August office closure

Please note that the Accucraft (UK) office will be closed from Monday 20th August until Tuesday 28th August.

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Accucraft August News

Welcome to our August newsletter.  This month we bring two important news stories.  Firstly we have been appointed Aster-Accucraft dealers and secondly the production prototype of the WD Hunslet broke cover at this year’s very successful ‘Tracks to the Trenches’ event in July.

Accucraft (UK) Ltd, appointed Aster-Accucraft dealer

Accucraft UK, in association with Accucraft Trains, has a track record of producing high-quality British outline locomotives and rolling stock for the Gauge 1 market, as well as distributing the US range and the products of Accucraft (DE) and Accucraft (AUS) in the UK.  The acquisition of the Gauge 1 Model Company’s range further expanded the company’s commitment to 1:32 scale, bringing affordable, ready-to-run rolling stock to the market.

As a consequence of the new collaboration between Aster Hobby Co. Inc. (Japan) and Accucraft Trains (USA), we are delighted to announce that we have also been appointed Aster-Accucraft dealers for the UK, further enhancing the range of products we can offer our customers.  Aster Hobby needs no introduction, their locomotives are often regarded as the bench mark for 1:32 live steam and the recent release of a batch of 9Fs is the first co-operative project between Aster Hobby and Accucraft Trains. Aster’s experience and expertise in producing the finest kit models has been combined with Accucraft’s component manufacturing and production skills to produce the Aster-Accucraft BR 9F. Like all Aster models it was offered in both kit form and as a fully assembled, ready to run model and has been well-received by the Gauge 1 community.

We are pleased to say that Aster Hobbies (UK) has now joined the ranks of Accucraft dealers will now be able to offer its customers the Accucraft UK range as well.  Aster-Accucraft products will only be available direct from Accucraft (UK) Ltd. or Aster Hobbies (UK).

USRA Light Mikado 2-8-2

Due for release shortly will be an up-graded version of the Light Mikado.  The original Aster Light Mikado was produced in 1999 and was offered in a basic version with available upgrades (see the Accucraft US website for a list of new features that have been added to this new updated design). Production quantity will be limited to 60 units and it will be available in both unlettered and ‘road-named’ versions.  This is a powerful and easily constructed kit based on one of Aster Hobby Co’s most successful designs for the North American market.  The USRA Mikados are perfect to accompany the Accucraft US range of 1:32 rolling stock – please enquire about current availability.  You can find full details of the Aster-Accucraft Light Mikado here.

UK RRP to be £3550.00 for the kits and £4550.00 for the RTR, due late September.

BR Standard Class 5MT 4-6-0

The USRA light Mikado will be followed in October by a short re-run of the BR Standard class 5MT. This new version will now feature a high-sided BR 1C tender and will be available in both lined black and lined green liveries. Kits from Accucraft (UK) Ltd. will be unlettered and without emblem/crest for your choice (decals included). Ready to Run models will represent preserved No. 73096 in lined green and the Bluebell Railway’s No. 73082 Camelot in lined black.  Aster Hobby Co only made 170 units back in 2010 allowing for a further run; with the high-sided tender the model is perfect for representing the British Railways Southern Region ‘Arthurs’ which acquired the the names of scrapped Southern Railway N15 ‘King Arthurs’ (the Southern Region examples required high capacity tenders because of the lack of water troughs in the region).  The 5MT will be an ideal companion for the Accucraft UK range of Gauge 1 (1:32 scale) rolling stock.

UK RRP is expected to be kits at £3200.00 and RTR at £4200.00.

USRA Heavy Mikado 2-8-2

Finally, for the close of 2018 we anticipate the release of a batch of the new USRA heavy Mikado. This model will share many of the same improved features as the Light Mikado but with the larger boiler casing, larger smokebox and cab of the Heavy Mikado. Production quantity limited to 160 units.

BR 9F 2-10-0

There are still a few Aster-Accucraft BR 9Fs available, please enquire about availability.  The British Railways BR Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 was designed for British Railways by Robert Riddles for use on fast, heavy freight trains over long distances. The total number built was 251. The last of the class, 92220 ‘Evening Star’, was the final steam locomotive to be built by British Railways, in 1960. Withdrawals began in 1964, with the final locomotives removed from service in 1968. Several examples have survived into the preservation.

This is the first co-operative project between Aster Hobby Co. Inc. (Japan) and Accucraft Trains (USA). Aster’s experience and expertise in producing the finest kit models has been combined with Accucraft’s component manufacturing and production skills to produce the Aster-Accucraft BR 9F. This model is offered in both kit form and as a fully assembled, ready to run model. As a kit, the components are fully painted and detailed (according to the version offered), all machining is done, and the boiler is fully assembled and pressure tested.  You can find full details here.

Double debut at ‘Tracks to the Trenches’!

We managed to effect a ‘double debut’ at this year’s hugely successful ‘Tracks to the Trenches’ event at Apedale last month.  Alongside the War Department Locomotive Trust’s WD Hunslet No. 303 making its first public passenger carrying runs, we unveiled our own, 1:19 scale model of the class and were able to display the two together.  We are grateful to the WDLT for their assistance in creating the 16mm scale version and a percentage of the retail profit from the sale of these will be donated to the Trust.  The image shows Ian Hughes of the WDLT, Graham Langer (Accucraft UK) and No. 303 – both large and small!  A percentage of the retail profit from each UK sale will be donated to this locomotive, a greater percentage if ordered directly from us, Accucraft (UK) Ltd.  You can find full details of the model here but don’t delay ordering one, there are only a handful left available.

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Accucraft July News

Welcome to our July newsletter.  This month we bring you news of Ian and Sandy Pearse’s retirement from the business and plans for the company’s future as well as an update on the arrival of the Mk1 coaches and a final plug for ‘Tracks to the Trenches’.  We also list unsold sale items that were offered at our open day.

Ian & Sandy Pearse

After spending many of his formative years involved in the narrow gauge preservation scene, Ian Pearse has enjoyed nearly 40 years experience in garden railways, initially with Merlin Models and then Pearse Locomotives, the company founded in 1992 by Ian and his wife, Sandy. The couple sold the business to Mike Teece in 1997 when Ian acquired the trade agency for his area for Bachmann Europe but exposure to an Accucraft ‘Ruby’ led to the distribution of Accucraft products in the UK.  To facilitate this, Ian and Sandy started a new business in 2000, Marches Models, best known for supplying British narrow gauge live steam locomotives for gauges ‘O’ and ’1′.  Accucraft UK Ltd was formed in 2004 and quickly developed a strong relationship with Accucraft Trains in the USA.  Accucraft UK Ltd expanded to offer electrically-powered models and ready-to-run plastic rolling stock in 1:32, 1:20.3, 1:19 and 1:13.7 scales, significantly growing the range of large scale model railway goods available to the UK and worldwide market.

In 2015 the firm acquired the intellectual property, designs and tooling of the Gauge 1 Model Co. expanding the existing range of superb Gauge 1 rolling stock and adding to the fleet of locomotive designs.  The company is also the sole UK importer for the complete range of products manufactured by Accucraft Trains of the USA as well as the models made for Accucraft Australia (Argyle Models) and Accucraft Germany (MBV Schug).

In 2013 Graham Langer joined the company (having worked part-time for Ian for some years) allowing Ian and Sandy to take more of a back seat role, a process that continued when the business was moved to Herefordshire three years ago so that Graham could run the office full-time.  Now in their 65th year, both Ian and Sandy have decided to retire from the front-line business although both will remain directors of the company with Ian keeping a watching brief over design.  Graham Langer has been appointed managing director of Accucraft UK Ltd. as of 1st July.

Graham has been involved in small scale live steam most of his life (his father was a model engineer), joining the 16mm Association in 1977 when he acquired his first Archangel locomotive.  He has also been associated with the preservation movement, initially at the fledgling K&ESR from 1971 and then with the de Glehn compound, Nord 3.628, when she was based at Peterborough.  Drawn to mainline steam, Graham has been involved with The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust for nearly 20 years; part of the administration team for over 10 years, he is now a director and trustee of that organisation.

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Ian Pearse, Graham Langer, Sandy Pearse and Milo

Accucraft (UK) Ltd.

Ian and Sandy’s decision to retire coincides with a general re-structuring of the UK business.  With the acquisition of Aster’s production the factory has never been busier and in consequence, following the delivery of Trackshack’s IoM railcar, the company will no longer be undertaking any outside commission work, concentrating instead on expanding its own offerings and improving the range.  With the reduction in the number of garden railway retailers in the area we also took the decision to open the Pontrilas unit as a shop and now have a display area and test track available for anyone passing by (although a ‘phone call or email beforehand is wise).

Mk1 coaches

We are disappointed to say that the long-anticipated arrival of the next batch of Mk1 coaches has been delayed by a problem at Felixstowe.  Due to have reached us on 26th June, the vessel with the consignment has had to stand off in the North Sea while the terminal deals with a computer problem and the resultant chaos and backlog.  The latest ETA is 6th July which means we should have them with dealers w/c 9th July.  We apologise for this delay which was way beyond our control!

Full size and 1:19 scale debutants at Tracks to the Trenches!

It is our ambition to unveil our 1:19 scale model at Apedale at ‘Tracks to the Trenches’, allowing a direct comparison with the full size locomotive which will be making its first public appearance in steam.  Unfortunately the War Office Loco Trust’s Hunslet 4-6-0T was, very sadly, unable to participate in the Hunslet 125 weekend at the Ffestiniog Railway. As is often the case when dealing with vintage machinery, there just weren’t hours in the day to complete the loco.

However, the team restoring the locomotive is confident that the locomotive will be available to play an active role at ‘Tracks to the Trenches’ at Apedale, on July 13th – 15th. Barring major mechanical setbacks, the weekend will see the public debut of this iconic loco, and a chance for visitors to see four of the key British military locomotives of the First World War all in operation together for the first time (probably) since the 1920’s with authentic First World War rolling stock– the Hunslet 4-6-0T LR 303, the Greensand Museum Trust’s (10-12-D) Baldwin 4-6-0T  LR 778 from Leighton Buzzard, Kerr Stuart ‘Joffre’ 0-6-0T 3014 and the Apedale resident Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0WT loco LR 104. This is a spectacle that is unlikely to be repeated anywhere for many years!  You can find full details of the event here.

The photo shows the Hunslet nearing completion thanks to Joey Evans and War Office Loco Trust

Sale items still available

We had a great open day on 16th June and hope that all those who attended enjoyed themselves as well.  We still have some bargains left if you missed out so email us or ring us if you would like any of the following ‘open box’ items:

S19-19T L&B 2-6-2T ‘TAW’ SOUTHERN GREEN – £1450.00
S19-27BU W & L No. 14 2-6-2T – BLUE (RC FITTED) – £1700.00
S19-26R W & L No. 14 2-6-2T – RED (LAST ONE) – £1500.00
S19-26O W & L No. 14 2-6-2T – GOLDEN OCHRE – £1450.00
S19-1 WD BALDWIN 4-6-0T – BLACK (45MM GAUGE) – £1200.00
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
S32-14A KERR STUART ‘VICTORY’ 0-6-0T – GWR GREEN – £1075.00
S32-14C KERR STUART ‘VICTORY’ 0-6-0T – BLACK – £1075.00
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

B77-533 Decauville Type 1, 3-ton 0-4-0T Black – 1:13.7 (last one) – £1695.00
AL97-431 E-6 Pennsylvania 4-4-2 #1794, Green Lined, Alcohol Fired – £2750.00
AM54-016 Jackson & Sharp coaches, D&RGW Yellow Single Strip – £225.00 each
AM31-391 Wheel & Tie Car Red Unlettered – £120.00
AM2201-09 Box Car – D&RGW Flying Rio Grande Logo #3337 – £120.00

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Accucraft June News

Welcome to our June newsletter.  This is a final call for our forthcoming open day and sale and a reminder of our move to retailing at Pontrilas.  The delivery of the L&B Manning Wardles will be concluded this month and our stock is now all pre-sold to our dealers.  We are also issuing a ‘last call’ for the Australian C-36 4-6-2 and the Saxon Meyer 0-4-4-0T, both of which are now in production.

Accucraft Open Day & Clearance Sale – Pontrilas 16th June

Last call for the open day!  The format will be similar to last year to be held once again at Unit 4, Long Meadow Industrial Estate. We will have factory seconds, damaged items and test samples to sell. as well as many ‘end of line’ items. This stock will be offered for sale on a ‘first come, first served’ basis without prior reservation and will 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 and Blackcat Bridges among others.  We will be running Accucraft locomotives in 1:13.7, 1:19, 1:20.3 and 1:32 scales.  Opening times are 10:30hrs to 16:00hrs and there will be an on site café offering refreshments and light lunches.

Accucraft retail open for business!

Following the closure of Garden Railway Centres in Cheltenham, we have been made aware that many of you are struggling to find Accucraft products in the West Midlands and Welsh Marches.  In consequence we are delighted to say that we will be opening our unit in Pontrilas for retail sales.  Although our premises may not be ideal our location in the Welsh Marches is most picturesque and worth a drive out.  Please note that we keep office hours, 09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday and we are not open at the weekend (we will publish details of office closures on this website).  It is also worth ‘phoning/emailing us to check whether we have a specific item in stock before you visit us – 01981 241380 or info@accucraft.uk.com

Last call for the Accucraft (Aus) NSWGR C38

Production is underway of this one-time series – once they are sold, they are sold! 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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Last call for the 1:20.3 Scale Saxonian IV K 0-4-4-0T

These delightful Saxon Meyers are now in production and due for delivery in the next few weeks.  As a result of rising traffic levels in the late nineteenth century, the 750mm (2’ 6”) gauge Royal Saxon State Railways found their existing fleet of locomotives were struggling to cope.  In 1892 the network took delivery of the first of 96 Gunther-Meyer 0-4-4-0T compounds, destined to be the largest single class of narrow gauge locomotive in Germany.  They were so successful that they became the sole motive power on some lines, ably handling freight as well as passenger trains.

At the end of WW1 two were left in Hungary and three were given up in war reparations to Poland.  In 1925 the remaining engines were absorbed into the Deutsche Reichsbahn-Gesellschaft and allocated numbers in the ‘99’ series.  By the end of WW2 57 were still working and 20 of these survived long enough to go through the ‘reko’ programme to be fitted with welded boilers and, in some cases, welded frames.  By 1973 the older, unrebuilt locos had been withdrawn (three being preserved) while the ‘reko’ engines soldiered on for the Deutsche Reichsbahn in East Germany.  Remarkably nearly a quarter of the class, 22 examples, have been preserved, a living testament to the sound design of the originals.

The 1:20.3 Saxon IV K has been made for MBV SCHUG.  The total batch is only 60 units, 20 pieces in Saxon State Railways’ green and 40 in Reichsbahn black. The model comes fitted with the 6-channel spectrum DXe radio control for regulator reverser. The system is programmable via Smartphone and Tablet app.  The UK RRP is £4595.00

AL87-014R Saxon IV K 3Specifications:

Scale / gauge: 1: 20.3 / 45 mm
Length: 454 mm
Width: 104.1 mm (edge of the roof)
Height: 156.1 mm (chimney)
Minimum radius: 124.3 cm (LGB R3)
Weight: 5.89 kg
Cylinder lubrication: displacement lubricator in the cab
Control: factory fitted 2.4 GHz sector Intrum DXe RC system and HITEC HS-85 MG servos fitted
Boiler: Centre Flue, butane fired
Working Pressure: 60psi
Reversing Gear: Slide valves, Walschaerts valve gear
Boiler Fittings: Safety valve, pressure gauge, water gauge.
Cab Controls: Steam regulator, gas regulator, reverse lever, lubricator in cab

Versions available:

AL87-014 G RC Saxon IV K – live steam with factory fitted radio control
AL87-014R-RC Reichsbahn IV K No. 99 589 – live steam with factory fitted radio control

Yeo, Exe & Taw – last delivery in June

We will be delivering the last batch of Lynton & Barnstaple Manning Wardles to dealers during June.  We have now pre-sold all our stock to our dealers so make sure you don’t miss out!

1:32 C&O 3-Bay Open Hoppers nearly sold out!

These superb, long-awaited hopper wagons are now available, ideal companions to your Allegheny!  Available in both Chesapeake & Ohio or Virginian livery (plain black or red oxide to follow), the wagons can be bought singly or in packs of six.  UK RRP for individual cars £120.00 or a six pack at £660.00 including UK delivery and warranty.  However, the C&O version is almost entirely sold out and what remains are single cars so please call our Hereford office to check what’s still available to order.

AM32-600 C&O Hopper, No End Scatter Shields, Data Only, 6-car set – SOLD OUT

AM32-601 C&O Hopper, w/ End Scatter Shields, A) 105000 B) 105017 C) 105032 D) 105041 E) 105077 F) 105089, 6-car set – SOLD OUT
AM32-602 C&O Hopper, w/ End Scatter Shields, A) 105106 B) 105194 C) 105229 D) 105235 E) 105369 F) 105386, 6-car set – SOLD OUT
AM32-603 C&O Hopper, w/ End Scatter Shields, A) 105419 B) 105441 C) 105504 D) 105549 E) 105668 F) 105694, 6-car set – SOLD OUT
AM32-604 C&O Hopper, w/ End Scatter Shields, A) 105736 B) 105755 C) 105822 D) 105840 E) 105956 F) 105973, 6-car set – SOLD OUT
AM32-605A C&O 3-Bay Hopper w/ End Scatter Shields, Unnumbered – PRE-ORDER
AM32-606A 3-Bay Hopper w/o End Scatter Shields, Plain Black – PRE-ORDER
AM32-607A 3-Bay Hopper w/o End Scatter Shields, Red Oxide, Unlettered – PRE-ORDER
AM32-630A Virginian 3-Bay Hopper w/o End Scatter Shields A) #7522 B) #7580 C) #7741 D) #7777 E) #7863 F) #7921 – PRE-ORDER

Tracks to the Trenches – Apedale Railway 13th – 15th July

The “Tracks to the Trenches” 2018 event marks the finalé of the Moseley Railway Trust’s First World War centenary commemorations – highlighting the tremendous expansion of the British light railways, which were used right up until the Armistice in 1918.

In 2014 and 2016 the Apedale Valley Light Railway hosted major First World War centenary events – marking 100 years since the start of the “War to end all Wars”. These highly acclaimed centenary events focused on the often overlooked areas of Transport and Logistics used by all combatants during the conflict. This was the narrow gauge light railways’ finest hour.  You can find full details here.  This will be the first chance many folk have to see a working WD Hunslet 4-6-0T both full size (No. 1215) and 16mm scale (Accucraft!).

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Accucraft (UK) Ltd and GDPR compliance

You will no doubt be aware that the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) needs to be in place by the 25th of May 2018. It is therefore our duty to inform you as a customer of Accucraft (UK) Ltd or a subscriber to our website newsletter that, with your permission, we will continue to hold details of your name, address, phone numbers, email address as appropriate.  We can confirm that we will not transfer any of your details to a 3rd party without your consent.

If you would like to see our privacy policy, it can be viewed here.

If you wish to contact us regarding GDPR or any other aspects of the business please email info@accucraft.uk.com or call us on 01981 241380, if we do not hear from you by the 25th of May then we will assume that constitutes your acceptance for us to keep these records on file.

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Accucraft May News

Welcome to our May newsletter.  This month we bring you news of our forthcoming open day and sale, our move to retailing at Pontrilas, the arrival of the L&B Manning Wardles, a preview of the new Mk1 coaches, 7/8ths” Decauvilles back again and the super new U.S. 3 Bay Hopper cars.

Accucraft Open Day & Clearance Sale – Pontrilas 16th June

Following the success of last year’s open day and sale we have decided to run one again this year with an emphasis on clearing out old stock lines to make room for new inventory.  The format will be much the same, once again at Unit 4, Long Meadow Industrial Estate. We will have factory seconds, damaged items and test samples to sell. as well as many ‘end of line’ items. This stock will be offered for sale on a ‘first come, first served’ basis without prior reservation and will 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 and Blackcat Bridges among others.  We will be running Accucraft locomotives in 1:13.7, 1:19, 1:20.3 and 1:32 scales.  Opening times are 10:30hrs to 16:00hrs and there will be an on site café offering refreshments and light lunches.

Accucraft retail open for business!

Following the closure of Garden Railway Centres in Cheltenham, we have been made aware that many of you are struggling to find Accucraft products in the West Midlands and Welsh Marches.  In consequence we are delighted to say that we will be opening our unit in Pontrilas for retail sales.  Although our premises may not be ideal our location in the Welsh Marches is most picturesque and worth a drive out.  Please note that we keep office hours, 09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday and we are not open at the weekend (we will publish details of office closures on this website).  It is also worth ‘phoning/emailing us to check whether we have a specific item in stock before you visit us – 01981 241380 or info@accucraft.uk.com

National Garden Railway Show

It was good to see so many of you at Peterborough this year.  We were delighted to be joined by Bing and Channing Cheng from Accucraft (US) who enjoyed talking to people about the stunning 1:20.3 C-25 we were displaying on our stand.

Yeo, Exe & Taw due in May

We will be delivering the Lynton & Barnstaple Manning Wardles to dealers in two lots during May.  From our own records we only have a handful that are not pre-sold so be sure you have one on order if you’d like one!

Two new Mk1 coaches unveiled at Peterborough

At the National Garden Railway Show we were able to unveil the first samples of the new Mk1 coaches, the FK (First Corridor) and the SO (Second Open), both of which were received with enthusiasm. The coaches will, in future, be fitted with Accucraft’s new buckeye coupling with pin release mechanism.  All the Mk1 will be back in stock at your local dealer in June, still at the amazing price of just £250.00 each!

7/8ths” Decauvilles available again!

We have a limited number of red and black Decauvilles now available.  These new models have been retro-fitted with the under-cab gas tanks and new, larger burners.  Each locomotive has been tested following the work to fit the tank and are only obtainable direct from us at the original UK RRP of £1695.00

1:32 C&O 3-Bay Open Hoppers now available

These superb, long-awaited hopper wagons are now available, ideal companions to your Allegheny!  Available in both Chesapeake & Ohio or Virginian livery (plain black or red oxide to follow), the wagons can be bought singly or in packs of six.  UK RRP for individual cars £120.00 or a six pack at £660.00 including UK delivery and warranty.  Call our Hereford office to order some now!

AM32-600 C&O Hopper, No End Scatter Shields, Data Only, 6-car set

AM32-601 C&O Hopper, w/ End Scatter Shields, A) 105000 B) 105017 C) 105032 D) 105041 E) 105077 F) 105089, 6-car set
AM32-602 C&O Hopper, w/ End Scatter Shields, A) 105106 B) 105194 C) 105229 D) 105235 E) 105369 F) 105386, 6-car set
AM32-603 C&O Hopper, w/ End Scatter Shields, A) 105419 B) 105441 C) 105504 D) 105549 E) 105668 F) 105694, 6-car set
AM32-604 C&O Hopper, w/ End Scatter Shields, A) 105736 B) 105755 C) 105822 D) 105840 E) 105956 F) 105973, 6-car set

Tracks to the Trenches – Apedale Railway 13th – 15th July

The “Tracks to the Trenches” 2018 event marks the finalé of the Moseley Railway Trust’s First World War centenary commemorations – highlighting the tremendous expansion of the British light railways, which were used right up until the Armistice in 1918.

In 2014 and 2016 the Apedale Valley Light Railway hosted major First World War centenary events – marking 100 years since the start of the “War to end all Wars”. These highly acclaimed centenary events focused on the often overlooked areas of Transport and Logistics used by all combatants during the conflict. This was the narrow gauge light railways’ finest hour.  You can find full details here.  This will be the first chance many folk have to see a working WD Hunslet 4-6-0T both full size (No. 1215) and 16mm scale (Accucraft!).

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Accucraft April News

It’s show time!  We ‘d like to share some of the dates when we are attending shows this year with you, including our own open day and clearance sale on 16th June.  It’s hard to believe that Large Scale Model Rail has already been and gone (and what a memorable weekend that was!) but we hope to see as many of you as possible at shows around the country during the rest of 2018.

The National Garden Railway Show – Peterborough 7th April

Probably the biggest and best event of its kind in the UK. Raffle, competitions, junior activities, member to member sales, landmarks display. You can find full details here.

Accucraft Open Day & Clearance Sale – Pontrilas 16th June

Following the success of last year’s open day and sale we have decided to run one again this year with an emphasis on clearing out old stock lines to make room for new inventory.  The format will be much the same, once again at Unit 4, Long Meadow Industrial Estate. We will have factory seconds, damaged items and test samples to sell. as well as many ‘end of line’ items. This stock will be offered for sale on a ‘first come, first served’ basis without prior reservation and will 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 and Blackcat Bridges among others.  We will be running Accucraft locomotives in 1:13.7, 1:19, 1:20.3 and 1:32 scales.  Opening times are 10:30hrs to 16:00hrs and there will be an on site café offering refreshments and light lunches.

Tracks to the Trenches – Apedale Railway 13th – 15th July

The “Tracks to the Trenches” 2018 event marks the finalé of the Moseley Railway Trust’s First World War centenary commemorations – highlighting the tremendous expansion of the British light railways, which were used right up until the Armistice in 1918.

In 2014 and 2016 the Apedale Valley Light Railway hosted major First World War centenary events – marking 100 years since the start of the “War to end all Wars”. These highly acclaimed centenary events focused on the often overlooked areas of Transport and Logistics used by all combatants during the conflict. This was the narrow gauge light railways’ finest hour.  You can find full details here.  This will be the first chance many folk have to see a working WD Hunslet 4-6-0T both full size (No. 1215) and 16mm scale (Accucraft!).

Llanfair Garden Railway Show – Llanfair Caerenion 1st – 2nd September

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 2019.  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.  You can find more details here.

 

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The last Heisler!

We have reserved the last Heisler!  If any of you ‘gearheads’ out would like one this is your last chance!  What is more, it comes with two free logging cars for just £2,995.00!  Contact our office as soon as you can if you don’t want to miss out.

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Accucraft March News

Even though it is March, Spring seems a long way off!  No matter, the show season is here and we will be attending Large Scale Model Rail this weekend and the National Garden Railway Show in April – we look forward to seeing you at one or the other or both!

The ‘E’ Vans have landed!

We are delighted to say that the ‘E’ Vans have arrived and been sent to our dealers.  The ‘E’ vans were four-wheeled brake and luggage vans fitted with lookout duckets, but otherwise entirely sealed with only two drop-sash windows at the guard’s door. None of these vans survive today, and they were effectively made redundant when later passenger coaches had their own braking systems. The Manx Northern Railway owned a pair of similar vans for use with the ‘N’ class carriages, but these seem to have been replaced in the 1890s and then used for goods traffic until they were scrapped in the 1920.

The roof is removable if required for customers to install their own interior detail, for example, or lighting.  An additional set of 32mm wheels is also provided.  Although the models are 1:20.3 scale they look well with 1:19 scale equipment and are probably larger than the equivalent scale models of Talyllyn coaches!  You can see full details and more images here.  UK RRP £80.00.

1:32 C&O 3-Bay Open Hoppers now available

These superb, long-awaited hopper wagons are now available, ideal companions to your Allegheny!  Available in both Chesapeake & Ohio or Virginian livery (plain black or red oxide to follow), the wagons can be bought singly or in packs of six.  UK RRP for individual cars £120.00 or a six pack at £660.00 including UK delivery and warranty.  Call our Hereford office to order some now!

AM32-600 C&O Hopper, No End Scatter Shields, Data Only, 6-car set

AM32-601 C&O Hopper, w/ End Scatter Shields, A) 105000 B) 105017 C) 105032 D) 105041 E) 105077 F) 105089, 6-car set
AM32-602 C&O Hopper, w/ End Scatter Shields, A) 105106 B) 105194 C) 105229 D) 105235 E) 105369 F) 105386, 6-car set
AM32-603 C&O Hopper, w/ End Scatter Shields, A) 105419 B) 105441 C) 105504 D) 105549 E) 105668 F) 105694, 6-car set
AM32-604 C&O Hopper, w/ End Scatter Shields, A) 105736 B) 105755 C) 105822 D) 105840 E) 105956 F) 105973, 6-car set

Accucraft U.S. special offers

AL97-082 Royal Hudson #2860 “as it is today” Butane Fired + 2 Free CP Coaches  £3995.00

AL97-083A Royal Hudson #2860 “as it ran in service” Alcohol Fired + 2 Free CP Coaches  £3995.00

AL97-371 N&W J-class #611 4-8-4, Alcohol Fired – last ones available!  £5950.00

AL97-371 N&W J-class #611 4-8-4, Alcohol Fired + N&W 6 car set  £7500.00

AL87-121C D&RGW C-25 #375 Black FRG, Coal Fired + 1 Free J&S Coach (yellow)  £5250.00

AL87-122C D&RGW C-25 #375 Green, Moffat, Coal Fired + 1 Free J&S Coach (yellow)  £5250.00

AL87-120B D&RGW C-25 Unlettered, Black, Butane/Ceramic + 1 Free J&S Coach (yellow)  £5250.00

AL87-121B D&RGW C-25 #375 Black FRG, Butane/Ceramic + 1 Free J&S Coach (yellow)  £5250.00

AL87-122B D&RGW C-25 #375 Green Moffat, Butane/Ceramic + 1 Free J&S Coach (yellow)  £5250.00

AL87-760 Heisler WSL #3, Live Steam (last one!) + 2 Free Short Logging Cars  £3150.00

AC77-217 Shay 28T Class B, Oil Burning Bunker + 2 Free Logging Disconnect Cars  £2499.00

AC77-218 Shay 28T Class B, Coal Burning Bunker + 2 Free Logging Disconnect Cars  £2499.00

AC77-411 Mogul 2-6-0 Nevada Shortline #1, Live Steam + 2 Free Box Cars  £2199.00

AL98-201 M-6 2-6-0 SP, Unlettered, Electric + 6 Free AAR Box Cars  £2395.00

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Accucraft February News

Victory!  As we start 2018, the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War One, what could be more appropriate than to commemorate it with the Railways Operating Division ‘Victory’?  The initial delivery of these outstanding little Gauge 1 locomotives has now been made to dealer and we only have a handful left.

1:32 Kerr Stuart ‘Victory’ 0-6-0T

Although the class only amounted to ten members, the Kerr Stuart ‘Victory’ class ended up scattered about Britain following their disposal by the R.O.D. at the end of World War 1.  Built in 1917 for the Inland Waterways & Docks Department the majority saw service at various southern ports and were intended to be operated in France if required.  Substantial boilers and large cylinders ensured they had plenty of ‘grunt’ for lifting boat trains off the quay and made them ideal candidates for industrial use after the end of hostilities.

East Kent No. 4 anyone?  Kent Garden Railways can help!

Andy Cottenham at Kent Garden Railways has commissioned a small number of twin safety valve ‘Victories’ in Ashford green, allowing the purchaser to finish the locomotive as East Kent Railway No.4 (which carried at least two lining designs while on that railway) or even as a Southern Railway locomotive.  To accompany this variation Andy has also asked for a run of our RCH wagons in Tilmanstone Colliery livery – the mine was served by the EKR.  Both these versions will be available with the next run of their respective models later this year.  To make a reservation or express an interest, contact Kent Garden Railways.

More 1:32 Scale RCH Private Owner wagons

While on the subject of private owner wagons, we are pleased to announce that we will be increasing the range of our RCH wagons with the addition of those belonging to The Oldham Corporation Gas Department and Hereford Coal company as well as re-running ‘Oxcroft’ with the next batch.  Contact your local retailer to make a reservation for these colourful wagons.

1:32 Scale British Railways 16 ton mineral wagons

We understand that initial deliveries of the Aster/Accucraft 9F are now taking place and from all accounts they are being very well received.  However, we don’t want your newly acquired 2-10-0 to feel lonely, so how about a nice long rake of 16 ton mineral wagons to accompany it?  These steel bodied wagons formed the backbone of the ‘Windcutters’ operated with such success on the Great Central main line in British Railways days and our models are available from your local retailer now.

 

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