Mid October update – ‘Lew’

We are happy to reveal some images of the pre-production engineering sample of ‘Lew’, however, there are some small changes still needed to ensure the final result is perfect but these shots should show what a handsome beast she’s going to be.  The full specification can be seen here.

The leading and trailing wheel-sets have removable blanking plates for those with large radii curves

The model features working cylinder drain cocks

The fully working Joy valve gear is, well, a ‘joy’ to behold!

Just the right amount of rivet detail too!


Accucraft (US) are just about to put this model into production, with delivery expected early next year. This superbly detailed and articulated model is completely constructed with brass and stainless steel. An American made Pittman motor powers the middle truck with a reliable die cast metal gear box. The model is finished with museum quality paint finish and lettering.   AC78-138 is the only Goose likely to appear for many months; only a few remain unsold at a bargain RRP of £565.00 so make sure you reserve yours now!

In the 1930′s, Colorado’s famous Rio Grande Southern Railroad introduced the “Galloping Goose”, a curious combination of Pierce-Arrow automobile parts and a mechanic’s imagination that could carry passengers, freight and mail with a one man crew. The “Galloping Goose” provided the Rio Grande Southern Railroad with real operating economy allowing the railroad to operate for another twenty years while endearing itself to generations of railfans and tourists.



Accucraft are about to release these attractive 3’ gauge 2-8-2’s in 1:20.3 scale.  Nestling among the Allegheny Mountains in south central Pennsylvania, the East Broad Top railroad was founded in 1856 to tap into the vast coal fields located on Broad Top Mountain, the EBT dutifully carried coal to fuel the booming iron furnaces located in Rockhill Furnace, PA. The East Broad Top was abandoned in April 1956 and the future looked grim. However, in the summer of 1960, the railroad was resurrected during the Bicentennial of the twin boroughs of Orbisonia and Rockhill Furnace, the home operating base of the East Broad Top. No. 12 was the first loco to enter the preserved EBT’s roster.  Built by Baldwin in 1911 she was capable of hauling up to fifteen loaded coal hoppers.  The full specification of the Accucraft model can be seen here.  The live steam version of the model carries an RRP of £3430.00 – don’t miss out!

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8 Responses to Mid October update – ‘Lew’

  1. Gareth Jones says:

    Re Lynton and Barnstaple. First of all, well done Ian, it certainly looks the part. Can I start a register of interest to have the model produced in Lined Black black as FR/WHR Lyd? Gareth Jones, Hope Mountain Railway.

  2. Lynmouth And Barnacle Bay Railway says:

    Wonderful news and superb photo’s of the pre-production model. I have had the loco and carriages reserved since the summer and can’t wait. Its been a long time coming and from your photo’s and information, well worth the wait. As I have a Pearse L&B I was wondering if the loco will come with a choice of names and No’s as an option for individual lines? Many thanks. Charlie R.

    • Accucraft UK Ltd says:

      We are initially producing just the Southern green version of No. 188 ‘Lew’ because that is the loco the model is based on. The older L & B engines were built to a slightly different design. ‘Lew’ only ever appeared in S.R. green – do you think we should offer her in, say, plain, unlettered black?

      • twofootcal says:

        Great Pictures of the new “Lew”. I would like to request also the loco be provided without the Southern name as I have my own railway name that I would like to apply. otherwise the color and lining is fantastic as is. I have a reservation of the first order but would like to receive it without the lettering.

        • Accucraft UK Ltd says:

          The first batch will be produced in the one version, as ‘Lew’ with ‘SOUTHERN’ in full. This was the only livery the loco ever carried in service on the L & B.

  3. John Angell says:

    Lew without nameplates and in plain unlettered black would be good.
    Similarly, as the initial version but without “Southern” or nameplates.
    John A.

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