LIVE STEAM B4 0-4-0T IN 1:32 SCALE
Hot on the heels of our recently announced 1:32 Scale A3 4-6-2, we are happy to say we will also be producing a live steam 0-4-0 tank engine based on the L&SWR B4 Class, in particular No. 30089 Trouville which had a reasonably ‘normal’ cab. Talk about dignity and impudence! Intended as an “entry level” loco in Gauge 1, the model will be gas-fired and have all the features you would expect from an Accucraft locomotive. The chassis is constructed from stainless steel. Boiler and cab are constructed from etched brass. Like other fine scale models from Accucraft, it will provide many years of enjoyment. The target RRP will be £800.00 and a power unit only version will be available for £695.00.
An initial batch of twenty locomotives were designed by William Adams for the London & South Western Railway and constructed at Nine Elms between 1891 and 1893. These small but powerful engines were intended for shunting in restricted sidings with tight curves and were deployed in such locations as Southampton Docks, the Hamworthy freight branch and Poole Quay. Drummond added five similar locos to the class in 1905 although assorted rebuilds saw a great many variations in cab design and boiler fittings. Because of their work in the docks, twelve acquired names from locations along the French channel coast. After a long career with the L&SWR, Southern Railway and BR, some were sold into industrial use and two have been preserved, Normandy on the Bluebell Railway and Granville at Bressingham.