Accucraft/Aster Hobby UK is the country’s premier supplier of small scale live steam locomotives and the sole agent for Aster, Accucraft US and J&M Coaches in the UK.
New for 2022! ‘Cranmore’ type Peckett 0-4-0ST in 1:19 Scale
Much encouraged by the good reception of our Quarry Hunslet and the almost complete sell-out of those little locomotives, we are delighted to announce our next ‘small’ 16mm Scale engine, the delightfully proportioned ‘Cranmore’ type Peckett 0-4-0ST. Peckett & Sons of Bristol had long been renowned for producing industrial tank engines, many of them small saddle tanks, and the ‘Cranmore’ type had its origins in an 0-4-0 saddle tank version of the special 7×10” cylinder design, Works No.1030 of 1904 Gamecock which would be later be referred to as a ‘Cranmore Class’. The order was placed by the Mendip Granite & Ashphalte Co. for its 2’ gauge line connecting the quarry to Cranmore Station on the GWR and after its career there it was scrapped, although it is not known when. Small numbers of this type continued to be built, mainly for export and one (Works No. 1711 of 1926) was bought by the Metropolitan Gas Co., Melbourne, Australia, named Sir John Grice in 1928. Withdrawn in 1941 it was sold in 1962, joining the Whistle Stop Amusement Park, Frankston in 1965. The 2’ 6” gauge locomotive later moved to the Puffing Billy Railway in 1974 as a static exhibit but restoration started in 1978 and it was returned to service in 1981 painted light green with yellow lining.
The model is gauge-adjustable (32mm and 45mm), gas-fired and fitted with a water top up valve (hidden under the tank filler), 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. As ever, we’d like to thank David Fletcher for his superb drawings, illustrating the livery options. 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. Specifications:
Scale: 16mm to 1 foot (1:19)
Gauge: 32mm or 45mm (adjustable)
Boiler: Centre Flue
Working Pressure: 60psi
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 gauge with blow-down valve
Cab Controls: Steam regulator, gas regulator, reverse lever, lubricator
Sir John Grice nameplates (supplied loose)
Colours available, subject to production batch:
S19-38A Cranmore Peckett 0-4-0ST in Lined Light Green (Sir John Grice)
S19-38B Cranmore Peckett 0-4-0ST in Lined Dark Green
S19-38C Cranmore Peckett 0-4-0ST in Lined Maroon
S19-38D Cranmore Peckett 0-4-0ST in Lined Blue
S19-38E Cranmore Peckett 0-4-0ST in Plain Black
GWR 43XX 2-6-0 sample
The GWR 43XX 2-6-0 ‘Moguls’ were a product of Churchward’s standardisation policy at Swindon and owe their origin to the ‘family’ of locomotives he developed at the beginning of the 20th century. The class was built in a series of batches from 1911 until 1923 with Collett adding further examples (with a side-window cab) between 1925 and 1932 and in total 342 of these useful mixed traffic locomotives were built, they were at home with passenger trains at 60mph as as with moderately heavy goods trains. The class served all over the Great Western and operated to destinations as diverse as Tonbridge, Andover and Liverpool and 11 examples from the 53XX series were sent to France to serve with the Railways Operating Division (ROD) during WW1. During the 1930s class members were withdrawn and their wheels and motion parts used to create the ‘Manors’ and ‘Granges’, a process interrupted by WW2 after which British Railways started to scrap the entire class, the last examples being withdrawn in 1964. Luckily two survived, No. 5322, now at Didcot Railway Centre, and Collett example No. 9303 at the Severn Valley Railway.
The model is built to1:32 scale for 45mm gauge track, gas-fired with a single flue boiler. Built to a similar formula as our very successful 61XX 2-6-2T, the chassis is constructed from stainless steel, the wheels are un-insulated. The boiler is copper, the cab and bodywork are constructed from etched brass. The gas tank is in a water bath in the tender. The model will run round 4′ 6″ radius curves and we are aware that there were a large number of livery variations among members of the class and will therefore be offering the variants subject to order volume. We’d like to thank David Fletcher for the marvellous drawings he has produced of this useful locomotive. You can see full details here. UK RRP £2500.00, fully lined BR versions £2595.00.
Coronavirus / Covid-19 update
Following the government’s advice, we are taking measures to protect our staff and our customers. The office is no longer open to customers and we may be working reduced hours. We will be monitoring emails and the telephone, responding as quickly as we can. Having discussed the necessary protocols with our couriers we will be maintaining our delivery service.
Spare parts will still be available but may be subject to delay. Again, if you need Accucraft or Aster spares please email us.
We hope that you all stay safe and well and derive some solace from your railway modelling activities – don’t forget that we have Aster LNER B1, BR 5MT and US Light Mikado kits in stock for those of you suffering terminal boredom!
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 recent collaboration between Aster Hobby Co. Inc. (Japan) and Accucraft Trains (USA), we were appointed the sole Aster agent and distributor 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 release of a batch of 9Fs was 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 a new range of 1:32 scale locomotives. Accucraft UK is now the source of spare parts for older Aster locomotives (as long as Japan has the component in its inventory) and Aster products will only be available direct from Accucraft (UK) Ltd.
After much consideration we have decided that the only way we can continue to serve the Gauge 1 market is to sell 1:32 scale locomotives direct. This has not been an easy decision but it has been forced on us by new entrants in the market (models which are being sold direct into the UK by their importers) which have under-mined our ability to sell through our dealer network. All future Accucraft 1:32 locomotives will only be available direct from us although our dealers will be happy to continue to supply you with our range of rolling stock.
For all warranty repairs, please contact your RETAILER in the first instance. Your retailer will contact us and we will then arrange for the item to be collected by our couriers. Please do not contact any of our service agents direct on warranty matters as all have to be processed through our system before being actioned.
Warranty registration cards must be returned to us as soon as possible after purchase, including those for U.S., Schug or Argyle models. Please note that we do not offer a warranty service for Accucraft models purchased outside the UK, only for those bought through our UK dealer network. If, for any reason, you have a locomotive bought this way it would have to be returned to the original dealer for warranty repairs. Similarly UK warranty cover does not cover the cost of delivery to or from countries other than the UK if the goods have been supplied by a UK dealer (apart from ourselves).
To make shipping easier in the event of your locomotive having to be sent for service, please retain ALL original packaging. We do not carry spare boxes in stock to return your model to you. If improperly packed to be sent to us, we cannot be responsible for any damage. We will consider the warranty of any loco returned to us without the original packaging invalid and will charge for any additional packaging required to ensure its safe return. If the model is fitted with radio control it is essential that the transmitter is sent with the model.
Please note that following our move of office we are no longer able to receive visitors but we will continue to supply direct sales by courier. All our prices include UK carriage for orders over £100.00.
You can order the Accucraft US range through us as well. The full listing of Accucraft (US) stock is available below – items may have to be shipped from California with a lead time of four to six weeks. Accucraft (US) manufactures a range of equipment using 1:13.7 scale for U.S. 2′ gauge items, 1:20.3 scale for American 3′ gauge stock and 1:32 scale for standard gauge prototypes. The availability of the U.S. range can be checked on the Accucraft eStore. Currently the sterling price (including VAT) is a direct conversion for the US dollar price shown on the eStore – change the $ sign for a £ and you have the UK price!
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Accucraft (UK) Ltd.
Accucraft UK Ltd was formed in 2004 by Ian and Sandy Pearse. Ian has over 40 years experience in garden railways and a strong development relationship with Accucraft Trains. The company incorporated their former business Marches Models, best known for supplying British narrow gauge live steam locomotives for gauges ‘O’ and ’1′. Accucraft UK Ltd has significantly expanded the range of large scale model railway goods available to the UK and worldwide market, offering customers electrically powered models and ready to run plastic rolling stock in 1:32, 1:20.3 and 1:19 scales and will continue to build on this. Graham Langer joined the company in 2010, becoming Managing Director in 2018 as Ian stepped back from the day-to-day running of the firm. Graham also has over 40 years experience building and running garden railways and live steam locomotives and is a director of the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust.
As well as manufacturing our own range of model products we are the sole UK agents for the complete range of products manufactured by Accucraft Trains of the USA and Aster Hobby of Japan. We also distribute the models made for Accucraft Australia (Argyle Models) and Accucraft Germany (MBV Schug). In 2015 the firm acquired the intellectual property, designs and tooling of the Gauge 1 Model Co. range and has further expanded the existing range of superb Gauge 1 rolling stock.
Accucraft models are designed to reproduce the prototype as accurately as possible and built to give a lifetime of pleasure in their operation, bringing the joy of affordable live steam to many for the first time. A lot of our early locomotives are still in steam today, proving that they were a worthwhile investment for those who choose Accucraft.
Accucraft UK Ltd also supply to the trade, therefore to find your nearest supplier click on the dealer list section.