July’s news is all about America! We are delighted to share Accucraft’s news about their 20th Anniversary special as well as rolling stock to go with the forthcoming C & O ‘Allegheny’, now in production!
NORFOLK & WESTERN J CLASS 4-8-4 #611
The Accucraft (US) 1:32 scale Norfolk & Western #611 will be their 20th anniversary locomotive! For our US partner’s 20th anniversary, they are working with the N & W Historical Society and the Virginia Museum of Transportation’s ‘Fire Up 611’ project, to produce the most accurate model of N&W #611 to date! Each model of #611 will also include special items inside the box!
Some would argue that the Norfolk & Western Railway’s J Class represents the zenith of steam passenger locomotive development in the United States. The class was introduced towards the end of steam on U.S. railroads but was designed and built without compromise to do the job in style. Conceived and assembled at the N & W East End Shops in Roanoke, Virginia, between 1941 and 1950, these elegant 4-8-4’s only ever numbered fourteen examples, the first five being streamlined from the outset, the next six examples only being thus fitted later due to wartime economies and the final three once again emerging fully streamlined from the start.
Unusually for a passenger design, the class were only equipped with 70 inch driving wheels which required perfect balancing of the wheelsets and drive train and the adoption of light-weight rods to allow 100mph running. However, the relatively small drivers and 300psi boiler pressure gave a very high tractive effort, 80,000 pounds, making the J’s the most powerful 4-8-4’s built without recourse to a booster.
The class quickly gained a reputation for hauling heavy trains at high speeds with an enviable record of reliability, often accumulating 15,000 miles per month. Despite this the writing was on the wall for steam and towards the end of the 1950’s the N & W started leasing diesels with a view to replacing their steam fleet. In 1959 J Class #611 hauled a last special and the rest of the class were scrapped. 611, however, was lucky; thanks partly to an accident in 1956 when the loco derailed at speed near Cedar, Virginia and its consequent good condition following a rebuild and partly to the efforts of the legendary railroad photographer O. Winston Link, #611 was given to the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke in 1960.
After twenty years of inactivity, #611 was taken to Birmingham, Alabama for overhaul in the Southern Railway’s Norris Yard workshops, emerging in 1982 to haul specials on the newly created Norfolk Southern railroad until 1994. In 1995 it was once again confined in the museum at Roanoke, although there are moves to steam the loco once again, and a committee is hoping to “Fire up 611”!
- Scale / Gauge: 1:32 / 45 mm
- Construction: Brass & Stainless Steel
- Minimum Radius: 10 ft. (3 M)
- Alcohol fired
- Two cylinders w/ drain water valve
- 60 PSI working pressure
- Two safety valves
- Water level gauge
- Blow down valve
- Throttle valve
- Axle driven pump w/ bypass valve
- Hand operated water pump in tender
- UK RRP £5630.00
C & O CUPOLA CABOOSES
Accucraft (US) has announced the upcoming production of 1:32 scale, 45mm gauge steel cupola cabooses for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway. These cabooses will nicely complement the forthcoming 1:32 scale C&O “Allegheny” (in both live steam and electric). The cabooses will be of all brass construction and come factory painted and lettered to represent the late 1940s to mid-1950s era. Features will include:
• Brass and steel construction
• Metal wheels
• Detailed underbody detail and draft gear
• Four road numbers
• Working knuckle couplers
American Car & Foundry built 100 cabooses in C&O series 90200-90299 in 1949. Delivered in bright red, beginning in the late 1950s they were repainted into overall yellow with blue lettering. Our models will represent the as-delivered appearance. They will not feature an interior. The C&O caboose is limited to 100 units, 25 of each number.
AL93-055 to AL93-058 Chesapeake & Ohio steel caboose, red #90200 UK RRP £395.00
C & O THREE BAY OPEN HOPPERS
Accucraft (US) is also producing 1:32 scale, 45mm gauge 3-bay open hoppers. Again, these are perfect for the “Alleghenys”. The hoppers will also satisfy discriminating modellers who desire interesting rolling stock to operate behind their 1:32 scale locomotives. Features will include:
• Finely detailed plastic body
• Sprung die-cast trucks
• Detailed underbody
• 24 different road numbers for C&O
• One version lettered C&O but without car number (allows you to number your own)
• Working knuckle couplers
• Offered with or without end scatter shields, based on prototype
The open hoppers accurately represent a group of 3-bay cars built by Bethlehem Steel Corp. for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway. C&O obtained 1000 cars in series 105000-105999, constructed on builder’s Lot # DF-152, between January and March 1951. The cars have a rated capacity of 2622 cu. ft., measure 40’ 8” inside length, and 41’ 9 3/4” over strikers. The model is developed directly from the builder’s General Arrangement drawings. Cars decorated for the Virginian Railway will not be 100% accurate. However, the 3-bay hopper can still serve as fine ‘stand-in’ model, particularly for those interested in operating coal trains behind their Virginian edition 2-6-6-6 “Allegheny”.
AM32-600 to AM32-624 C&O 3-bay Hopper w/ end scatter shields UK RRP £135.00
H8 ALLEGHENY 2-6-6-6
In production now for delivery later this year is the ideal locomotive the haul these nice hoppers and cabooses, the incredible Allegheny 2-6-6-6 – don’t miss out!
AL97-411 Allegheny 2-6-6-6, Early Version in 1941 C&O #1601 Live Steam UK RRP £6,850.00
AL97-413 Allegheny 2-6-6-6, Late Version in 1948 C&O #1648 Live Steam UK RRP £6,850.00
AL97-415 Allegheny 2-6-6-6, Virginian #900 Live Steam UK RRP £6,850.00
AL98-411 Allegheny 2-6-6-6, Early Version in 1941 C&O #1601 UK RRP £6,375.00
AL98-413 Allegheny 2-6-6-6, Late Version in 1948 C&O #1648 UK RRP £6,375.00
AL98-415 Allegheny 2-6-6-6, Virginian #900 UK RRP £6,375.00