Accucraft August News

Open Day at Accucraft (UK) – last call!

We will be holding an open house at Unit 4, Long Meadow Industrial Estate on Saturday 5th August. We now have a skip’s worth of factory seconds, damaged items and test samples to sell.  This stock will be offered for sale on a ‘first come, first served’ basis without prior reservation and 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, Trenarren Models, Campbell’s Quarry and Neil Ramsay’s collection of Irish 3′ gauge stock.  We will be running Accucraft locomotives in 1:13.7, 1:19, 1:20.3 and 1:32 scales.  Opening times are 10:30am to 16:00pm and there will be an on site café offering refreshments and light lunches.

7/8ths” Bagnall saddle tanks

The 1:13.7 scale Bagnalls are at your local dealer now.  These chunky engines are proving most popular with the 7/8ths” brigade and their whopping boiler capacity means you won’t have to worry about topping them up!  Available in green, red, blue and black, 45mm gauge only.  James Gilchrist very kindly hefted his to Threlkeld Quarry where he was able to pose it with one of the prototypes, Sir Tom!

Llanfair Garden Railway Show – 2nd & 3rd September

Just a reminder that we will be attending the Llanfair show at the beginning of September where we will be unveiling some of our plans for new production in 2018.  As usual the weekend coincides with the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway Gala which makes it a doubly worthwhile trip out!  The W&LLR Gala is their biggest event of the year, now over three days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Every operating engine will be in use.  There will be traction engines, steam cars and lorries, a model railway exhibition, demonstrations and trade stands, and a shuttle bus to the garden railway show up the hill at Llanfair High School.

Lyn steams!

We were delighted to be present for the first steaming of the new-build Lyn for the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway at Alan Keef’s works at Ross-on-Wye.  Accucraft UK helped fund the construction of the locomotive by donating one of our 1:19 scale models of Lyn for the 762 Club to auction.  We look forward to seeing this powerful 2-4-2T in operation on an ever-expanding railway.

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Accucraft (US) News

Summer madness sale at Accucraft!  We have some absolute bargains in 1:29 Scale giving modellers the opportunity to make up some impressive consists for very little outlay.  Contact our Herefordshire office to reserve some of these while the U.S. office still has some stock!  Call 01981 241380 with a credit/debit card now!

1:29 Rolling Stock Steals!

PS-1 Box Cars – we are able to offer some staggering discounts on these attractive cars and can offer then in dozens of different liveries.  Down from £149.00 to just £89.00 per car!  You can see the whole range here.

G401-02C PS-1 Box Car - B&O #470788

G401-04B PS-1 Box Car - BM #76256

G401-08A PS-1 Box Car - EJ&E #61025

G401-16A PS-1 Box Car - WP Silver w/ Orange Feather #19503

Bethgon II Coal Porters – these high capacity bogie coal wagons have a plastic body and die-cast sprung trucks with metal wheels.  The price has been slashed from £179.00 to £125.00 while stocks last!  You can see the full range of available liveries here.

G421-06A Bethgon - Burlington Northern #533641, 1 car

G421-12B Bethgon - CSX Black #380044, 1 car

Stock Cars – now discontinued, this is the ‘last chance saloon’ to pick up some of these cars at an incredibly low price!  Plastic body, Die-cast trucks with metal wheels.  Down from £125.00 to just £50.00 – that’s right, over 65% off!  You can see all the different types available here.

G424-06A Stock Car - Canadian National #172755

G424-05C Stock Car - Great Northern, Red #55931

40′ Woodside Reefers – Superb refers, ideal for making up long trains.  Plastic body, Die-cast trucks with metal wheels.  The price has been cut from £179.00 to just £75.00 – yes, over £100.00 off each car!  You can see the liveries available here.

G426-03B Reefer - PFE Union Pacific #92387

G426-06B Reefer - Banana Dist Co #7060

G426-07B Reefer - Burington #75282

1:29 Scale Gunderson Hi-Cube box cars

Just arrived from the factory are sample models of the new G411-series 1:29 scale Gunderson Hi-Cube (Plate F) box car. Visit the American Mainline (AML) website for a list of available road names, featuring four different car numbers per item number.  A small quantity of undecorated cars will also be produced for those modelers wishing to paint and letter for their own road name.

Please be patient just a little longer, production models will begin delivering shortly. Contact us to place your reservations for these box cars now!  They’re sure to be hot sellers!  UK RRP £179.00 but you can pre-order them now for just £135.00!

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Accucraft July News

In the July bulletin we bring you more news of our open day, some further advice about the 7/8ths” Decauvilles, news of our involvement with the North Norfolk Railway’s ‘Tracks & Trenches’ weekend, an update on the delivery of the 7/8ths” Bagnall saddle tanks and absolutely the last call for Tornados.

Open Day at Accucraft (UK)

We will be holding an open house at Unit 4, Long Meadow Industrial Estate on Saturday 5th August.  Ian has just returned from the factory having identified a skip’s worth of factory seconds, damaged items and test samples which will be shipped to the UK.  These items will be offered for sale on a ‘first come, first served’ basis without prior reservation and 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, Trenarren Models, Campbell’s Quarry and Neil Ramsay’s collection of Irish 3′ gauge stock.  We will be running Accucraft locomotives in 1:13.7, 1:19, 1:20.3 and 1:32 scales.  Opening times are 10.30am to 16.00pm and there will be an on site café offering refreshments and light lunches.

Some of the stock on its way from the factory for the open day

7/8ths” Decauvilles – gas tank replacement programme

Alas, it seems the fix installed by the factory for the UK batch still hasn’t eliminated the problem of surging gas with these models.  Therefore the factory is sending us replacement tanks which are slightly smaller and can be completely insulated, trials of which have shown that this is the best solution.  The good news is that replacing the gas tank is a straightforward nut and bolt operation which can be effected by anyone with the simplest of tools.  We will be send these tanks out to all of those who have purchased their locomotives through the UK dealer network with a set of illustrated instructions.

North Norfolk Railway ‘Tracks & Trenches’ weekend

Continuing our support of WW1 themed events, we were delighted to help with the NNR’s Great War weekend in June, sponsoring the transportation of an armoured Simplex from the Apedale Railway.  A narrow gauge line had been set up in the goods yard at Holt station and our friends from Apedale had fun shunting the rolling stock on a very compact track plan.  Graham Langer of Accucraft (UK) was present with the Light Cavalry Association, demonstrating the role of the horse in WW1.

The Bagnalls are on their way!

After a long gestation period, the Bagnall saddle tanks will be with dealers in July.  Bagnall were renowned builders of industrial locomotives for both standard gauge and narrow gauge.  They developed a huge range of designs and built numerous engines for the ‘big four’ and the MOD.  The 7″ x 12″ saddle tank was a mid-range narrow gauge design that could be supplied in a number of different formats.  Several examples of the type have been preserved including Woto by Alan Keef, the prototype on which we based our model. You can see the full specification here.

Absolutely the last call for Tornado!

We have been made aware by our colleagues in Union City that the US office has a handful of these lovely Gauge 1 locomotives left.  We can offer these to UK customers for £3650.00 including UK delivery and VAT but they will only be available directly through the Hereford office.  You can see the full specification here.

Versions still available:

S32-12A – lined apple green, rimless chimney ‘BRITISH RAILWAYS’
S32-12B – lined BR blue, rimmed chimney, early emblem
S32-12C – lined BR green, rimmed chimney, early emblem

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Accucraft June News

It’s June and we’re “bustin’ out all over” with stock arrivals and news of an open day / garage sale at the unit in August.  We also bring you an update about the 7/8ths” scale Decauville’s which needs to be read by anyone in the UK who has ordered one through us or our dealers.

Summer Bonanza!

We will be holding an open house at Unit 4, Long Meadow Industrial Estate on Saturday 5th August.  Ian has just returned from the factory having identified a skip’s worth of factory seconds, damaged items and test samples which will be shipped to the UK.  These items will be offered for sale on a ‘first come, first served’ basis without prior reservation and 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!”

In addition we will be hosting half a dozen associated trade stands and exhibitors and will be running trains on the newly constructed test track – yes, you heard right, the warehouse elves have been busily constructing a twin gauge running line with 8′ radius curves on which a variety of Accucraft locomotives will be strutting their stuff.  Opening times are 10.30am to 16.00pm and there will be an on site café offering refreshments and light lunches.

Some of the ex-factory stock that will be on offer

Construction of the test track at Unit 4

7/8ths” Scale Decauvilles

Those of you who follow the various online forums or social media will no doubt be aware of an issue that has affected the first tranche of these locos that was delivered to the U.S. – put simply heat was being transferred from the smokebox to the adjacent gas tank and causing the fuel to surge.  Fortunately this problem came to light before the U.K. bound consignment had been uplifted and we were able to discuss a solution with the factory; in consequence all stock purchased from us or our dealers will have been fitted with additional heat insulation in the smokebox and side tank.  However, it is worth observing that these are very small locomotives which lack the ability to absorb and dissipate heat easily and so must NEVER be run on anything but Butane and must be fired with care.  Users must resist the temptation to turn the gas up in order to raise steam quickly, even though most of our other locomotives will tolerate this treatment.  Great care will be needed to avoid over-firing the Decauville.  We apologise for the additional delay in delivering these pretty machines and hope you understand why it was necessary.

Gauge 1, 1:32 scale Mk1 coaches

We have delivered the first batch of these coaches to our dealers and will be getting a few more with the Decauvilles but it is likely that demand will exceed supply.  Unfortunately there was a late surge of orders from our dealers after production had commenced and although we have obtained as much spare stock from the factory and the U.S. as we can there may be orders unfulfilled.  Those who require additional SKs might consider switching  to SOs when they are produced in the autumn.  If demand is sufficient we may be able to run some more BSKs when the SOs and FKs are produced.  The message is clear – get your orders in or miss out!

3rd June 2017 – GIMRA 70th Anniversary Show – The Fosse

Held at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, The Fosse, we will be attending and look forward to seeing you there.  It will be a large event with up to four working layouts including Surrey Oval, Stanley Midland, Dobson Bridge. The Gauge 3 Society will be attending with the Blackgang exhibition track (almost 100′ in length). Tinplate exhibition track, 16mm Association Talks by Surrey Group. Plenty of Trade support. This event will be open to the public.

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Accucraft May News

Well, the Peterborough Show didn’t disappoint!  A very well attended exhibition with plenty to see and on offer.  We were delighted to show the Accucraft (US) 7/8ths” Scale Forney and were proud to sponsor the display of the North Bay Works Decauville in its part-finished state.  We also bring you news of Argyle Locomotive Works C38 4-6-2.

SR&RLRR Forney 0-4-4 #6

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.

Specifications
Scale / Gauge: 7/8ths / 45 mm
Construction: Brass & Stainless Steel
Mini. Radius: 8ft.
Length: 22.1 in. (562 mm)
Width: 6.1 in. (155 mm)
Height: 8.7 in. (221 mm)
Features: Butane fired, Copper boiler, Ceramic burner, 60 psi working pressure, Two cylinders
Full working Stephenson valve gear, Safety valve, Forward/Reverse Johnson bar, Hand pump
Lubricator, Water sight glass, Pressure gauge

Available exclusively from our Herefordshire office, the model carries a UK RRP of £3,200.00 including VAT, UK delivery and full UK warranty.

Decauville’s small and large!

We were delighted to sponsor the transport of a partly assembled Type 1 Decauville from North Bay Works to accompany the display of the 7/8ths” scale model on our stand.

Accucraft (Aus)  NSWGR C38 in un-streamlined form

Argyle locomotive Works have unveiled the first images of the un-streamlined version of the C38 4-6-2.  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.

Liveries Available:

  • 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

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Accucraft April News

Spring finally seems to have arrived in Herefordshire and with it the promise of a summer filled with deliveries!  The show season continues with the big one, The National Garden Railway Show, on Saturday 8th April.  As ever we will have one or two surprises on our stand which will also be graced by a Type 1 Decauville, no, not (just) the 1:13.7 Scale Accucraft one but a 12″:1′ scale version from North Bay Works!  We will be expecting the little Decauvilles to arrive in early May and all bar a handful of the first consignment are spoken for.  We very much look forward to seeing you at our stand at Peterborough – don’t miss out on some of the very special deals we are offering on U.S. items for the duration of the show only!

By the late 1800s, France’s Decauville Manufacturing Company had established themselves as builders of reliable and simple to operate narrow gauge steam locomotives. Many of their designs were intended for use in agricultural, mining, and light industrial settings. One such loco was a Decauville Type 1, 3-ton 0-4-0T built in 1899, construction #302, for the Dombe Grande Sugar Estates in what was then the Portuguese territory of Angola. The loco was named Bathala. In 1930, after three decades of dependable operation, Bathala was placed in a museum on the company’s grounds.

In light of the success of our Quarry Hunslet in this scale, used to represent 2′ gauge on 45mm track, we feel that another gauge-adjustable 7/8ths” loco will be well received.  The more generous proportions of models in this scale offer the opportunity to look at prototypes which would be rather too small in 1:19 scale but which we have long hankered after.  The model is gas fired and fitted with a water top up valve, water gauge with blow-down valve, miniature pressure gauge; constructed of stainless steel and etched brass, the loco has an enhanced level of detail made possible by this scale including a reversing lever and brake stand / gas control valve.

Three different colour versions are offered: maroon, green, and black. Each version also features an attractive contrasting colour lining. The UK RRP is £1695.00 including shipping, duty, VAT and UK warranty support. It is exclusively available in the UK from our Herefordshire office.

Specifications:

Scale: 7/8ths” to 1 foot (1:13.7)
Length: 208 mm (8.19 inches)
Width: 110.5 mm (4.35 inches)
Height: 181.6 mm (7.15 inches)
Weight: TBA
Min Radius: 2′ radius
Gauge: Adjustable to either 32 mm or 45mm
Boiler: Centre Flue
Working Pressure: 60 psi
1/2” Pressure Gauge
Water sight glass
Full backhead detail
Slide valve cylinders with fixed cut-off
Full Walschaerts valve gear
Fuel: Butane Gas

Colours available subject to production batch:

B77-531 Decauville 0-4-0T in Maroon
B77-532 Decauville 0-4-0T in Green
B77-533 Decauville 0-4-0T in Black

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Accucraft March News

IT’S SHOWTIME!

As we start a new garden railway season it may be worth noting that we will be attending a number of exhibitions in 2017.  We also have news of a number of ‘open box’ items available at discounted prices.

MIDLANDS GARDEN RAIL SHOW – WARWICKSHIRE EXHIBITION CENTRE

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th March 2017

The Show for larger scales covers O Gauge, G Scale, Gauge 1 and 16mm and more… see live steam, gas & coal fired locomotives. The exhibition attracts enthusiasts from all over the UK.  The event provides inspiration if you are planning your garden railway and has all the ideas you could possibly need.  You can see full details here.

NATIONAL GARDEN RAILWAY SHOW – PETERBOROUGH

Saturday 8th April 2017, 10am – 5pm.

The big one!  17 layouts, over 100 trade stands and the opportunity to drive a 15″ gauge locomotive on site!  We will have our usual large display and will be accompanied by the full size Decauville being built by North Bay Railway Engineering, similar to the 1:13.7 model we will be supplying!  You can see full details here.

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G1MRA 70th ANNIVERSARY SHOW – WARWICKSHIRE EXHIBITION CENTRE

Saturday 3rd June 2017

Large event with up to 4 working layouts. Surrey Oval, Stanley Midland, Dobson Bridge. Gauge 3 Society attending with Blackgang exhibition track almost 100′ in length. Tinplate exhibition track, 16mm Association Talks by Surrey Group. Plenty of Trade support. This event will be open to the public.

LLANFAIR GARDEN RAILWAY SHOW – LLANFAIR CAERENION

Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd September 2017

Another ‘must attend’ event, once again being held on the same weekend at the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway Gala, now being held over three days.  Every operating engine will be in use.  Traction engines, steam cars and lorries, a model railway exhibition, demonstrations and trade stands, and a shuttle bus to the  Llanfair Garden railway Show up the hill at Llanfair High School.

G1MRA AGM & TRADE SHOW – GODMANCHESTER

Saturday 14th October 2017

Wood Green  Animal Centre, Godmanchester. Open to the public. Two working layouts.  More information to follow.

‘OPEN BOX’ ITEMS AVAILABLE

We currently have a number of ‘open box’ locomotives for sale.  All items listed as ‘open box’ may have been used for trade show demonstration, photographic, display, or other similar use. Some items may be repairs of slightly damaged models and are so noted. Quantities are limited. Locomotives have been tested and are in operable condition. No broken or missing parts unless otherwise specified. All Warranties Apply. Models are available for direct purchase only. Please check back regularly for newly listed items!

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S19-26BU  W & L No. 14 2-6-2T – W&L BLUE – £1,500.00

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S19-26O   W & L No. 14 2-6-2T – GOLDEN OCHRE – £1,500.00

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S19-26R   W & L No. 14 2-6-2T – MADDER LAKE – £1,500.00

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S19-1  WD BALDWIN 4-6-0 – 45mm GAUGE – £1,300.00

AL88-136  C19 2-8-0 RGS #41 Black, Electric (1:20.3 Scale) – £1,995.00

AL97-203  Southern Pacific M-6 2-6-0 #1744 (1:32 scale) Live Steam – £1,995.00

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Accucraft February News

Gauge 1 price increases, A4, Black 5 and ‘Victory’

Unfortunately due to the ‘Brexit’ effect and the large decrease in the value of Sterling against the US Dollar we have had to review the costs of the above projects and have no alternative but to raise the recommended retail prices. These will be finalised at time of production but we think (assuming Sterling falls no further) they will be in the region of the following: A4 – £3,750; Black 5 – £2,750; and ‘Victory’ – £1275. These prices include VAT.

Please contact the retailer you placed your order with to confirm your order. We will require the confirmed orders by 1st March for ‘Victory’ and the 3rd April for the A4 and Black 5.

Since the A4 and Black 5 both require further re-tooling these models have had to be moved back in the production schedule.  However, this does mean that ‘Victory’, which is fully tooled, will be the next model after the ⅞ths” scale Bagnall to go into production.

Draft Fans

Ideal for those with an alcohol problem (meths-firing that is!), these battery-powered fans induce a draft when lighting up an internally fired locomotive and can be used for most Gauge 1, 1:32 Scale models.  The UK RRP is £85.00 and they are now in stock.

Draft Fan

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Accucraft (US) New Year Specials

Accucraft (US) has extended the special offers into the New Year and added a few more mouth-watering packages into the bargain.  Take a look at these 1:20 scale bargain bundles:

‘Dora’ 0-4-0T + two Iron Mountain coal cars just £399.00

AC77-101 Dora 5

Heisler WSL #3, Live Steam + two Short Logging Cars just £3150.00

AL87-760 Heisler 5

Plantation Engine 0-4-2 ‘IUKI’ + two items of Rolling Stock just £999.00

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Free Rolling Stock: choose either two AM32-110A Short Flat Car or two AM20-110A Iron Mountain Coal Car

Shay 28T Class B, Oil Burning Bunker + two Logging Disconnect Cars just £2499.00

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Baldwin 4-4-0 – Black Unlettered, Live Steam + two Box Cars just £2399.00

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For box car choices, see the Accucraft US website

Mogul 2-6-0, Live Steam + two Box Cars just £2199.00

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Choose from AC77-411 Nevada Shortline, AC77-420 NCNG Unlettered, AC77-421 NCNG #2 Lake Brown or AC77-422 RGS #11 Black and add two free box cars from the list on the Accucraft US website

Mogul 2-6-0 D&RG #27 ‘Poncha’ Live Steam + two Box Cars just £2399.00

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Choose two free box cars from the Accucraft US website

Don’t miss out, some of this stock is in limited supply and when they’re gone, they’re gone!  Contact our Herefordshire office now on 01981 241380 or via info@accucraft.uk.com
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Accucraft December News

May we wish everyone a Happy Christmas and pleasant New Year.  We are delighted to say that we have received the first tranche of our models of Welshpool & Llanfair Railway No.14.  Due to a slight confusion over colour codes the first red examples were delivered wearing a rather fetching golden ochre!  The red ones will be delivered after Christmas (with the rest of the batch) so those people who pre-ordered just need to check with their preferred dealer.  We will now be offering the golden ochre examples with the product code S19-26O for manual examples, S19-27O for radio control fitted ones – contact your retailer to reserve yours now, this will definitely be a very limited edition!

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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.  You can find full details of the model here.

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