Accucraft May News

This month we issue a last call for No. 14 and the 28 ton Shays, bring you further news on our move and warehouse sale and some images from the National Garden Railway Show at Peterborough this year.

Welshpool & Llanfair Railway No. 14

Following the debut of the sample model at the National Garden Railway Show we are pleased to say that we have now authorised the construction of the batch.  This means that there are only a limited number still available to reserve so make sure you have one booked with your local retailer.  Delivery is on schedule for this summer.

Built in 1954, No. 85 was the last of 32 built for the Sierra Leone Government Railways to a standard design by Hunslet. Completed as works number 3815, No. 85 was delivered to the Sierra Leone port and capital of Freetown with sister engine No. 84, the pair costing £21,273. They were set to work on the extensive Sierra Leone Railway, which had a mainline extending 227.5 miles.

By the time No. 85 arrived, the Hunslet 2-6-2s were confined mainly to shunting and banking heavy trains out of Freetown. Their working life was to be short too – with the Sierra Leone Government Railways finally closing in 1974. No. 85 was brought back to the UK to work at the preserved Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway, where it regularly hauled passenger trains until April 2010, when its last 10-year boiler ticket expired. It has recently been on display at the National Railway Museum at Shildon.

The model is internally gas fired and has slide valve cylinders. The boiler is fitted with a water gauge and a water top-up valve is supplied. It is available in four different colours. The engine is re-gaugeable from 32mm to 45mm by the customer. It is available in either manual control or radio control.  UK RRP £1700.00 (Manual) £2000.00 (Radio control fitted).  you can see the full specification here.

Versions available:

S19-26/7B No. 14 W &L 2-6-2T Black
S19-26/7BU No. 14 W &L 2-6-2T Blue (lined out)
S19-26/7G No. 14 W &L 2-6-2T Green
S19-26/7R No. 14 W &L 2-6-2T Red (lined out)

We are moving!

We are moving!  In May we will be re-locating our warehouse to Herefordshire (full details to follow) and need to clear the unit in Church Stretton of as much accumulated clobber as possible.  Therefore on the 16th May we are having the equivalent of a ‘garage sale’ of equipment including locomotives and rolling stock not fit for retail sale through our dealers.  Locomotives are ‘sold as seen’ and, in the case of those needing rectification, carry no warranty although boiler certificates will be included as appropriate. Some locomotives are offered following their return after suffering damage in transit hence nothing can be ordered by ‘phone or reserved in advance – first come, first served! There are also items of rolling stock in ‘open box’ condition, some lacking wheels or running gear.

We will also be offering ‘sweepings from the workshop floor’, engineering samples, parts and components as well as some tools that we no longer require, again, sold as seen with no warranty.  Doors open at 10.00am and close at 15.00pm.  Although we can process credit/debit cards cash is preferred!

National Garden Railway Show – Peterborough 2015

Another excellent show by the 16mm Association.  We were pleased so many of you visited our stand this year.  It is always good to put a face to a name and to be able to chat, discuss new projects and existing products.  We had an extremely good reception for our production sample of W & L No. 14 and look forward to delivering these to our customers this summer.

Dave Mees, Bing Cheng and Ian Pearse on the Accucraft stand at Peterborough

Some of the young team responsible for organising a great show

Last call for the 28 ton Shays

With the first examples due for delivery to the UK shortly, the factory has completed a second batch to mop up residual back orders.  There are few of each type still available and these can be shipped from the U.S. at the end of May.  If you missed out on the first run, be sure to reserve one from the second batch – these may be the last Shays for a while.  The live steam model features butane firing, a single flue boiler, safety valve, lubricator, water level gauge and a hand operated water pump.


Scale / Gauge: 1:20.3 / 45 mm
Construction: Brass & Stainless Steel
Minimum Radius: 48 in. (1.2 M)
Length: 19.17 in. (486 mm)
Width: 4.13 in. (105 mm)
Height: 6.18 in. (157 mm)

The part numbers and UK RRP are as follow:

AC77-217 Three Cylinder Shay – Class B, 28T Oil burning – Live steam £2,195.00
AC77-218 Three Cylinder Shay – Class B, 28T Coal burning – Live steam £2,195.00
AC78-217 Three Cylinder Shay – Class B, 28T Oil burning – Electric £1,995.00
AC78-218 Three Cylinder Shay – Class B, 28T Coal burning – Electric £1,995.00

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