Accucraft Mid August Update!

Just a quick reminder that we will be attending the Llanfair Garden Railway Show on the 30th & 31st August and news of yet another new American locomotive!

Llanfair Garden Railway Show

We will, as usual, be bringing our stand to Llanfair but this year we will also be bringing a selection of items for sale!  A thorough examination of the scrap bins at the factory has produced a plethora of trial pieces, unfinished items and damaged models, many of which will be ideal for the scratch builder or those looking for a ‘fixer-upper’.  All items will be ‘sold as seen’ with no warranty and cash buyers will be given preferential treatment!

We will also be revealing some brand new additions to the range and will be supported by a team from Accucraft (US) and the factory.  Don’t miss out!

The event is being held on Saturday, 30th August and Sunday, 31st August 2014 at Llanfair Caereinion Leisure Centre, SY21 0HW, and in addition to numerous layouts there will be over forty traders present.

Times: Saturday 10am to 4.30pm. Sunday 10am to 4pm.
Prices: Admission £5.00.
Additional Info: Free parking. Free bus link to the W&L Railway. Refreshments available.

Southern Pacific P-8 4-6-2

Accucraft Trains is proud to announce Southern Pacific P-8 class 4-6-2 locomotives in 1:32 scale, 45mm gauge live steam. Production is limited. These fine scale butane fired models will be constructed from brass and stainless steel. The following features are included:

  • Fine scale brass model
  • 60 psi working pressure
  • Pressure gauge
  • Water sight glass
  • Lubricator
  • Axle water pump with bypass valve
  • Hand water pump

Constructed by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1921, Southern Pacific’s fifteen P-8 class 4-6-2s #2461-2475 were obtained primarily for passenger service over the Ogden-Carlin segment of the railroad’s famed “Overland Route”. Over the route’s maximum gradient of 1.5%, a single P-8 was rated for a trailing load of 875-tons, approximately an eleven car passenger train. The P-8s thrived in this service until delivery of the larger, more powerful Mt-class 4-8-2s in the late 1920s. Most P-8s were then transferred further west for service between Oakland and Sacramento, along with the demanding Peninsula commute service between San Francisco and San Jose. Espee’s P-8 class 4-6-2s lasted until the mid-1950s, at which time they were replaced by diesels and retired.

Engineering sample of the forthcoming SP P-8 4-6-2 – a most handsome locomotive!

Two Southern Pacific P-8 class locomotives were saved. SP #2467 was donated to the City of Oakland in 1960 and placed on display at Harrison Railroad Park. In April 1959, SP #2472 was donated to the City of San Mateo and placed on display at the Fairgrounds. In the early 1990s, the Pacific Locomotive Association acquired SP #2467 and began its restoration. Completed by July 1999, the locomotive made its operational debut at Sacramento’s Railfair in 1999. SP #2467 is currently on loan for static display at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento.

In 1976, a group of volunteers began work on full restoration of SP #2472 back to operable service. In the early
1990s the locomotive was used on several local excursions. In 1992, SP #2472 was doubleheaded with SP GS-4
class locomotive #4449 on excursions operated for the National Railway Historical Society convention. Today, the locomotive operates at the Niles Canyon Railway.

AL97-035      Southern Pacific P-8 class #2467, butane fired      £3,950.00
AL97-037      Southern Pacific P-8 class #2472, butane fired      £3,950.00

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