Welcome to Accucraft UK

Accucraft UK is the country’s premier supplier of small scale live steam locomotives and the sole agent for Accucraft US and J&M Coaches in the UK.

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  During the 1930s class members were withdrawn and their wheels and motion parts used to create the ‘Manors’ and ‘Granges’, a process interrupted by WW2 after which British Railways started to scrap the entire class, the last examples being withdrawn in 1964.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.

Office hours, etc.

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.  Office house are normally 10:00am until 17:00pm.

Aster spare parts will still be available but may be subject to delay.  Again, if you need spares please email us.

Warranty repairs

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.

Private Sales

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!

We accept most major credit and debit cards, cash and BACS payments.  We DO NOT accept PayPal payments in any form. We do not take deposits!

‘The Clearing House’

We often get requests for items that are discontinued and similarly get offered items 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 Aster locomotives and rolling stock find good homes.  Please contact us by ‘phone or email to discuss your requirements.  You can see some of the latest offerings here.

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.  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.