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.

‘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.

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

Live Steam

Accucraft 1:20.3 scale K28 live steam (butane) + four Accucraft San Juan coaches – £7000.00

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 Absorbed by the GWR in 1923 it was numbered it 1198, but it was withdrawn and scrapped the following year, having never carried its GWR number.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.

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.