This month we carry important news about the future distribution of Accucraft (US) products in the UK, an announcement of a new 1:13.7 Scale model and some amazing bargains available from the U.S. range.
Accucraft US, DE and Aus distribution in the UK
Accucraft (UK) is pleased to announce some important changes to the distribution of the Accucraft US, Aus and DE ranges. Owing to fluctuations in the value of Sterling and a review of our business model, UK retail sales of the American, Australian and German models produced by Accucraft will be handled exclusively by our office in Herefordshire and all sales enquiries should be directed there in future. We ship every four to six weeks from California and the availability of US items can be checked on the US eStore; price lists are displayed on this website. The good news about this move is that, despite the fall in the value of Sterling, many items now carry a lower UK RRP and can be delivered to the customer more quickly. Forward orders can also be placed for forthcoming items in the usual manner. Here are just some of the U.S. models currently available:
1:32 Scale Chesapeake & Ohio Allegheny 2-6-6-6 (butane fired) UK RRP £6,475.00
1:20.3 Scale 28 ton Class B Shay UK RRP £2295.00
1:20.3 Scale Heisler, West Side Lumber Co. UK RRP £2,995.00
1:13.7 (7/8ths”) Scale SR&RLRR Forney 0-4-4 #6
For those of us who love the Maine 2′ gauge network the news of this release couldn’t have come sooner! Ever since Accucraft started making ready to run live steam locos available in 7/8ths” Scale there has been a growing clamour for a model Forney from the Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad.
The Portland Company constructed 0-4-4 Forney #5 in 1891 for the Sandy River Railroad. The locomotive was named “N.B. Neal” and operated this way until 1908 when the Sandy River, Franklin & Megantic, Philips & Rangeley, along with their respective subsidiary railroads merged to form the Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes. At this time the loco was renumbered to SR&RL #6. In 1925 the loco was sold to the Kennebec Central, becoming their #4. She was again sold in 1933 to the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington as their #9. After the WW&F railroad was abandoned in 1936-‘37, it was purchased and stored near Putnam, Connecticut.
In December 1994, an agreement was reached with the estate for WW&F #9 and its return to Maine for eventual restoration. Over the course of several years the loco was restored and is now featured in regular excursion over a restored section of the railroad.
The model is butane fired with a copper boiler featuring a ceramic burner working at a pressure of 60i. The two cylinders are operated by full working Stephenson valve gear. Other features include a safety valve, reverser, hand pump, lubricator, water gauge and pressure gauge. The loco is only offered in 45mm gauge and carries a UK RRP of £3200.00 inc. VAT, P&P and UK warranty support – pre-order from our Herefordshire office.
Accucraft (US) Special Deals!
One of the advantages of the new distribution arrangement is that we can now capitalise on the special offers that occasionally appear on the eStore. During October the following deals are available (while stock lasts):
AC77-101 – DORA, LIVE STEAM + 2 FREE IRON MOUNTAIN COAL CARS – £465.00
AC77-044/6 – PLANTATION ENGINE 0-4-2 UNLETTERED, LIVE STEAM + 2 FREE ITEMS OF ROLLING STOCK – £899.00
AC77-720 BALDWIN 4-4-0 – BLACK UNLETTERED LIVE STEAM + 2 FREE AM2201-01 DATA ONLY BOX CARS – £2195.00
AC77-722 – BALDWIN 4-4-0 – SP #3 LIVE STEAM + 2 FREE AM2201-01 DATA ONLY BOX CARS – £1995.00
AC77- 411/420/1/2 – MOGUL + 2 FREE AM2201-01 DATA ONLY BOX CARS – £1995.00
AL97-082/3/3A – ROYAL HUDSON #2860 BUTANE/ALCOHOL + 2 FREE PASSENGER CARS – £3695.00
AL97-101 – PENNSYLVANIA T1 4-4-4-4 ALCOHOL FIRED + 3 FREE PRR PASSENGER CARS – £5595.00