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.
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Coronavirus / Covid-19 update
Following the government’s advice, we are taking measures to protect our staff and our customers. The office is open to customers (subject to the usual advice about masks) but 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 still have Aster 5MT and Light Mikado kits in stock for those of you suffering terminal boredom!
L&SWR Radial Tank 4-4-2Ts and kits now in stock!
Three little maids from school are we! Radial tanks in operation on Peter Spoerer’s line in Norfolk.
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 have been 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.
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 have opened 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Please note that due to our attendance at shows the office is often closed on a Friday.
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!
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.