Accucraft/Aster June News

Welcome to the June edition of the Accucraft/Aster Hobby UK news bulletin.  We are delighted to say that the first 100 RTR Radial Tanks are now finished at the factory and will be shipped shortly, so get your plastic ready!  The kits will follow ten to fourteen days later after which the pre-order price for both types will no longer apply. In other news the Aster Light & Heavy Mikados are on offer with six, yes, that’s right, SIX free items of rolling stock!

L&SWR Radial Tank 4-4-2Ts are on their way!

S32-15A L&SWR RADIAL TANK 4-4-2T, Adams green, fully lined £1,995.00  
S32-15B L&SWR RADIAL TANK 4-4-2T, Drummond green, fully lined £1,995.00 
S32-15C L&SWR RADIAL TANK 4-4-2T, SR lined Maunsell green £1,950.00  
S32-15D L&SWR RADIAL TANK 4-4-2T, SR plain black, ‘sunshine’ lettering £1,950.00  
S32-15E L&SWR RADIAL TANK 4-4-2T, EKR lined Ashford green* (from KGR) £1,995.00 
S32-15F L&SWR RADIAL TANK 4-4-2T, BR black, early emblem £1,950.00 
S32-15G L&SWR RADIAL TANK 4-4-2T, BR black, late crest £1,950.00 

S32-15KA L&SWR RADIAL TANK 4-4-2T, Adams green, fully lined – KIT £1,845.00  
S32-15KB L&SWR RADIAL TANK 4-4-2T, Drummond green, fully lined – KIT £1,845.00 
S32-15KC L&SWR RADIAL TANK 4-4-2T, SR lined Maunsell green – KIT £1,795.00 
S32-15KD L&SWR RADIAL TANK 4-4-2T, SR plain black, ‘sunshine’ lettering – KIT £1,795.00 
S32-15KE L&SWR RADIAL TANK 4-4-2T, EKR lined Ashford green* – KIT (from KGR) £1,845.00 
S32-15KF L&SWR RADIAL TANK 4-4-2T, BR black, early emblem – KIT £1,795.00 
S32-15KG L&SWR RADIAL TANK 4-4-2T, BR black, late crest – KIT £1,795.00

Aster Accucraft USRA Light & Heavy Mikado Special Offer!

Six free items of 1:32 Scale Rolling Stock from Inventory with every Mikado Purchase!
Mix & Match Reefers, Box Cars or 3 Bay Hoppers and choose from the following RTR/Kits:

Light Mikado: 
• Undecorated
• New York Central
• Union Pacific (Low Stock)
• Baltimore & Ohio

Heavy Mikado:
• Undecorated
• Erie
• CB&Q
• Milwaukee Road
• Southern (Low Stock)
• Great Northern

AST-103K USRA 2-8-2 LIGHT MIKADO – KIT (contact us about liveries) £3,995.00  
AST-103R USRA 2-8-2 LIGHT MIKADO – RTR (contact us about liveries) £4,995.00  
AST-105K USRA 2-8-2 HEAVY MIKADO – KIT (contact us about liveries) £4,495.00  
AST-105R USRA 2-8-2 HEAVY MIKADO – RTR (contact us about liveries) £5,595.00

Prices may be subject to a currency/shipping surcharge at point of delivery.

Check the US rolling stock inventory here.

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Accucraft May News

Welcome to our May update.  We are pleased to say that despite the virus the hobby seems to be in rude good health.  We are open for business via the internet and ‘phone and have spent much of the past six weeks supplying spares and Aster kits!  There has been something like a two month hiatus in production but we are happy to say that the factory is busy completing 1:32 L&SWR Adams Radial tanks and the first 100 or so will be ready for delivery in a couple of weeks – don’t forget that we are offering matching sets of L&SWR suburban coaches to accompany these with a 10% discount!

1:32 Scale L&SWR Adams Radial tank 4-4-2T

The factory has kindly sent us images of some of the liveries that these handsome locomotives will be carrying when they are delivered, the gorgeous Drummond holly green version still carrying an Adams boiler but with a Drummond chimney, the Southern Railway green version fitted with a Drummond boiler, Southern Railway black with ‘sunshine’ lettering, early BR condition with a Drummond boiler with early emblem and in No. 488’s final form running as No. 30583 with an original Adams boiler and late crest.  Enjoy!

1:32 L&SWR Coaches to go with the Radial Tank

With the acquisition of the J&M Coaches range the factory is able to offer a set of L&SWR suburban coaches to go with the Radial Tanks comprising two brake thirds, and all third and a composite first/third in liveries to match all the variations (apart from the East Kent!) of locomotive offered.  I guess if anyone shouts loud enough we might even do them in S&DJR/LMR blue!

R32-20A   J&M L&SWR Bogie Brake Third, salmon pink & brown £695.00
R32-21A   J&M L&SWR Bogie All Third, salmon pink & brown £695.00
R32-22C   J&M L&SWR Bogie First/Third Composite, salmon pink & brown £695.00
R32-23A   J&M L&SWR Bogie Coach set, salmon pink & brown £2641.00

R32-20B   J&M L&SWR/SR Bogie Brake Third, Southern Railway green £650.00
R32-21B   J&M L&SWR/SR Bogie All Third, Southern Railway green £650.00
R32-22B   J&M L&SWR/SR Bogie First/Third Composite, Southern Railway green £650.00
R32-23B   J&M L&SWR/SR Bogie Coach Set, Southern Railway green £2470.00

R32-20C   J&M L&SWR/BR Bogie Brake Third, Southern Region green £650.00
R32-21C   J&M L&SWR/BR Bogie All Third, Southern Region green £650.00
R32-22C   J&M L&SWR/BR Bogie First/Third Composite, Southern Region green £650.00
R32-23C   J&M L&SWR/BR Bogie Coach set, Southern Region green £2470.00

R32-20D   J&M L&SWR/BR Bogie Brake Third, BR Carmine £650.00
R32-21D   J&M L&SWR/BR Bogie All Third, BR Carmine £650.00
R32-22D   J&M L&SWR/BR Bogie First/Third Composite, BR Carmine £650.00
R32-23D   J&M L&SWR/BR Bogie Coach set, BR Carmine £2470.00

Sets comprise, two brake thirds, one composite, one all third, discounted by 5% for a set of four, 10% if ordered with an Adams Radial Tank.  Please email us or ‘phone to discuss your rolling stock needs!

Lockdown Locomotive Lectures

Whilst we have been stuck in the office and unable to attend shows or meetings it has been hard to know what to to do to entertain our customers. So, we came up with the idea of producing a series of short videos looking over some of our recently, or soon to be, released locomotives.  Enjoy!

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Accucraft April ‘virtual’ open day & sale!

Good news!  We have received the pre-production sample of Talyllyn Railway No.1 Talyllyn and are going to have a ‘virtual’ open day and sale!  Please read on for further details…

1:19 Scale Talyllyn Railway 0-4-2ST No. 1 Talyllyn

We are delighted to be able to share some images of our next 1:19 scale narrow gauge offering, the iconic little saddle tank, Talyllyn.  Please note that this is a pre-production sample and the production models will carry full rivet detail and some small changes to the paint scheme.  However, we are absolutely delighted with the look of the model and its smooth and steady running characteristics, a perfect companion to the lovely Accucraft Dolgoch – footage of the sample running can be found on our Facebook page and full details of the forthcoming model can be seen hereWith the sample approved we hope to take delivery in Quarter 3 this year.

Online ‘Open Day & Sale’

As you know, we had planned to have our annual open day and sale on Saturday 18th April which, of course, isn’t going to happen now.  However, we have been working through some of the stock we had hoped to sell, repairing anything that needed fixing and sorting our ‘open box’ items and we are pleased to be able to offer some of those items in an ‘online’ sale.  Why not call us to discuss rolling stock bundle offers as well?

Locomotives

S19-29B WD Hunslet 4-6-0T for 32mm (0 gauge) – Radio Control fitted – £1895.00 – SOLD

S19-33B Talyllyn Railway ‘Dolgoch’ 0-4-0T for 45mm (Gauge 1) in Atlas Green – Open Box – £1395.00

S20-1R IoM 2-4-0T ‘Mannin’ in Indian Red, Radio Control fitted £1,850.00 – SOLD

E20-9G IoM 2-4-0T ‘Mona’ in Ailsa Green (electric) – Open Box – £1095.00 – SOLD

S78-4 Kerr Stuart ‘Wren’ 0-4-0ST in 7/8ths” Scale, Green, Red, Black and Blue – Open Box – £1295.00

S78-3 Bagnall 0-4-0ST in 7/8ths” Scale, Green, Black and Blue – Open Box – £995.00

Rolling Stock

R19-20/20/21 L&B Coaches – water damaged boxes – £125.00

AM54-016 – 1:20.3 Scale Jackson & Sharp Coach D&RGW Bumble Bee Single Stripe Yellow – £175.00

AM2201-08 – 1:20.3 Scale Box Car – D&RGW Flying Rio Grande Logo – £95.00 – SOLD

Massive track sale!

G202-03 Code 332 Brass Flex Track Euro Style Straight 3′ – 12pcs per box – £140.00  
G213-04 Code 332 4′ DIA Brass Curve Track Euro Style – 12 pcs per box £65.00 
G213-05 Code 332 5′ DIA Brass Curve Track Euro Style – 12 pcs per box £87.50 
G213-11 Code 332 11½’ DIA Brass Curve Track Euro Style – 16 pcs per box £195.00  
G213-12 Code 332 12½’ DIA Brass Curve Track Euro Style – 16 pcs per box £210.00 
G213-15 Code 332 15′ DIA Brass Curve Track Euro Style – 16 pcs per box £250.00  
G213-16 Code 332 16½’ DIA Brass Curve Track Euro Style – 16 pcs per box £265.00 
G213-20 Code 332 20′ DIA Brass Curve Track Euro Style – 16 pcs per box £325.00 
G218-8R Code 332 4′ Radius Switch Euro Style – Manual Right £65.00 

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Coronavirus / Covid 19 update – office closure

Following the government’s advice, we are taking measures to protect our staff and our customers.  As of today the office is closed to visitors and we will be working reduced hours.  We will be monitoring emails and responding as quickly as we can.  Having discussed the necessary protocols with our couriers we will be maintaining a skeleton delivery service, this will probably mean that we will only be sending goods out on one day per week, usually a Wednesday.

Spare parts will still be available but we will be restricted to sending only those that will fit in a small padded envelope.  Again, if you need Accucraft or Aster spares please email us.

Future deliveries have been interrupted by the virus and the soaring cost of air freight and we are sorry to report that the Adams Radial tanks and Aster B1s will be delayed in consequence.  As soon as we have an accurate ETA we will publish it here.

We hope that you all stay safe and well and derive some solace from your railway modelling activities – don’t forget that we still have Aster 5MT and Light Mikado kits in stock for those of you suffering terminal boredom!

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Coronavirus / Covid 19 update – Gauge 1 offers

In light of the recent news and advice from the government we have decided to postpone our open day and sale, scheduled for 18th April.  As many of you know, all exhibitions until at least June have now been postponed or cancelled, the National Garden Railway Show will now be held on Saturday 14th November at the Peterborough Arena – you can read more about the show here.  Similarly the G1MRA Spring Meeting at Shepshed on the 25th April has been cancelled and the inaugural Llangollen Show, planned for 30th May, has been re-scheduled to Saturday 3rd October, further details in due course.

We would ask all of you to continue to support our retailers and, when the show season re-commences, please help the various associations who have made a huge effort to re-schedule events.  As long as our couriers continue to operate our office will stay open for business which means that for those of you who are worried about going ‘stir crazy’ stock will still be available – don’t forget that we have Aster kits in stock and will soon have the new Accucraft Radial Tank kits and the Aster B1s in stock, so the constructors among you won’t be short of something for the workbench.

So, in place of our open day, we will be putting out selected offers for some of the bargains, seconds and repaired items that we have for sale.  So, without further ado, here are some Gauge 1 (1:32 scale) offerings:

AST-107.BK – Aster BR 5MT 4-6-0 Black – alcohol fired – KIT £3,250.00
AST-107.BR – Aster BR 5MT 4-6-0 Black, No. 73082 Camelot – alcohol fired – RTR £4,300.00
AST-107.GK – Aster BR 5MT 4-6-0 Green – alcohol fired – KIT £3,250.00
AST-107.GR – Aster BR 5MT 4-6-0 Green, No. 73096 – alcohol fired – RTR £4,300.00

AST-103K – Aster USRA 2-8-2 LIGHT MIKADO – KIT (contact us about liveries) £3,950.00
AST-103R – Aster USRA 2-8-2 LIGHT MIKADO – RTR (contact us about liveries) £4,950.00
AST-105K – Aster USRA 2-8-2 HEAVY MIKADO – KIT (contact us about liveries) £4,400.00
AST-105R – Aster USRA 2-8-2 HEAVY MIKADO – RTR (contact us about liveries) £5,500.00

S32-14A – Accucraft KS ‘VICTORY’ 0-6-0T GWR Green (Swindon safety valve bonnet) £995.00 (RRP £1,275.00)
S32-14B – Accucraft KS ‘VICTORY’ 0-6-0T BR Black (Swindon safety valve bonnet) £995.00 (RRP £1,275.00)

Accucraft BR Mk1 coaches, open box, repaired items (loose interiors re-fitted), all £225.00 (RRP £275.00):

R32-11C BR Mk1 BRAKE SECOND CORRIDOR (BSK) – CHOCOLATE & CREAM
R32-12A BR Mk1 SECOND OPEN (SO) – MAROON
R32-12B BR Mk1 SECOND OPEN (SO) – CARMINE & CREAM
R32-12C BR Mk1 SECOND OPEN (SO) – CHOCOLATE & CREAM
R32-13A BR Mk1 FIRST CORRIDOR (FK) – MAROON
R32-13B BR Mk1 FIRST CORRIDOR (FK) – CARMINE & CREAM
R32-13C BR Mk1 FIRST CORRIDOR (FK) – CHOCOLATE & CREAM

All these coaches have been fitted with Kadee couplings.

Accucraft RCH open wagons, £240.00 for a box of four (which may be mixed) UK RRP £300.00:

R32-1A RCH 7 PLANK WAGON – BR GREY
R32-1B RCH 7 PLANK WAGON – BR BAUXITE
R32-1C RCH 7 PLANK WAGON – GWR GREY
R32-1D RCH 7 PLANK WAGON – LMS GREY
R32-1E RCH 7 PLANK WAGON – LNER GREY
R32-1F RCH 7 PLANK WAGON – SR BROWN
R32-1H RCH 7 PLANK WAGON – ‘OXCROFT’
R32-1N RCH 7 PLANK WAGON – ‘OLDHAM GAS CORPORATION’

Last of the mineral wagons, bauxite only, £240.00 for a box of four UK RRP £300.00:

R32-2B BR 16 TON STEEL MINERAL WAGON – BR BAUXITE

Accucraft oil tankers, £260.00 for a box of four (which may be mixed) UK RRP £320.00:

R32-3B 14 TON OIL TANKER – BP
R32-3C 14 TON OIL TANKER – SHELL
R32-3D 14 TON OIL TANKER – ESSO

A couple of US items:

AM32-563 AAR Box Car – Erie Railroad,  £95.00 (UK RRP £120.00) – SOLD
AM32-604 C&O 3-Bay Hopper w/ End Scatter Shields, £95.00 (UK RRP £120.00) – SOLD

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Accucraft March News

Welcome to our March update.  This month we bring you reminders for our open day and sale and the Midlands Garden Railway Show, as well as news of a very unusual venue for steaming an Accucraft locomotive and last calls for the Radial Tank and 7/8ths” scale Forney.

Accucraft’s Annual Open Day and sale

Heads up!  Our annual open day and sale will be earlier this year!  We are planning to have this on Saturday 18th April.  The format will be much the same as usual with an emphasis on Gauge 1 and a drive to clear out some of our older lines, some items may carry as much as a 50% discount so don’t miss out!  Here’s an image of last year’s event.

 

Midlands Garden Railway Show – 14th & 15th March

Don’t forget that we will be attending the show at the Warwickshire Event Centre just off the Fosse way near Warwick over the weekend of the 14th and 15th March.  Please drop by the stand to see all the latest products and catch up with recent news.  Full details at the bottom of this newsletter.  Full details here.

Accucraft UK goes to sea!

We were honoured to be included on the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust stand aboard HMS Prince of Wales over the first weekend of March whilst the carrier was docked in Liverpool.  This was the first time that either of the Queen Elizabeth class ships had been open to the public and some 20,000 people came to look over the ship and meet some of the vessel’s affiliates.  Representing the A1SLT as one of their directors, Graham Langer of Accucraft UK was able to run an Accucraft Gauge 1 live steam A1 Class Tornado on a rolling road.  The model, one of a limited batch, ran for up to five hours a day during the three days without any trouble, fascinating members of the public and crew alike.  Accucraft UK donated £10,000 towards the construction of the full-size locomotive and is supporting the build of new LNER Class P2 Mikado No. 2007 Prince of Wales in Darlington.  Hopefully the next time we steam a locomotive on HMS Prince of Wales it will be one of the forthcoming Aster P2s!

HMS Prince of Wales alongside in Liverpool.

Graham Langer and members of the A1SLT on board.

Last call for the Radial Tank!

With the 1:32 Scale L&SWR Radial Tanks nearing completion this is your last chance to reserve on at the pre-order price!  Only a limited number remain unsold so don’t dally, call us to place your order.  Full details here.

Last call for the 7/8ths” Scale Forney

The gorgeous 7/8ths” Scale Forneys are now shipping out from the factory.  Only a limited number are still available to order at the bargain pre-order price of £3200, be sure you don’t miss out.  Full details here.

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Accucraft February News

Welcome to our February news bulletin, we bring you the welcome news that the ‘G’ Vans are in stock, the design for the Quarry Hunslet is complete, we set a date for this year’s Open Day and some rare Accucraft locomotives become available for sale.

New for 2020 – 16mm (1:19 scale) ‘Large’ Quarry Hunslet

As soon as we had a chance to run Dolgoch last March we realised that the design brief for this small locomotive had produced an almost perfect balance of performance and duration and, having instinctively avoided some of the smaller designs, the possibilities for new engines were now numerous.  With Talyllyn No.1 designed and signed off we immediately re-drew our 7/8ths” Quarry Hunslet as a 16mm model, a design whose characteristics will be much the same as the TR models and should prove to be a real crowd-pleaser.

By the mid-19th century, the North Wales slate mines and quarries had a requirement for small, powerful and rugged locos to work the galleries and tramways in what was by then a rapidly expanding industry.  Various manufacturers supplied narrow gauge motive power to these businesses but none became more synonymous with the area than the saddle tanks supplied by the Hunslet Engine Co. of Leeds.  These sturdy little locos were ideal for the roughly laid, temporary lines in the quarries and the class evolved from the first design, produced in 1870, to encompass a variety of sizes and types which found work at Penrhyn, Dinorwic (where many acquired the names of racehorses!) and the Nantlle valley.  Remarkably the majority of those locos still in service in the 1960′s survived to be preserved, some of them in America and Canada.  Today Quarry Hunslets are still being produced in limited numbers by the new Hunslet Engine Co. based at the Statfold Barn Railway.

The more generous proportions of the ‘Large’ type Quarry Hunslets (as opposed to the smaller ‘Alice’ Class) will prove beneficial to the locomotive’s run-time although to avoid compromising the look of the model we will only be offering it in 32mm gauge.  The model is gas-fired and fitted with a water top up valve, water check valve, miniature pressure gauge; constructed of stainless steel and etched brass with a copper boiler, the model will, as usual, be covered by our two-year warranty.  The anticipated UK RRP is £1595.00 (subject to the usual provisos), available Q3 2020.  As ever, we’d like to thank David Fletcher for his superb drawings, illustrating the livery options.

Specifications:

  • Scale: 16mm to 1 foot (1:19)
  • Gauge: 32mm only
  • Length: 230mm
  • Width: 88mm
  • Height: 130mm
  • Boiler: Centre Flue
  • Working Pressure: 60psi
  • Weight: TBA
  • Minimum Radius: 600mm (2 feet)
  • Reversing Gear: Piston type, reverse by lever in the cab
  • Valve Gear: Simulated Stephenson’s link
  • Fuel: Butane Gas
  • Boiler Fittings: Safety valve, miniature pressure gauge, water level check valve
  • Cab Controls: Steam regulator, gas regulator, reverse lever, lubricator, under floor water level check valve

Colours available, subject to production batch:

S19-37A Quarry Hunslet 0-4-0ST in Red
S19-37B Quarry Hunslet 0-4-0ST in Black
S19-37C Quarry Hunslet 0-4-0ST in Penrhyn Lined Black
S19-37D Quarry Hunslet 0-4-0ST in Blue

1:20.3 Scale Isle of Man ‘G’ Vans now in stock

We are delighted to report that the Isle of Man ‘G’ Vans are now in stock at your local dealer.  These gorgeous vehicles will enhance any railway and would make great generic vans for almost any Irish 3′ gauge line.

For the opening of the Peel Line in 1873, the Isle of Man Railway included in its initial stock purchase from the Metropolitan Carriage & Wagon Co, four hand-braked covered goods vans with load 6 tons and central double-doors to each side. The covered vans were allocated the stock letter “G” when a revised identity system was introduced by the Railway after 1876.  Two additional vans (G.5 & G.6) were supplied new by the Ashbury Carriage & Wagon Co in 1877, a single van (G.7) was believed built by the Railway itself in 1897 using spares and parts supplied by Metropolitan, followed by two further examples (G.8 & G.9) supplied new by Metropolitan in 1899, all to the same basic early-type design. Van G.1 is extant and currently stored out-of-use on the Railway. The remaining early-type “G” vans were in use until the 1960’s, but scrapped by 1975.

The Isle of Man Railway inherited four covered ventilated vans of a different design from the Manx Northern Railway in 1904 and built a further five longer-body examples itself between 1915 and 1921 using  redundant chassis from original 4-wheel carriage stock.  The portholes on the side panels of a number of “G” vans were modifications by the Railway to improve ventilation for carrying perishable goods, live poultry and even horses!

Accucraft’s Annual Open Day and sale

Heads up!  Our annual open day and sale will be earlier this year!  We are planning to have this on Saturday 18th April.  The format will be much the same as usual with an emphasis on Gauge 1 and a drive to clear out some of our older lines, some items may carry as much as a 50% discount so don’t miss out!  Here’s an image of last year’s event.

For sale on behalf of a customer’s estate

We have the somewhat doleful duty of finding a home for some rare Accucraft locomotives on behalf of the family of one of our late customers which include the following, little used, pristine models:

1:32 Electric Steam LNER Class A3 No. 60103 ‘Flying Scotsman’, BR green – offers over £1300.00 SOLD

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1:19 Scale NGG16 2-6-2+2-6-2 Garratt, Black, still boxed and un-run – offers over £4000.00 SOLD

1:19 Scale WD Baldwin 4-6-0T, 45mm Gauge, still boxed and un-run – offers over £1300.00 SOLD

1:19 Scale Lynton & Barnstaple Railway 2-6-2T ‘Lyn’, SR Green – offers over £1300.00 SOLD

Please make contact with our office by ‘phone or email by 7th February if you are interested.  As they say, “no time wasters”!

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Accucraft January News

Happy New Year!

Welcome to our first 2020 website bulletin.  This month we bring you news of our next 16mm (1:19 scale) locomotive to follow Talyllyn No.1, updates for some forthcoming items and following a tidy-up in the warehouse, a few special offers to start the new season off!

New for 2020 – 16mm (1:19 scale) ‘Large’ Quarry Hunslet

As soon as we had a chance to run Dolgoch last March we realised that the design brief for this small locomotive had produced an almost perfect balance of performance and duration and, having instinctively avoided some of the smaller designs, the possibilities for new engines were now numerous.  With Talyllyn No.1 designed and signed off we immediately re-drew our 7/8ths” Quarry Hunslet as a 16mm model, a design whose characteristics will be much the same as the TR models and should prove to be a real crowd-pleaser.

By the mid-19th century, the North Wales slate mines and quarries had a requirement for small, powerful and rugged locos to work the galleries and tramways in what was by then a rapidly expanding industry.  Various manufacturers supplied narrow gauge motive power to these businesses but none became more synonymous with the area than the saddle tanks supplied by the Hunslet Engine Co. of Leeds.  These sturdy little locos were ideal for the roughly laid, temporary lines in the quarries and the class evolved from the first design, produced in 1870, to encompass a variety of sizes and types which found work at Penrhyn, Dinorwic (where many acquired the names of racehorses!) and the Nantlle valley.  Remarkably the majority of those locos still in service in the 1960′s survived to be preserved, some of them in America and Canada.  Today Quarry Hunslets are still being produced in limited numbers by the new Hunslet Engine Co. based at the Statfold Barn Railway. The image used here is of our 7/8ths” model – there may be detail differences between this loco and the production examples.

The more generous proportions of the ‘Large’ type Quarry Hunslets (as opposed to the smaller ‘Alice’ Class) will prove beneficial to the locomotive’s run-time although to avoid compromising the look of the model we will only be offering it in 32mm gauge.  The model is gas-fired and fitted with a water top up valve, water check valve, miniature pressure gauge; constructed of stainless steel and etched brass with a copper boiler, the model will, as usual, be covered by our two-year warranty.  The anticipated UK RRP is £1595.00 (subject to the usual provisos), available Q3 2020.  As ever, we’d like to thank David Fletcher for his superb drawings, illustrating the livery options.

Specifications:

  • Scale: 16mm to 1 foot (1:19)
  • Gauge: 32mm only
  • Length: 230mm
  • Width: 88mm
  • Height: 130mm
  • Boiler: Centre Flue
  • Working Pressure: 60psi
  • Weight: TBA
  • Minimum Radius: 600mm (2 feet)
  • Reversing Gear: Piston type, reverse by lever in the cab
  • Valve Gear: Simulated Stephenson’s link
  • Fuel: Butane Gas
  • Boiler Fittings: Safety valve, miniature pressure gauge, water level check valve
  • Cab Controls: Steam regulator, gas regulator, reverse lever, lubricator, under floor water level check valve

Colours available, subject to production batch:

S19-37A Quarry Hunslet 0-4-0ST in Red
S19-37B Quarry Hunslet 0-4-0ST in Black
S19-37C Quarry Hunslet 0-4-0ST in Penrhyn Lined Black
S19-37D Quarry Hunslet 0-4-0ST in Blue

‘G’ Vans – on their way!

The new Isle of Man ‘G’ Vans are on their way and will be here at the end of the month.  Pre-sales have been strong and some types may sell out quickly so make sure you have put your order in with your local dealer.

For the opening of the Peel Line in 1873, the Isle of Man Railway included in its initial stock purchase from the Metropolitan Carriage & Wagon Co, four hand-braked covered goods vans with load 6 tons and central double-doors to each side. The covered vans were allocated the stock letter “G” when a revised identity system was introduced by the Railway after 1876.  The Isle of Man Railway inherited four covered ventilated vans of a different design from the Manx Northern Railway in 1904 and built a further five longer-body examples itself between 1915 and 1921 using  redundant chassis from original 4-wheel carriage stock.  The portholes on the side panels of a number of “G” vans were modifications by the Railway to improve ventilation for carrying perishable goods, live poultry and even horses!  Numbers G4, G6, G7, G9 available.  Additionally the G vans are being made in plain grey ‘data only’ for anyone who wants them for non Isle of Man purposes.  Body length is 217.5mm, overall maximum width over the handles107mm, height 134.5mm

Liveries available:

  • R20-2A – Isle of Man ‘G’ Van with portholes in light grey, numbers G5 & G7
  • R20-2B – Isle of Man ‘G’ Van with portholes in light grey, numbers G6 & G9
  • R20-2C – Isle of Man ‘G’ Van with portholes in light grey, data only

Seasonal bargains!

We have a few items to clear, the ‘open box’ locomotives (unless stated) have simply been opened and unpacked for photographic purposes.

S78-4B KS WREN 0-4-0ST – BLACK (7/8ths” SCALE) – ‘OPEN BOX’ – £1395.00 (UK RRP £1695.00)
S78-4BU KS WREN 0-4-0ST – BLUE (7/8ths” SCALE) – ‘OPEN BOX’ – £1395.00 (UK RRP £1695.00)
S78-4G KS WREN 0-4-0ST – GREEN (7/8ths” SCALE) – ‘OPEN BOX’ – £1395.00 (UK RRP £1695.00)
S78-4R KS WREN 0-4-0ST – MAROON (7/8ths” SCALE) – ‘OPEN BOX’ – £1395.00 (UK RRP £1695.00)

S78-3B BAGNALL 0-4-0ST – BLACK (7/8ths” SCALE) – ‘OPEN BOX’ – £1095.00 (UK RRP £1295.00)
S78-3BU BAGNALL 0-4-0ST – BLUE (7/8ths” SCALE) – ‘OPEN BOX’ – £1095.00 (UK RRP £1295.00)
S78-3G BAGNALL 0-4-0ST – GREEN (7/8ths” SCALE) – ‘OPEN BOX’ – £1095.00 (UK RRP £1295.00)

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Accucraft December News

Happy Christmas!

We’d like to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and thank you for your support during 2019. We’d like to take the opportunity to highlight some forthcoming releases and some models that will make great Christmas presents! Our office will be closed for the Christmas period from 21st December, reopening on 6th January although emails will still be monitored; the last date for UK orders/deliveries will be 18th December.

A little tease before Christmas – a new 16mm (1:19 scale) loco for 2020!

Given the success of Dolgoch, we have developed a taste for small Welsh engines!  We will follow Talyllyn up with another iconic little Welsh locomotive – watch this space and social media for further updates in the coming weeks, full details on 1st January!

Aster Gauge 1, 1:32 Scale LNER/BR Class B1 4-6-0 – Pre-order

We have now seen and been able to show both black and apple green examples of this attractive loco and the feedback has been universally positive. We should have stock early in 2020 and can only hold the pre-order prices until then (£3100.00 for the kit, £3600.00 for the ready-to-run model) – don’t miss out, order one this week! Full details on our website, exclusively available in the UK from Accucraft UK Ltd.

Accucraft Gauge 1, 1:32 Scale LSWR/SR/BR Adams Radial Tank 4-4-2T – Pre-order

The gorgeous Adams Radial Tanks are now in production, available in a wide range of liveries, full details on our website. Don’t miss out on the matching J&M LSWR suburban/branch line coaches to with these locos, 10% off a set for anyone who has ordered a Radial Tank! Just £2340.00 (UK RRP £2600.00) per set of four (2 x brake third, 1 x all third, 1 x 1st/3rd composite). Only available in the UK from Accucraft UK Ltd.

Talgarth and Sabrina now in stock – Buy now!

These two attractive generic locomotives are now in stock at your local dealers.  Some colours are now sold out and there won’t be another batch until later next year – don’t miss out!

Last call for Talyllyn Railway 0-4-0T Dolgoch in 1:19 Scale – Buy now!

We have just had our last batch of these attractive little narrow-gauge locomotives (including Indian Red examples) and only have a handful left unsold, contact us or your local dealer to obtain one. UK RRP £1595.00.

Lynton & Barnstaple Railway ‘Howard’ Vans – Buy now!

2019 saw the arrival of the ‘Howard’ vans to add to our range of L&B stock. These useful vehicles would make great generic vans for almost any railway in any region of the world and, as such, are available in ‘data only’ format as well as SR brown livery, UK RRP £100.00.

Isle of Man coaches and vans – Buy now!  Or pre-order.

We have just taken delivery of the new ‘Pairs’ half-brake coach as well as further stocks of four-wheel coaches (red & cream and green & cream) and ‘E’ Vans (revised red & cream livery only). The ‘G’ Vans are now in production and pre-selling well. Contact your local dealer for availability.

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Accucraft November News

Welcome to the November website bulletin!  We can now bring you up to date with the new Aster LNER Class B1 4-6-0, progress with the L&SWR Radial Tank and some J&M coaches to go with it, news of production of the new BR Mk1 RMB, the first images of the new Isle of Man ‘G’ Van and a new locomotive for On3/On30.

The new Aster LNER Class B1 4-6-0 in 1:32 scale

Accucraft Trains, in association with Aster Hobby, have issued the following statement about the new Aster locomotive:

“Following the debut of the new Aster B1 at the Gauge 1 Model Railway Association Show and AGM, we’ve been getting a lot of positive feedback and also had a chance to re-evaluate the project.

The new B1 offers greater simplicity while keeping the high quality of Aster’s design and production principles. Our goal with this project is to give the Gauge One live steam market a wonderfully smooth running, simple to assemble, work of precision engineering that gives joy to all modellers and live steam enthusiasts at an affordable price. To that end, we will be delivering the Aster B1 kits at £3100.00 for the kit and £3600.00 for the factory-built ready to runs.

Some have asked about the exclusion of working cylinder drain valves on the sample. The reason for leaving them out was due to the limited space around the cylinder and front truck. In order to keep the scale look of the model and the working radius of 6ft, the decision was to omit the them. However, we believe that the improved precision manufacturing of the valve gear components for this project will impress all that get a chance to assemble and run the model. All our machining and sheet metal parts are made from trusted Japanese vendors.

We are sure that this model will be an ideal entry into the wonderful world of Aster kit building for newcomers and experienced modellers alike.”

You can see full details of the new model here.

L&SWR Adams Radial Tank 4-4-2T

We have been delighted with the level of detail and smooth performance of the new Radial Tank and anticipate delivery of the main batch towards the end of the year.  The factory has done a great job in capturing the Victorian elegance of the prototype with very few compromises to make it easy to operate and maintain.  We are also pleased to announce that we will be able to offer matching L&SWR suburban coaches to accompany the locomotive, hand-assembled from J&M etches with Accucraft roller-bearing bogies, they will be available in simplified L&SWR salmon pink and brown, Southern Railway green, BR green and BR carmine, £650.00 each, they will be offered with a 5% discount for a set of four (two brake thirds, a first/third composite and an all third) or with a 10% discount for those customers who have bought a Radial Tank from us.  Please contact our office to pre-order these coaches and claim your discount!

British Railways Mk1 RMB (Restaurant Miniature Buffet) in 1:32 scale

We have been encouraged by news from the factory that this project has now moved on to tooling with delivery early next year.  The Restaurant Miniature Buffet (or RMB) was a Tourist Standard Open (TSO) coach with two full seating bays next to the centre transverse vestibule removed and replaced with a buffet counter and customers’ standing space, and one bay on one side (same side as the buffet counter) removed and replaced with a store cupboard on the other side of the centre vestibule. They were built in five lots from 1957 to 1962.  Designed to provide catering facilities where a full dining service was not required, they served on all four regions and many have found further use in mainline railtour trains or on preserved lines.

The models feature flushglaze windows, sprung brass buffers, Kadee knuckle couplings throughout, flexible rubber corridor connectors and metal bogies with insulated steel wheels & axles running in roller bearings. Full interior compartment detailing. Unfortunately, due to the fall in the value of Sterling, we have had to increase our UK RRP to £275.00 per coach but in future all will be fitted with Kadee couplers.  We only have a limited stock of the original coaches left so please bear this in mind when ordering the RMB.

R32-14A BR Mk1 RESTAURANT MINI BUFFET (RMB) – MAROON
R32-14B BR Mk1 RESTAURANT MINI BUFFET (RMB) – CARMINE & CREAM
R32-14C BR Mk1 RESTAURANT MINI BUFFET (RMB) – CHOCOLATE & CREAM
R32-14D BR Mk1 RESTAURANT MINI BUFFET (RMB) – GREEN

Isle of Man Railway ‘G’ Van

For the opening of the Peel Line in 1873, the Isle of Man Railway included in its initial stock purchase from the Metropolitan Carriage & Wagon Co, four hand-braked covered goods vans with load 6 tons and central double-doors to each side. The covered vans were allocated the stock letter ‘G’ when a revised identity system was introduced by the Railway after 1876.  Two additional vans (G.5 & G.6) were supplied new by the Ashbury Carriage & Wagon Co in 1877, a single van (G.7) was believed built by the Railway itself in 1897 using spares and parts supplied by Metropolitan, followed by two further examples (G.8 & G.9) supplied new by Metropolitan in 1899, all to the same basic early-type design. The remaining early-type ‘G’ vans were in use until the 1960’s, but scrapped by 1975 although G.1 survived and has recently been moved for restoration.

The Isle of Man Railway inherited four covered ventilated vans of a different design from the Manx Northern Railway in 1904 and built a further five longer-body examples itself between 1915 and 1921 using  redundant chassis from original 4-wheel carriage stock.  The portholes on the side panels of a number of “G” vans were modifications by the Railway to improve ventilation for carrying perishable goods, live poultry and even horses! We are very pleased to reveal the first images of the initial sample from the factory, paying tribute to the care that has been taken to capture all the small details of the prototype – they are in production now so make sure you have yours pre-ordered with your favoured retailer.

D&RGW ‘Baby Mudhen’ C-25 2-8-0 in On3/On30 scales

This locomotive was originally #103 of the Crystal River Railroad, a narrow gauge line located in the Elk Mountains of central Colorado. It was built in 1903 as C/N 21757 of the Baldwin Locomotive Works, had 33” drivers, 18×20” cylinders, and a tractive effort just short of 25,000 pounds. It was a standard Baldwin design, and other narrow gauge locos of this size and type were built for numerous railroads in the Western Hemisphere.

The D&RG purchased this locomotive from the Crystal River in 1916, numbered it 432, this number subsequently being changed in 1924 to #375. Originally the locomotive was a class 112, this number reflecting the total weight of the locomotive, but eventually the D&RGW changed the classification numbers of their locomotives to reflect their tractive effort, and thus the classification of C-25. Interestingly, for a while the cab of this loco carried ‘C-25-112’ as its classification.

The C-25 was affectionately known as the ‘Baby Mudhen’ because its pulling power was close to that of the K-27 class, those engines being known as ‘Mudhens’. The 375 when it was put into service in 1916 was the best steamer on the railroad at that time. Sadly, on June 21, 1949 the one and only C-25 on the D&RGW was scrapped at Alamosa, Colorado.  The model will carry a UK RRP of £1950.00 and the following versions will be available:

AM58-2103 C-25 #375 Black, Unlettered, On3 Scale
AM58-2113 C-25 #375 Black w/ Flying Rio Grande, On3 Scale
AM58-2123 C-25 #375 Green Boiler w/ Moffat Logo, On3 Scale

AM58-210 C-25 #375 Black, Unlettered, On30 Scale
AM58-211 C-25 #375 Black w/ Flying Rio Grande, On30 Scale
AM58-212 C-25 #375 Green Boiler w/ Moffat Logo, On30 Scale

On3/On30 Jackson & Sharp Combine?

Do you model the US scene in On3 or On30 scale?  Would you be interested in seeing a J&S Combine to accompany the Accucraft coaches you already own?  If so, please let us know because the factory is considering a batch of these useful vehicles.

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