Welcome to our June newsletter. This is a final call for our forthcoming open day and sale and a reminder of our move to retailing at Pontrilas. The delivery of the L&B Manning Wardles will be concluded this month and our stock is now all pre-sold to our dealers. We are also issuing a ‘last call’ for the Australian C-36 4-6-2 and the Saxon Meyer 0-4-4-0T, both of which are now in production.
Accucraft Open Day & Clearance Sale – Pontrilas 16th June
Last call for the open day! The format will be similar to last year to be held once again at Unit 4, Long Meadow Industrial Estate. We will have factory seconds, damaged items and test samples to sell. as well as many ‘end of line’ items. This stock will be offered for sale on a ‘first come, first served’ basis without prior reservation and will include ‘open box’ locomotives, rolling stock and track components as well as sundry ‘kits of parts’ with potential for re-assembly! As they say, “everything must go!”
We can now confirm that we will be supported by Swift Sixteen, Model Earth Design & Talisman Brass Castings and Blackcat Bridges among others. We will be running Accucraft locomotives in 1:13.7, 1:19, 1:20.3 and 1:32 scales. Opening times are 10:30hrs to 16:00hrs and there will be an on site café offering refreshments and light lunches.
Accucraft retail open for business!
Following the closure of Garden Railway Centres in Cheltenham, we have been made aware that many of you are struggling to find Accucraft products in the West Midlands and Welsh Marches. In consequence we are delighted to say that we will be opening our unit in Pontrilas for retail sales. Although our premises may not be ideal our location in the Welsh Marches is most picturesque and worth a drive out. Please note that we keep office hours, 09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday and we are not open at the weekend (we will publish details of office closures on this website). It is also worth ‘phoning/emailing us to check whether we have a specific item in stock before you visit us – 01981 241380 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Last call for the Accucraft (Aus) NSWGR C38
Production is underway of this one-time series – once they are sold, they are sold! The 38 class design was based on a need to eliminate the complications of double heading required on a number of fast interstate passenger trains. The conditions of track work with frequent sharp curvature to be traversed at high speed would require six-coupled driving wheels in a ‘Pacific’ 4-6-2 configuration. Maintenance considerations suggested a two cylinder simple steam locomotive. In May 1939 an order for five 38 class locomotives was placed with Clyde Engineering with a distinctive streamlined boiler casing. The remaining 25 locomotives were built without streamlining at the NSWGR Eveleigh and Cardiff Workshops. From 1961 the locomotives were progressively withdrawn from service. Four have survived into preservation being 3801, 3813, 3820 and 3830.
The model will be available in both Streamlined and Un-streamlined versions and in a variety of liveries and power options. Pilot Model 2016 – you can download the order form here. Place your reservations with our Hereford office now – prices may be subject to currency revision. With prices ranging from a UK RRP of £3,550.00 (electric) to £3,795.00 (Live Steam) we think they represent outstanding value for money.
Product Specifications – Live Steam Version:
- Scale: 1:32
- Gauge: 45mm
- Valve Gear: Walschaerts, two cylinders, slide valves, cylinder drain cocks
- Working Pressure: 60psi
- Construction: Copper boiler, Brass boiler jacket, Brass cab, Brass tender,
- Boiler Fittings: Safety valve, pressure gauge, water gauge
- Axle water pump with bypass valve, Water hand pump with check valve
- Length over buffers: 756mm (29.8 inches)
- Width: 91mm (3.6 inches)
- Height: 133mm (5.2 inches)
- Min Radius: Electric 2m (6½ feet) Live Steam 3m (9 feet)
- Steel drivers
- Chassis is sprung on all wheels, with sprung side control on the leading bogie
- Main driving axle boxes have oil reservoirs with felt oil pads
- Trailing Truck has oil /felt reservoirs
- Main Coupling rod and Connecting rod have a rotating bronze sleeve bearing common to both rods
- Spirit fired boilers have Automatic Blower which opens when the Regulator is shut.
- 3801 Streamlined, Verdant Green
- 3803 Streamlined, Black / Red lining
- 3813 Un-Streamlined, NSWGR Special Green
- 3820 Un-Streamlined, Black / Red lining
- 3830 Un-Streamlined, NSWGR Special Green (all green)
- 3830 Un-Streamlined, Olive Green 1961 livery
Models & Options Available:
- SG Live Steam, Gas Fired, Ceramic Burner
- SA Live Steam, Alcohol Fired with multi tube boiler
- EL Electric with full Cab Detail
- RC Radio Control Fittings Kit for live steam models
Last call for the 1:20.3 Scale Saxonian IV K 0-4-4-0T
These delightful Saxon Meyers are now in production and due for delivery in the next few weeks. As a result of rising traffic levels in the late nineteenth century, the 750mm (2’ 6”) gauge Royal Saxon State Railways found their existing fleet of locomotives were struggling to cope. In 1892 the network took delivery of the first of 96 Gunther-Meyer 0-4-4-0T compounds, destined to be the largest single class of narrow gauge locomotive in Germany. They were so successful that they became the sole motive power on some lines, ably handling freight as well as passenger trains.
At the end of WW1 two were left in Hungary and three were given up in war reparations to Poland. In 1925 the remaining engines were absorbed into the Deutsche Reichsbahn-Gesellschaft and allocated numbers in the ‘99’ series. By the end of WW2 57 were still working and 20 of these survived long enough to go through the ‘reko’ programme to be fitted with welded boilers and, in some cases, welded frames. By 1973 the older, unrebuilt locos had been withdrawn (three being preserved) while the ‘reko’ engines soldiered on for the Deutsche Reichsbahn in East Germany. Remarkably nearly a quarter of the class, 22 examples, have been preserved, a living testament to the sound design of the originals.
The 1:20.3 Saxon IV K has been made for MBV SCHUG. The total batch is only 60 units, 20 pieces in Saxon State Railways’ green and 40 in Reichsbahn black. The model comes fitted with the 6-channel spectrum DXe radio control for regulator reverser. The system is programmable via Smartphone and Tablet app. The UK RRP is £4595.00
Scale / gauge: 1: 20.3 / 45 mm
Length: 454 mm
Width: 104.1 mm (edge of the roof)
Height: 156.1 mm (chimney)
Minimum radius: 124.3 cm (LGB R3)
Weight: 5.89 kg
Cylinder lubrication: displacement lubricator in the cab
Control: factory fitted 2.4 GHz sector Intrum DXe RC system and HITEC HS-85 MG servos fitted
Boiler: Centre Flue, butane fired
Working Pressure: 60psi
Reversing Gear: Slide valves, Walschaerts valve gear
Boiler Fittings: Safety valve, pressure gauge, water gauge.
Cab Controls: Steam regulator, gas regulator, reverse lever, lubricator in cab
AL87-014 G RC Saxon IV K – live steam with factory fitted radio control
AL87-014R-RC Reichsbahn IV K No. 99 589 – live steam with factory fitted radio control
Yeo, Exe & Taw – last delivery in June
We will be delivering the last batch of Lynton & Barnstaple Manning Wardles to dealers during June. We have now pre-sold all our stock to our dealers so make sure you don’t miss out!
1:32 C&O 3-Bay Open Hoppers nearly sold out!
These superb, long-awaited hopper wagons are now available, ideal companions to your Allegheny! Available in both Chesapeake & Ohio or Virginian livery (plain black or red oxide to follow), the wagons can be bought singly or in packs of six. UK RRP for individual cars £120.00 or a six pack at £660.00 including UK delivery and warranty. However, the C&O version is almost entirely sold out and what remains are single cars so please call our Hereford office to check what’s still available to order.
AM32-600 C&O Hopper, No End Scatter Shields, Data Only, 6-car set – SOLD OUT
Tracks to the Trenches – Apedale Railway 13th – 15th July
The “Tracks to the Trenches” 2018 event marks the finalé of the Moseley Railway Trust’s First World War centenary commemorations – highlighting the tremendous expansion of the British light railways, which were used right up until the Armistice in 1918.
In 2014 and 2016 the Apedale Valley Light Railway hosted major First World War centenary events – marking 100 years since the start of the “War to end all Wars”. These highly acclaimed centenary events focused on the often overlooked areas of Transport and Logistics used by all combatants during the conflict. This was the narrow gauge light railways’ finest hour. You can find full details here. This will be the first chance many folk have to see a working WD Hunslet 4-6-0T both full size (No. 1215) and 16mm scale (Accucraft!).