Accucraft January News

We’d like to wish you all a very Happy New Year.  2014 promises to be another exciting year for Accucraft.  We will continue to develop new models for 1:19 and 1:20.3 scales and will be announcing further products as the year progresses; in addition we will be consolidating our position as UK market leaders in 1:32 and 7/8ths” scales following our move into these scales with live steam models last year.  Changes in production scheduling will also mean that we should be able to significantly reduce the time between product announcement and delivery, we are aiming to ensure that the process takes less than twelve months.  Meanwhile we are pleased to announce the following models for 2014.

1:32 Scale LMS/BR Black 5 4-6-0

As can be seen from the drawing, we have made major revisions to this model (compared to the electric one) and will be offering the L.M.S. version as No. 5451 (S32-5), the BR early emblem version as No. 45237 (S32-6) and the late crest British Railways version as No. 45274 (S32-7) for a UK RRP of £2250.00.  Full details can be found on the website.

1:20.3 Scale Isle of Man 2-4-0T ‘Mannin’

Work is well advanced on our Isle of Man offering for 2014, ‘Mannin’. It will be available as a live steam loco two livery options, Indian Red (S20-1R) and Holly Green (S20-1G) with a target UK RRP of £1600.00.  We will also be producing a batch of electric locos, available in Indian Red (E20-7R) and Holly Green (E20-7G) with a target RRP of £1375.00.  Full details can be found on the website.

1:19 Scale Welshpool & Llanfair Hunslet 2-6-2T No. 14

Welshpool & Llanfair No. 14 – Stephen Fulljames

Our main model for 16mm Scale in 2014 will be Hunslet 2-6-2T No. from the W & L.  Originally built for the Sierra Leone Government Railway in 1954 and numbered 85, the prototype was brought back to this country in 1975.  The model will be 32 / 45mm gauge adjustable, gas-fired with full valve gear.  We are planning to make the locomotive available in a number of liveries and will be releasing full details on the website in due course.  The target UK RRP will be £1700.00.

1:13.7 Scale Bagnall 0-4-0ST

Building on the success of our 7/8ths” scale Quarry Hunslet we are aiming to produce another ‘small’ loco which would be hard to make in 16mm scale.  For 2014 we have chosen another iconic industrial engine, this time the classic Bagnall saddle tank as epitomised by Teddy Boston’s ‘Pixie’.  We will be modelling the slightly larger version exemplified by Alan Keef’s ‘Woto’ (illustrated) and our model will only be available in 45mm gauge.  Full details will appear on the website but we anticipate the model carrying a UK RRP of £1100.00.

Image from Wiki Commons

‘Ragleth’ refreshed

In order to facilitate the easier fitting of twin-channel radio control, we have decided to modify the ‘Ragleth’ design with larger tanks.  The next batch will all have this feature and will be available in red, green, blue and black.  For 2014 the new UK RRP will be £795.00 for the manual version, £995.00 for the radio control version.

2014 price rises

Unavoidably we have had to increase some of our prices and these will take effect from January 1st.   Please consult the stock status page for these changes and the revised and updated delivery schedule.  Our dealers have now opened their order books for the Black 5, ‘Mannin’, No. 14 and the Bagnall.  The ‘mix & match’ deal on the Lynton & Barnstaple coaches continues, any four for a UK RRP of £720.00, representing even better value for money!

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11 Responses to Accucraft January News

  1. Vik says:

    I think your 7/8ths quarry Hunslet is brilliant but I have 4 Accucraft & 3 Roundhouse loco’s on a large garden layout & its too late & expensive to move up a scale. Why don’t you do a 16mm quarry hunslet? there are far more 16mm punters out there. You should also take in body parts & all the other cosmetic stuff as there is a huge market in the self build arena – after all many of us are model engineers or self build enthusiasts.


    • Accucraft UK Ltd says:

      With another firm producing 16mm scale Quarry Hunslets we don’t feel any need to trample all over their market and have always stated that we consider these locos a little too small for 16mm scale for practical running. This is why all our 7/8ths” locos will be of ‘smaller’ types of industrial engine. The ‘self-build’ market is also well supplied by after market manufacturers who enjoy a good business producing cosmetic parts and body kits for our locos which has the added bonus of enabling us to maintain lower prices.

  2. Bob Perrin says:

    I await with interest your Sea Lion scheduled for this spring. I have three Accucraft, one Roundhouse and one Regner loco’s, all 16 mm. I have placed an order for Sea Lion as it will fit through the 16 mm tunnel mouths fitted to my railway shed and conservatory. Other 7/8ths loco’s are too tall to pass through and with my line being elevated and with few buildings involved, a swap to 7/8ths and back will not be a problem. For me the height of the Bagnall saddle tank will determine if I will buy one or not. I also hope a boiler water sight glass will be fitted as on my Baldwin. I find it very useful.

    • Accucraft UK Ltd says:

      Like the 7/8ths” Quarry Hunslet, you could remove the Bagnall’s cab and cut the chimney down (like ‘Peter’ at Amberley) which would solve the height issue! The Bagnall will be fitted with a sight glass equipped with a blow-down on the bottom fitting.

  3. john davis says:

    Happy new year to all the team at Accucraft UK, as a proud owner of a new Lyd, I would like to know if there likely to be further batches of Lew in the future or ideally versions of her sister locos (maybe in L&B Livery option). As a L&B fan the possibilities of adding further L&B locos to my railway would be great and allow me to start saving!

    • Accucraft UK Ltd says:

      We do not intend to run another batch of ‘Lew’. The final delivery of these locos will be made in February. We are looking at the possibility of ‘Exe’ ‘Yeo’ and ‘Taw’ in the not too distant future.

  4. AlexVofRMan says:

    Happy new year to all at accucraft uk! Would love to know if there Is a confirmed date for the 61xx? Looking at “track shack’s” website it appears that their stock is due in April? Would just like to know if they are delayed until April. Thanks.

  5. Nibbs says:

    Really great news about Welshpool & Llanfair Hunslet 2-6-2T No. 14. It is the one thing that is missing from my recreation of the WLLR in miniature. I can’t wait to get mine and have already place my order with Trackshack. At least having to wait until later in the year will give me a chance to save up to pay it!
    Many thanks for listening and for all your hard work in getting this wonderful loco back into production.

  6. Seagoon says:

    Dear Graham and Ian,

    This is all very good news, many excellent choices for 2014. I will be extremely impressed if the delivery for some (or all!) of these new models can actually be achieved in under 12 months — this would be far quicker than Accucraft in the US has been able to manage. With that aggressive a schedule, is there any chance that we might (gasp!) see an engineering sample at Peterborough in April?

    Many thanks.

    • Accucraft UK Ltd says:

      Neddy (!), we are striving to close the gap to 12 months between announcement and delivery. This entails conducting all the research, drawing, development and production of an engineering sample before we announce models but we are quietly confident that our choices of prototype will be popular enough to guarantee sufficient orders for a minimum run. And, yes, we hope to have an engineering sample or two at Peterborough.

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