quality model is internally gas fired and is gauge adjustable for either 32mm (‘0’ gauge) or 45mm (‘1’ gauge) – all the parts for this are supplied with the model. This operation can be undertaken by the owner and only takes a few minutes. The cab roof lifts up to give access to the water filler. The boiler is fitted with a water gauge, pressure gauge and the gas tank is in a water bath in the tender (which also has a dry space for fitting radio control). The model is fitted with slide valves, functioning Stephenson valve gear and is built from stainless steel, copper and brass. Estimated UK RRP £2950.00 inc. VAT – don’t miss the pre-order price!

Revisions during the design stage have included the provision of a single-skinned roof only, sliding cabside louvres, twin lubricators and the decision to produce the headlamps as an after-market accessory.

Research has shown that the SAR green livery is close enough to justify using the same colour as that which we applied to our Lynton & Barnstaple locomotives and it would not be too great a stretch of the imagination to envisage one of these plying its trade in North Devon!

S19-36A Lawley NG6 4-4-0 – Beira Railway Green
S19-36B Lawley NG6 4-4-0 – SAR Green
S19-36C Lawley NG6 4-4-0 – SAR Black


The images above show the final refinements to the design prior to construction commencing. There will be plenty of room in the cab to allow the fitting of radio control. The cabside louvres can be slid far enough back to be removed completely if the operator wishes the locomotive to have a more British appearance.

Narrow gauge coaches

The Lynton & Barnstaple Brake Composite coaches are now in stock. This is a very small, one-time production run and individual brakes will only be available with one other type of coach, either R19-19/20/20. The UK RRP for the brake composites is currently £175.00, the other coaches remain at £150.00, so, £325.00 for a pair. Please place your orders (plus choice of additional coaches) as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Please note that this price is only applicable to the current UK stock since the escalation in shipping costs is bound to push up the RRP of any further supplies from the factory.

We are pleased to say that we have also just taken delivery of more Isle of Man ‘Pairs’ coaches. However, the prices only apply to current stock, future deliveries will see these rise. The coaches are supplied with both 45mm and 32mm gauge wheelsets which are easily changed. Make sure you get your order in now!

R19-10 ISLE of MAN 4 WHEEL COACH – 3rd – MAROON & CREAM £90.00
R19-10G ISLE of MAN 4 WHEEL COACH – 3rd – GREEN & CREAM £90.00
R19-24 I.O.M. ‘E’ VAN – MAROON & CREAM £90.00
R19-17 I.O.M. ‘PAIRS’ BOGIE COACH – COMPOSITE £175.00
R19-26 I.O.M. ‘PAIRS’ BOGIE COACH – HALF BRAKE £175.00

Aster residual stock

We have a small number of Aster locomotives left in stock.  These may be the only ones available in the UK for quite a while so don’t delay if you’d like one!

Aster LNER B1 4-6-0 – Order now – get 50% off a box of four RCH wagons KIT        RTR

AST-109-3K/R BR Black #61264 (In Preservation)                                      £3100.00   £3600.00
AST-109-4K/R BR Green #31306 Mayflower (In Preservation)                    £3100.00   £3600.00
AST-109-1UK/R LNER/BR Green, Unlettered/Un-numbered                       £3100.00   £3600.00
AST-109-2UK/R LNER Black, Unlettered/Un-numbered                              £3100.00   £3600.00
AST-109-3UK/R BR Black, Unlettered/Un-numbered                                  £3100.00   £3600.00
AST-109-4UK/R BR Green Unlettered/Un-numbered                                  £3100.00   £3600.00

Aster BR 5MT 4-6-0 – Order now – get 50% off a box of four RCH wagons                RTR

AST-107-GR BR 5MT 4-6-0 Green – RTR (ex-display model – UK RRP £4200.00)     £3900.00

Aster Mikados – Remaining stock – Order now – get a free 1:32 US freight car (worth £120.00)!

AST-103-0R Aster USRA Light Mikado – Undecorated RTR (UK RRP £4950.00)        £4500.00
AST-103-2R Aster USRA Light Mikado – Union Pacific RTR (UK RRP £4950.00)       £4500.00
AST-105-6R Aster USRA Heavy Mikado – Great Northern RTR (UK RRP £5500.00)  £4950.00

Gauge 1 K Class Pullman Cars – further news

The Gauge 1 Pullmans are based on the monocoque K-Type steel-sided stock introduced in the late 1920s. A total of 33 K-Type Pullman cars were built with the first batch of 20 cars destined for LNER and the newly branded Queen of Scots and West Riding Pullman trains in July 1928. A further nine first-class vehicles were supplied the following year for the GWR with the launch of the Torbay Pullman Limited and the Plymouth Ocean Liner Specials.

At the end of the short-lived GWR experiment, this set of Pullman cars was transferred to Southern metals for Southampton Ocean Liner Specials and the new Bournemouth Belle service which commenced operation on 8 July 1931. A further four third-class Pullman cars based on the 1928 designs were added to the Bournemouth Belle service. Up until WW2 Southampton Ocean Liner Specials were generally made up of three to four Pullman cars (without parlour brakes) together with an assortment of other Southern carriage stock and luggage vans.

By the early 1950s Pullman travel was de rigueur as many Southampton boat trains pulled into the newly completed Ocean Terminal consisting entirely of Pullman cars. Named after individual liners and their shipping lines, Cunard, United States Line, P&O, Union Castle, deluxe London travel connections extended from the ship to the rail head.

Gauge 1 Pullmans will be produced to echo the pre-nationalisation period of the 1930s and 40s and the BR era when new Pullman services were introduced.  Pullmans will be produced in standard umber and cream livery and come with grey roofs. The pre-nationalisation stock will incorporate the original Pullman emblem and third-class vehicle designation; they will look fabulous hauled by the new Aster P2 locomotive. The BR Pullmans will come with the new simplified Pullman insignia, revised lining, and car no. designation.

Pullman car ordering options:

  • First and third-class parlour cars
  • First and third-class kitchen cars and
  • Third-class parlour brakes.

In addition, we will consider producing a special range of Pullman Bar Cars if there is sufficient interest.

Only four of the original K-Type cars were ever built as third-class parlour brakes – none as first-class parlour brakes. However, six of the original K-Type third-class kitchen cars nos. 67-72 were later converted into parlour brake cars and these form an additional BR period Pullman brake offering. The rebuilt parlour brakes are different to the original set cars nos. 77-80 built for Queen of Scots’ running. The differences include revised roof layout at luggage end, smaller drop windows on either side of the guard’s luggage area, no roof brackets as carriage boards moved to the cantrail at brake car ends and revised light fitting above guard’s door. They were of a more modern appearance.

Whilst there was always a degree of fluidity over how Pullman cars were allocated to specific regions and services, named and numbered Pullman cars without suffixes largely operated on east coast routes with the Queen of Scots and West Riding Pullman etc.

All Pullman cars come in umber and cream livery with grey roofs.

Individual car price: £1,250
Pairs of Pullman brakes and two other cars £4,780
Orders of more than four vehicles are priced at £1,195 per car.

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