Accucraft April News

This month we have news of the power unit competition and announce the start of a new one for 2012/13 to include entries in a class dedicated to out new gauge 1 B4 power unit, interesting news from Garden Railway Centres and Anything Narrow Gauge.  We are delighted to announce the winners of our 2011/12 Accucraft Power Unit Competition, judged by none other than Tag Gorton (all complaints, therefore, to him!):

First place was given to Sandy Cowan’s delightful take on the Darjeeling Railway, “Chai Wallah” in 7/8ths scale:

In second place was Geoff Ellis’ lovely “Hawaiian #7” based on a Lawley chassis:

And finally, in a worthy third place, was Nigel Town’s impressive Ceylon Garratt:

Sandy receives his prize (another power unit!) from Tag Gorton

We are now taking entries for the 2012/13 competition, the rules for which can be seen here ACCUCRAFT POWER UNIT COMPETITION 2013 as a ‘Word’ document or here ACCUCRAFT POWER UNIT COMPETITION 2013 as a PDF file.  We will also be accepting Gauge 1 entries using our new B4 power unit!

Garden Railway Centres Friday running sessions

Every Friday from 13th April until 28th September GRC will be having open running sessions on both their layouts.  They have a large 45mm layout which is essentially American narrow gauge but could, with a little imagination, become any mountain railway you want. Because this is a very long line it is only practical to run battery powered or live steam locos preferably radio controlled.  They have also just built a 32mm layout with a scale model of Lynton station from the Lynton & Barnstaple railway. This line is level so manual live steam or battery powered locos can be run.  Customers are welcome to bring their own items to run but are equally welcome to come and see others running. Numbers are limited so please telephone first.

Please see the GRC website or call for conditions which apply.

Garden Railway Centres, Capel Orchard, Capel Lane, London Road, Cheltenham, GL52 6UZ
Tel: 01242 519770 E-Mail:  Web:

Anything Narrow Gauge has a website!

Since re-locating his business to the wilds of Exmoor, Simon Whenmouth has been building his business up, recently acquiring PPS Steam Models and launching a new website here

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