Accucraft April News

Welcome to our April bulletin. This month we bring you news of the arrival of the first Aster-Accucraft BR 5MTs, further images of the Adams Radial Tank, our 2019 open day, an announcement at the National Garden Railway Show and some discontinued UK stock still available from California.

Now in stock!  Aster-Accucraft 5MTs

5MT kits now in stock, RTR version due shortly.  The Aster-Accucraft BR 9F (now sold out) was followed up by a short re-run of the BR Standard class 5MT. This new version  features a high-sided BR 1C tender and is available in both lined black and lined green liveries. Kits from Accucraft (UK) Ltd. are unlettered and without emblem/crest for your choice (decals included). Ready to Run models will represent No. 73096 in lined green, as preserved on the Mid Hants Railway, and the Bluebell Railway’s No. 73082 Camelot in lined black.  Note, although No. 73096 is currently running with a ‘hybrid’ BR1G tender, it ran with a BR1C tender when it was in BR service. No. 73156 is also preserved on the Great Central Railway and is currently in traffic there.

Aster Hobby Co only made 170 units back in 2010 allowing for a further run; with the high-sided tender the model is perfect for representing the British Railways Southern Region ‘Arthurs’ which acquired the names of scrapped Southern Railway N15 ‘King Arthurs’ (the Southern Region examples required high capacity tenders because of the lack of water troughs in the region).  The 5MT will be an ideal companion for the Accucraft UK range of Gauge 1 (1:32 scale) rolling stock.  Call us now to order one!

1:32 Scale Adams Radial Tank for 2019

This will be the first Accucraft model to benefit from assembly in Japan, bringing improved build quality and finish as well as giving us the option to offer the model in kit form, a first for Accucraft UK!.  Launched to coincide with the Bluebell Railway’s ‘Branch Line Weekend’ debut of No. 30583 in late BR black, we are sure that almost everyone with a Gauge 1 layout will find an excuse to have one of these delightful locomotives.

With London suburban services in mind, William Adams’ 415 Class was based on his earlier LSWR 46 Class, with a trailing radial axle added to support an enlarged coal bunker. Coupled to a short wheelbase and guiding bogie, the locomotive could accommodate tight curves, a feature that was to ensure the survival of some of the class later on. The 0415’s tenure on the London suburban services was relatively short-lived and with the introduction of Drummond’s M7 class 0-4-4 tanks and the class was generally removed to rural branch duties from 1895. In 1903 the link was made between the class and the severely curved Lyme Regis branch where the ‘Radials’ proved to be highly suited to that line. Two were allocated to Exmouth Junction shed, joined in 1946 by a third example retrieved from the East Kent Railway. They continued on the Lyme Regis branch after Nationalisation but the end finally came in 1961. However the final example, No. 30583, was purchased by the Bluebell Railway and preserved.

The model is 1:32 scale for 45mm gauge track, gas-fired with a single flue boiler. The chassis is constructed from stainless steel, the wheels are uninsulated. The boiler is copper, the cab and bodywork are constructed from etched brass. The model will run round 4′ 6″ radius curves (TBC). The East Kent Railway version is only available from Kent Garden Railways. The anticipated UK RRP will be £1950.00 or £1995.00 for the RTR version (depending on livery), £1795.00 or £1850.00 for the kits – pre-order yours now!

Accucraft’s 2019 open day – Saturday 8th June

The format will be much the same, 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 will be supported by associated traders and stands.  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 will attend the National Garden Railway Show, 6th April

This is the big one!  We’ll bring an impressive range of Accucraft UK and US stock as well as the latest offerings from Aster-Accucraft.  We will also break some exciting news about 1:19 scale product releases for 2020 to give you all a bit of time to save up!  As ever, we look forward to seeing you at our stand, Y3 – yes, that’s right, we’re in the naughty corner again!

UK inventory remaining in California

A review of the inventory of UK outline stock remaining in Union City has thrown up some pleasant surprises.  In consequence we are able to offer a limited number of the following locomotives.

S19-19E L&B No. 760 EXE 2-6-2T, LINED SOUTHERN GREEN  – £1950.00
S19-19T L&B No. 761 TAW 2-6-2T – LINED SOUTHERN GREEN – £1950.00
S19-19Y L&B No. 759 YEO 2-6-2T – LINED SOUTHERN GREEN – £1950.00

S19-29A WD HUNSLET 4-6-0T (GAUGE 1) – BLACK – £1950.00
S19-29B WD HUNSLET 4-6-0T (0 GAUGE) – BLACK – £1950.00

S20-1G IoM MANNIN 2-4-0T LINED HOLLY GREEN – £1750.00
S20-1R IoM MANNIN 2-4-0T LINED INDIAN RED – £1750.00
E20-7G IoM MANNIN 2-4-0T LINED HOLLY GREEN (ELECTRIC) – £1600.00
E20-7R IoM MANNIN 2-4-0T LINED INDIAN RED (ELECTRIC) – £1600.00
E20-9R IoM MONA 2-4-0T LINED INDIAN RED – £1550.00

S32-12A BR (EX LNER) A1 TORNADO – BR APPLE GREEN, ‘BRITISH RAILWAYS’ – £3950.00

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Accucraft Mid-March Magic!

NEW for 2019 – L&SWR Adams Radial Tank 4-4-2T

To be announced by Accucraft UK today at the Large Scale Model Railway Show, we are thrilled and delighted to say that this year’s new 1:32 locomotive will the iconic L&SWR Adams Radial Tank 4-4-2T. This will be the first Accucraft model to benefit from assembly in Japan, bringing improved build quality and finish as well as giving us the option to offer the model in kit form, a first for Accucraft UK!.  Launched to coincide with the Bluebell Railway’s ‘Branch Line Weekend’ debut of No. 30583 in late BR black, we are sure that almost everyone with a Gauge 1 layout will find an excuse to have one of these delightful locomotives.

William Adams’ 415 (later 0415) Class was based on his earlier LSWR 46 Class, with London suburban services in mind. The enlarged coal bunker was also designed to incorporate a back tank for extra water storage in addition to the capacity of the side tanks.  Coupled to a short wheelbase and guiding bogie, the locomotive was relatively manoeuvrable on tight curves, a feature that was to ensure the survival of some of the class later on.  The 0415’s tenure on the London suburban services was relatively short-lived and the class was generally removed from the London section of the LSWR to rural branch duties from 1895.

In 1903 the link was made between the class and the severely curved Lyme Regis branch and two were allocated to Exmouth Junction shed for the Axminster to Lyme Regis service, joined in 1946 by a third example retrieved from the East Kent Railway. The three locomotives continued on the Lyme Regis branch after Nationalisation due to the lack of better motive power to cope with the curve restrictions in place on the line. By 1958 all three were showing their age, and the end finally came in 1961. However the final example, No. 30583 (née 488), was purchased by the Bluebell Railway.  After arriving at the line under its own steam it performed sterling work in two different LSWR guises, and in BR livery, up until 1990. At present it is displayed as a static exhibit, as extensive overhaul (probably involving replacement of the boiler barrel) is required before it can steam again but it was recently repainted in BR black for a branch line event held in 2019.

The model is 1:32 scale for 45mm gauge track, gas-fired with a single flue boiler. The chassis is constructed from stainless steel, the wheels are uninsulated, the boiler is copper. The model will run round 4′ 6″ radius curves (TBC). The East Kent Railway version is only available from Kent Garden Railways. The anticipated UK RRP will be £1950.00 or £1995.00 for the RTR version (depending on livery), £1795.00 or £1850.00 for the kits.

We’d like to thank David Fletcher for the marvellous drawings he has produced of this elegant locomotive.

You can find full details of the model here.

Accucraft’s 2019 open day – Saturday 8th June

The format will be much the same, 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 will be supported by associated traders and stands.  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.

Make sure you put the date in your diary!

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Accucraft March News

Welcome to our March bulletin.  This month we bring you news of the first 7/8ths” ‘Wren’ off the production line, our 2019 open day, an announcement at the Midlands Garden Railway Show, an extension to the offer of discounted rolling stock to accompany the new Aster-Accucraft Mikados and some discontinued UK stock still available from California.

The first ‘Wren’ off the production line!

The first ‘Wren’ off the production line is a green one!  Showing the small modifications made following feedback from social media, mainly to improve the cab ergonomics and reduce the visual impact of some of the cab fittings, we feel this image is worth a thousand words!  However, if you want these, take a look on the appropriate page!  Delivery of the batch is expected in April/May – make sure you don’t miss out.

Accucraft’s 2019 open day – Saturday 8th June

The format will be much the same, 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 will be supported by associated traders and stands.  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 will attend the Midlands Garden Railway Show – 16th – 17th March

At the show we will be announcing our new 1:32 locomotive – we feel sure that this one will be a winner!  Make sure you drop by the stand to pick up a data sheet and place an order.

Aster-Accucraft Light and Heavy Mikados – extended rolling stock offer

In association with Accucraft US we are running a special programme in conjunction with the new Aster-Accucraft Light and Heavy Mikados.  Any purchase of an Aster-Accucraft Light or Heavy Mikado, in kit form or RTR, entitles the customer to a 20% on any 1:32 U.S rolling stock to accompany the locomotive.

The Aster-Accucraft Mikados are available in a wide variety of road names, the Light Mikados have a UK RRP of £4550.00 RTR (£3550 in kit form) and the Heavy version carries a UK RRP of £4950.00 (£3950.00 in kit form).  You can find the full specification for both these models and a list of road names here.  The full inventory of US rolling stock available from our sister company in California (the full range is exclusively available from Accucraft UK) and availability can be found on the eStore

Terms and conditions: Offer only valid to buyers of an Aster-Accucraft Light Mikado or Heavy Mikado from Accucraft UK. Proof of purchase required. Second hand buyers are not eligible. Cannot be combined with other offers. Offer non-transferable. Subject to availability. Purchase of Mikado and rolling stock does not have to be at the same time. Program ends July 31st, 2019. Programme rules, terms, and dates subject to change without notice.

UK inventory remaining in California

A review of the inventory of UK outline stock remaining in Union City has thrown up some pleasant surprises.  In consequence we are able to offer a limited number of the following locomotives.

S19-19E L&B No. 760 EXE 2-6-2T, LINED SOUTHERN GREEN  – £1950.00
S19-19T L&B No. 761 TAW 2-6-2T – LINED SOUTHERN GREEN – £1950.00
S19-19Y L&B No. 759 YEO 2-6-2T – LINED SOUTHERN GREEN – £1950.00

S19-29A WD HUNSLET 4-6-0T (GAUGE 1) – BLACK – £1950.00
S19-29B WD HUNSLET 4-6-0T (0 GAUGE) – BLACK – £1950.00

S20-1G IoM MANNIN 2-4-0T LINED HOLLY GREEN – £1750.00
S20-1R IoM MANNIN 2-4-0T LINED INDIAN RED – £1750.00
E20-7G IoM MANNIN 2-4-0T LINED HOLLY GREEN (ELECTRIC) – £1600.00
E20-7R IoM MANNIN 2-4-0T LINED INDIAN RED (ELECTRIC) – £1600.00
E20-9R IoM MONA 2-4-0T LINED INDIAN RED – £1550.00

S32-12A BR (EX LNER) A1 TORNADO – BR APPLE GREEN, ‘BRITISH RAILWAYS’ – £3950.00

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Accucraft February News

Welcome to our February newsletter.  This month we bring you news of some bumper rolling stock bargains to be had if you purchase one of the new Aster-Accucraft Mikados

Aster-Accucraft Light and Heavy Mikados + discounted rolling stock

In association with Accucraft US we are running a special programme in conjunction with the new Aster-Accucraft Light and Heavy Mikados.  Any purchase of an Aster-Accucraft Light or Heavy Mikado, in kit form or RTR, entitles the customer to a 20% discount when purchasing either AAR Box Cars or 40’ Reefer Cars, up to a total of 24 cars.

The Aster-Accucraft Mikados are available in a wide variety of road names, the Light Mikados have a UK RRP of £4550.00 RTR (£3550 in kit form) and the Heavy version carries a UK RRP of £4950.00 (£3950.00 in kit form).  You can find the full specification for both these models and a list of road names here.

To go with these superb locomotives we can offer box cars or reefers of the appropriate type for just £95.00 (normal UK RRP £119.00), up to a total of 24 cars per locomotive purchased.  Accucraft UK can also supply the full inventory of US rolling stock available from our sister company in California, the full range is exclusively available from Accucraft UK and availability can be found on the eStore

1:32 40’ Reefer Cars

New Roadnames:

– AM32-517 Milwaukee Road (URTX reporting marks) 30004, 30316, 31053, 32042, 33109, 33700

– AM32-518 American Refrigerator Transit (ART reporting marks) 24006, 24164, 24251, 24330, 24410, 24441

Rerun Roadnames:

– AM32-509 Northern Pacific 91315, 91318, 91330, 91336, 91340, 91345

– AM32-511 Great Northern (Western Fruit Express) 68171, 68174, 68179, 68184, 68187, 68189

– AM32-512 New York Central (Merchants Dispatch) 9052, 9060, 9071, 9078, 9085, 9099

1:32 AAR Box Cars

New Roadnames:

– AM32-563 Erie Railroad 79000, 79007, 79025, 79069, 79108, 79155

– AM32-564 CB&Q 30005, 30068, 30199, 31234, 32555, 33807

– AM32-565 St. Louis Southwestern (SSW) 33700, 33715, 33745, 33769, 33821, 33849

– AM32-566 Southern Pacific (Overnight Service) 97675, 97704, 97823, 97937, 98012, 98061

Rerun Roadnames:

– AM32-561 New York Central 157161, 157287, 157376, 157483, 158065, 158072

– AM32-562 Great Northern 5017, 5044, 5115, 5166, 5279, 5280

Terms and conditions: Offer only valid to buyers of an Aster-Accucraft Light Mikado or Heavy Mikado from an authorized Aster-Accucraft Dealer. Proof of purchase required. Second hand buyers are not eligible. Only current 1:32 Box Car and Reefer Car inventory are eligible for program. Upcoming production of box cars and reefers can be pre-ordered. Cannot be combined with other offers. Offer non-transferable. Subject to availability. Purchase of Mikado and rolling stock does not have to be at the same time. Program ends July 31st, 2019. Programme rules, terms, and dates subject to change without notice.

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Accucraft January News

Welcome to our first bulletin of 2019.  This month we bring you news of changes to the supply of Gauge 1 locomotives, the arrival of the Baguley Drewry diesels, an update about Dolgoch and the discovery of some discontinued UK inventory in California!

1:32 Scale, Gauge 1 locomotives

After much consideration we have decided that the only way we can continue to serve the Gauge 1 market is to sell Accucraft locomotives direct.  This has not been an easy decision but it has been forced on us by new entrants in the market (models which are being sold direct into the UK by their importers) which have under-mined our ability to sell through our dealer network.  All future Accucraft 1:32 locomotives will only be available direct from us although our dealers will be happy to continue to supply you with our range of rolling stock.  The immediate consequence of this is that we are delighted to be able to offer the next batch of ‘Victories’ with a set of four RCH 7 Plank wagons for the original RRP of £1275.00, effectively reducing the price of the locomotive to just £975.00 (*wagons to be a selection of ‘Big Four’ or BR types); the power unit will be available with two wagons FOC on the same basis.  Rest assured this does not mean that we will abandon 1:32 Scale since, in addition to the Aster-Accucraft locomotives now available through us, we will be announcing new Accucraft (UK) types in the future as well.

S32-14A KERR STUART ‘VICTORY’ 0-6-0T – GWR GREEN – £1275.00 + FOUR FREE RCH WAGONS*
S32-14B KERR STUART ‘VICTORY’ 0-6-0T – GWR/BR BLACK – £1275.00 + FOUR FREE RCH WAGONS*
S32-14C KERR STUART ‘VICTORY’ 0-6-0T – BLACK – £1275.00 + FOUR FREE RCH WAGONS*

1:19 Scale Baguley Drewry diesels arrive!

After a long wait we are pleased to say that the next batch of Baguley Drewry diesels will arrive during the second week of January.  Once again available in five different colours or as just a power unit, please contact your local dealer to obtain one.  UK RRP £350.00, power unit £250.00.

E19-1B BAGULEY DREWRY 0-6-0 DIESEL – BLACK – £350.00
E19-1BU BAGULEY DREWRY 0-6-0 DIESEL – BLUE – £350.00
E19-1G BAGULEY DREWRY 0-6-0 DIESEL – GREEN – £350.00
E19-1R BAGULEY DREWRY 0-6-0 DIESEL – RED – £350.00
E19-1Y BAGULEY DREWRY 0-6-0 DIESEL – BLACK – £350.00
E19-2 BAGULEY DREWRY 0-6-0 POWER UNIT – £250.00

1:19 Scale Tallylyn Railway 0-4-0T Dolgoch

We are now able to share some of the final CAD renderings of Dolgoch with you.  Certain refinements have been carried out since we originally unveiled the locomotive, notably the moving of the reverser further forward in the cab to a more prototypical position.  UK RRP £1550, available in either 32mm or 45mm gauge, a percentage of the retail profit from each sale will be donated to the Talyllyn Railway for the future overhaul of Dolgoch, a higher percentage if the model is bought direct from Accucraft UK Ltd.  We would like to acknowledge the help we have received from Talyllyn Railway members in preparing the drawings for this model.  You can see full details of the model here.

UK inventory remaining in California

A review of the inventory of UK outline stock remaining in Union City has thrown up some pleasant surprises.  In consequence we are able to offer a limited number of the following locomotives.

S19-19E L&B No. 760 EXE 2-6-2T, LINED SOUTHERN GREEN  – £1950.00
S19-19T L&B No. 761 TAW 2-6-2T – LINED SOUTHERN GREEN – £1950.00
S19-19Y L&B No. 759 YEO 2-6-2T – LINED SOUTHERN GREEN – £1950.00

S19-29A WD HUNSLET 4-6-0T (GAUGE 1) – BLACK – £1950.00
S19-29B WD HUNSLET 4-6-0T (0 GAUGE) – BLACK – £1950.00

S20-1G IoM MANNIN 2-4-0T LINED HOLLY GREEN – £1750.00
S20-1R IoM MANNIN 2-4-0T LINED INDIAN RED – £1750.00
E20-7G IoM MANNIN 2-4-0T LINED HOLLY GREEN (ELECTRIC) – £1600.00
E20-7R IoM MANNIN 2-4-0T LINED INDIAN RED (ELECTRIC) – £1600.00

S32-12A BR (EX LNER) A1 TORNADO – BR APPLE GREEN, ‘BRITISH RAILWAYS’ – £3950.00

 

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Accucraft December News

May we wish everyone a Happy Christmas and pleasant New Year.  This month we bring you news of our new 1:19 scale locomotive, Dolgoch, for 2019, the arrival of Mona, our contribution to the War Office Locomotive Trust and raising funds for Peter at Amberley.  We are also listing some end of season bargains to be had, just before Christmas!

New for 2019 – Dolgoch in 1:19 Scale

In 2013 we were approached to produce all the Talyllyn Railway locomotives as a commission and although this never came to fruition we had worked up the concepts and designs with a view to producing them of our own accord.  Due to developments within the trade we have decided that, rather than waste all this effort, we would bring the first of these, Dolgoch, to the market in 2019.

Dolgoch was built by Fletcher, Jennings & Co. in 1866 and is one of the oldest locomotives still in active service.  The locomotive was renamed Pretoria between about 1900 and 1914 in celebration of the relief of that township in South Africa by Lord Roberts during the Boer War. In early 1945, Dolgoch was sent to the Atlas Foundry in Shrewsbury to be overhauled. At this time, the railway’s only other locomotive Talyllyn was so worn out it could not be safely operated and services on the railway were suspended. Dolgoch returned to service in September 1945. Dolgoch was the only operable locomotive from 1945 until 1952, when Edward Thomas was restored for use.  Between 1954 and 1963, the locomotive underwent a major overhaul.  Dolgoch returned to service in late 1999 after a further overhaul involving firebox repairs and an extensive mechanical overhaul, including the fitting of air braking equipment, the last Talyllyn steam loco to be so equipped.  After receiving a new boiler in 2011, it ran in Crimson Lake livery until 2015 when along with its sister locomotive Talyllyn it was repainted in ‘Indian Red’ livery.

A percentage of the retail profit from each sale will be donated to the Talyllyn Railway for the future overhaul of Dolgoch, a higher percentage if the model is bought direct from Accucraft UK Ltd.  We would like to acknowledge the help we have received from Talyllyn Railway members in preparing the drawings for this model.  Photo courtesy of Geoff Loynes.

The model is built to a scale of 16mm:1′ (1:19 scale) and follows our standard design brief being internally gas-fired with a centre flue boiler. The model will not be gauge adjustable but will be available in either 32mm (‘O’ gauge) or 45mm (‘1′ gauge) and will not have insulated wheels. The axles run in bronze bearings and all the rods and valve gear (simplified Stephenson) will be manufactured from stainless steel.  The cab roof flips up and over sideways to give access to the gas and water, the lubricator filler will be in one of the bunkers. The copper boiler is fitted with a gauge glass (with blow down) and the displacement lubricator has an under-floor drain valve.  The model is built from stainless steel and brass. The model will be available in TR green, ‘Atlas Foundry’ green or red.  UK RRP £1550.00, due for delivery Q2/Q3 2019

You can find full details of the model here.

Last call for the Isle of Man!

Mona is due for delivery shortly.  We have now produced a fair cross-section of Isle of Man 2-4-0Ts and Mona is likely to be the last one we make.  All the Indian Red ones are pre-sold (both live steam and electric) and there aren’t many Ailsa Green ones unspoken for so don’t miss out!  This really is the last call for the Isle of Man 2-4-0T!

£3000 donated to the War Office Locomotive Trust

Our ‘museum quality’ 1:19 scale locomotive for 2018 was the WD Hunslet 4-6-0T and we are pleased to say the model proved enormously popular.  Having worked with the Trust to produce such an accurate model it was only appropriate that we gave a little something back and at the Warley exhibition in November (where No. 1215/303 was on show), Graham Langer, Managing Director of Accucraft UK Ltd., was delighted to hand over a cheque for £3000 to Ian Hughes, the prime mover behind the locomotive’s repatriation from Australia.

Speaking beside the prototype, Graham Langer said, “Accucraft has a long tradition of working with the preservation movement, having previously supported all three ‘Tracks to the Trenches’ WW1 events, the construction of ‘new builds’ Lyd, Lyn and Tornado and a host of smaller projects; we were happy to be able to contribute to the restoration of No. 303 and are grateful to all those who bought the scale model and thus supported our efforts.”

Ian Hughes responded, saying, “With the final bills from the rebuild only recently cleared, this donation is very well timed and much appreciated, it makes a great start on building up funds in case of any maintenance issues and also to create a reserve for 10 years’ time when the next boiler overhaul becomes due. For this we thank not only Graham and Accucraft but all those who have supported us by purchasing one of these incredibly detailed models that really capture the feel of the original.”

Raising funds for Peter

“A Bagnall for a Bagnall” – We have donated a rather unique variant of our 7/8ths” Scale Bagnall saddle tank to Amberley Museum in West Sussex.  The museum is raising funds to restore Peter, a cabless version of our model so we thought we’d see what ours looked like in the same condition.

Peter was originally commissioned by the war office for forestry operations in Cumbria, then after several owners was purchased by the Cliffe Hill Quarry, Leicestershire in 1922, where it is believed that Peter was named after the owner’s son.  In 1954 Peter was acquired by the Narrow Gauge Railway Society and eventually joined the Brockham collection in 1965. Peter was moved to Amberley in 1982 and after a lengthy restoration project led by Doug Bentley and members of the Amberley rail group, Peter became operational at the museum in 1994.

To this day Peter has been a hugely popular attraction for young and old alike, pulling the Santa Express at Christmas, giving mums and dads a once in a lifetime opportunity to drive a steam engine on Mothering Sunday and Father’s Day; as well as running at many of our major events.

The time has now come when Peter is in need of boiler repairs and a full service, with costs expected to reach up to £40,000. The museum has started a Peter restoration fundraising campaign, and has already received donations from Cliffe Hill Quarry and the Narrow Gauge Society.  If you’d like to bid for this unique Accucraft locomotive (which will be supplied with the original cab and chimney should the new owner wish to re-fit them), just download the sealed bid auction form here and return it to Amberley Museum.

Sale items still available

We still have some bargains left if you missed out this summer so email us or ring us if you would like any of the following items:

S19-26G W & L No. 14 2-6-2T – GREEN – £1450.00
S19-1 WD BALDWIN 4-6-0T – BLACK (45MM GAUGE) – £1200.00
S78-3B BAGNALL 0-4-0ST – BLACK (7/8ths” SCALE) – £1100.00
S78-3G BAGNALL 0-4-0ST – GREEN (7/8ths” SCALE) – £1100.00
S78-3R BAGNALL 0-4-0ST – RED (7/8ths” SCALE) – £1100.00
S32-14A KERR STUART ‘VICTORY’ 0-6-0T – GWR GREEN – £1275.00 + FOUR FREE RCH WAGONS*
S32-14B KERR STUART ‘VICTORY’ 0-6-0T – GWR/BR BLACK – £1275.00 + FOUR FREE RCH WAGONS*
S32-14C KERR STUART ‘VICTORY’ 0-6-0T – BLACK – £1275.00 + FOUR FREE RCH WAGONS*
R19-20 L & B 3rd CLASS CENTRE OBSERVATION COACH – £125.00
R19-21 L & B COMPOSITE COACH – £125.00 (these coaches have water-damaged boxes)

‘Open box’ US items

B77-531 Decauville Type 1, 3-ton 0-4-0T Red – 1:13.7 (last one) – £1595.00
AM54-016 Jackson & Sharp coaches, D&RGW Yellow Single Strip – £225.00 each
AM31-391 Wheel & Tie Car Red Unlettered – £120.00
AM2201-09 Box Car – D&RGW Flying Rio Grande Logo #3337 – £120.00

We also have a number of repaired Mk1 coaches (they had loose interiors) available for £225.00, mainly SOs and FKs – please enquire about availability.

* The four RCH wagons will be your choice of four different types of ‘Big Four’ or BR liveries – £300.00 worth of wagons free if you buy a ‘Victory’!

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Accucraft November News

Welcome to our November news update.  The heading image is a small tribute to the men of the Light Railways Operating Division who lost their lives in World War 1.  As we approach the centenary of the end of this bloody conflict it is worth remembering the sacrifices made by so many to bring it to an end.  We are lucky to have preserved examples of both WD Baldwins and Alcos in the UK and Europe and the recent recommissioning of No. 1215 has filled a further gap, adding a WD Hunslet 4-6-0T to the roll call.  We have just a couple of 32mm gauge examples left to purchase, and remember, every sale contributes to the restoration cost of No. 1215!

Last call for U.S. stock for Christmas!

If you fancy something American in your stocking this year we are planning one last shipment from California before the festive season.  There are 1:32 freight cars to go with the new Aster-Accucraft Light Mikados, 1:20.3 locomotives and rolling stock as well as the last few Aster-Accucraft 9Fs – don’t miss out!  You can check availability through the eStore.

Sale items still available

We still have some bargains left if you missed out this summer so email us or ring us if you would like any of the following ‘open box’ items:

S19-26O W & L No. 14 2-6-2T – GOLDEN OCHRE – £1450.00
S19-26G W & L No. 14 2-6-2T – GREEN – £1450.00
S19-1 WD BALDWIN 4-6-0T – BLACK (45MM GAUGE) – £1200.00
S78-3B BAGNALL 0-4-0ST – BLACK (7/8ths” SCALE) – £1100.00
S78-3G BAGNALL 0-4-0ST – GREEN (7/8ths” SCALE) – £1100.00
S78-3R BAGNALL 0-4-0ST – RED (7/8ths” SCALE) – £1100.00
S32-14A KERR STUART ‘VICTORY’ 0-6-0T – GWR GREEN – £1075.00
S32-14C KERR STUART ‘VICTORY’ 0-6-0T – BLACK – £1075.00
R19-20 L & B 3rd CLASS CENTRE OBSERVATION COACH – £125.00
R19-21 L & B COMPOSITE COACH – £125.00 (these coaches have water-damaged boxes)

‘Open box’ US items

B77-531 Decauville Type 1, 3-ton 0-4-0T Red – 1:13.7 (last one) – £1595.00
AM54-016 Jackson & Sharp coaches, D&RGW Yellow Single Strip – £225.00 each
AM31-391 Wheel & Tie Car Red Unlettered – £120.00
AM2201-09 Box Car – D&RGW Flying Rio Grande Logo #3337 – £120.00

We also have a number of repaired Mk1 coaches (they had loose interiors) available for £225.00, mainly SOs and FKs – please enquire about availability.

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Accucraft October News

Welcome to our October newsletter.  This month we bring you the first images of the Aster-Accucraft BR 5MT 4-6-0 with BR1C tender, further news of our new generic locomotives and a ‘last call’ for the 7/8ths” scale Forney which is now in production.

Aster-Accucraft BR 5MT 4-6-0

Robert Riddles was tasked to produce new standard locomotive designs for the fledgling British Railways, totalling 12 new classes. The BR 5MT was based on the very successful LMS ‘Class 5’ mixed traffic design, the ‘Black Five’ introduced in 1934. However the BR 5MT had the advantage of nearly 20 years progress in steam locomotive development. Consequently the general layout for crew comfort, ease of disposal and shed maintenance were all much improved.

No fewer than 172 BR 5MT were built for use throughout the UK of which 30 were constructed with cam operated rotary Poppet valves driven by Caprotti valve gear. The only other significant difference between the locomotives was the variation in tenders chosen to suit local operating requirements. Some were painted BR green and 20 on the Southern Region carried names.  The BR 5MT was a true Mixed Traffic design being equally at home on an express passenger services as well as local passenger trains and fast freight operations.

The Aster-Accucraft BR 9F is to be followed up by a short re-run of the BR Standard class 5MT. This new version will now feature a high-sided BR 1C tender and will be available in both lined black and lined green liveries. Kits from Accucraft (UK) Ltd. will be unlettered and without emblem/crest for your choice (decals included). Ready to Run models will represent preserved No. 73096 in lined green and the Bluebell Railway’s No. 73082 Camelot in lined black.  Aster Hobby Co only made 170 units back in 2010 allowing for a further run; with the high-sided tender the model is perfect for representing the British Railways Southern Region ‘Arthurs’ which acquired the names of scrapped Southern Railway N15 ‘King Arthurs’ (the Southern Region examples required high capacity tenders because of the lack of water troughs in the region).  The 5MT will be an ideal companion for the Accucraft UK range of Gauge 1 (1:32 scale) rolling stock.  Available later this year, make your reservation with us now!

AST-107.BK – BR 5MT 4-6-0 Black – alcohol fired – KIT – £3200.00
AST-107.BR – BR 5MT 4-6-0 Black, No. 73082 Camelot – alcohol fired – RTR – £4200.00
AST-107.GK – BR 5MT 4-6-0 Green – alcohol fired – KIT – £3200.00
AST-107.GR – BR 5MT 4-6-0 Green, No. 73096 – alcohol fired – RTR – £4200.00

You can find full details of this model here.

G1MRA AGM and show

This year the Gauge 1 Model Railway Association will be holding its AGM and show at Woking on Saturday 20th October.  We will be present with our stand and look forward to seeing you there.  The show is open to non-G1MRA members so why not come along, say “hello” and find out what Gauge 1 has to offer?

You can find full details of the show here.

‘Talgarth’ & ‘Sabrina’ – ‘Ragleth’ reborn!

Last month we brought you news of our new generic 1:19 scale locomotives and illustrated the piece with an image of ‘Talgarth’.  This month we are delighted to share an illustration of ‘Sabrina’, the saddle tank.

Both are freelance locomotives with design inspirations from Manning Wardle aimed at providing a robust, entry level model which is easy to maintain and operate. Although the design is still outside-framed it now has the sophistication of simplified Walschaerts valve gear and slide valve cylinders for a smoother performance and enhanced delivery of power. As before, we will also be offering the power unit (complete with boiler) as an ideal starting point for those who might wish to scratch-build their own body in 1:19 or even 1:13.7 scale.  The target UK RRP is £950.00 with delivery anticipated in the first half of 2019.  You can find the full specification here.

Last call for the 7/8ths” scale ‘Forney’!

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.  The model is now in production so this is your last chance to order one!

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Accucraft September News

Welcome to our September newsletter.  At last we are able to break the news of next year’s 7/8ths” Scale model – a Kerr Stuart ‘Wren’!  In other news we also unveil the reincarnation of ‘Ragleth’ and an upgraded and more sophisticated tank and saddle tank engine.

Kerr Stuart ‘Wren’ Live Steam 0-4-0ST in 7/8ths” Scale

Accucraft Trains is pleased to announce this locomotive in 7/8ths” to the foot (1:13.7) scale live steam. Our thanks and appreciation to both Graham Langer and Ian Pearse for their assistance in the development of this model. In the UK the model has been produced in association with Kent Garden Railways and will only available from them or direct from Accucraft (UK).

Kerr Stuart produced 163 ‘Wren’ type locomotives before they ceased trading in 1930 and a further four were constructed thereafter by Hunslets. The ‘Wrens’ owe their origin to the ‘Buya’ class of 1903 although the type encompassed a huge number of variations including inside and outside frames and inside and outside valve gear. Our model is based on the 2’ gauge ‘new type’ developed in 1915 with inside frames, Hackworth valve gear and cast-iron wheels fitted with steel tyres. A few ‘early’ type ‘Wrens’ survive around the world and half a dozen ‘late types’ have been preserved, five of them in the UK.

The model is internally gas fired and has slide valve cylinders with working Hackworth valve gear. The boiler is fitted with a water gauge with blow down valve, lubricator and pressure gauge. It will be available in 45mm gauge (gauge 1) only. The model will be available black, blue, green and red with a UK RRP of £1650.00.  You can find the full specification here.

‘Talgarth’ & ‘Sabrina’ – ‘Ragleth’ reborn!

We are delighted to announce not one, but two, new generic 0-4-0 locomotives for 16mm (1:19) scale. After many years in production we felt was time to completely revise the ‘Ragleth’ design, hundreds of which have appeared in the guise of ‘Edrig’, ‘Caradoc’, ‘Mortimer’, ‘Ragleth’ and, most recently, ‘Jedrig’.

In consequence we can now offer you ‘Talgarth’ the tank engine and ‘Sabrina’ the saddle tank (you’ll note that we are still drawing names from Wales and the Welsh Marches!). Both are freelance locomotives with design inspirations from Manning Wardle aimed at providing a robust, entry level model which is easy to maintain and operate. Although the design is still outside-framed it now has the sophistication of simplified Walschaerts valve gear and slide valve cylinders for a smoother performance and enhanced delivery of power. As before, we will also be offering the power unit (complete with boiler) as an ideal starting point for those who might wish to scratch-build their own body in 1:19 or even 1:13.7 scale.  The target UK RRP is £950.00 with delivery anticipated in the first half of 2019.  You can find the full specification here.

 

 

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Accucraft August News

Welcome to our August newsletter.  This month we bring two important news stories.  Firstly we have been appointed Aster-Accucraft dealers and secondly the production prototype of the WD Hunslet broke cover at this year’s very successful ‘Tracks to the Trenches’ event in July.

Accucraft (UK) Ltd, appointed Aster-Accucraft dealer

Accucraft UK, in association with Accucraft Trains, has a track record of producing high-quality British outline locomotives and rolling stock for the Gauge 1 market, as well as distributing the US range and the products of Accucraft (DE) and Accucraft (AUS) in the UK.  The acquisition of the Gauge 1 Model Company’s range further expanded the company’s commitment to 1:32 scale, bringing affordable, ready-to-run rolling stock to the market.

As a consequence of the new collaboration between Aster Hobby Co. Inc. (Japan) and Accucraft Trains (USA), we are delighted to announce that we have also been appointed Aster-Accucraft dealers for the UK, further enhancing the range of products we can offer our customers.  Aster Hobby needs no introduction, their locomotives are often regarded as the bench mark for 1:32 live steam and the recent release of a batch of 9Fs is the first co-operative project between Aster Hobby and Accucraft Trains. Aster’s experience and expertise in producing the finest kit models has been combined with Accucraft’s component manufacturing and production skills to produce the Aster-Accucraft BR 9F. Like all Aster models it was offered in both kit form and as a fully assembled, ready to run model and has been well-received by the Gauge 1 community.

We are pleased to say that Aster Hobbies (UK) has now joined the ranks of Accucraft dealers will now be able to offer its customers the Accucraft UK range as well.  Aster-Accucraft products will only be available direct from Accucraft (UK) Ltd. or Aster Hobbies (UK).

USRA Light Mikado 2-8-2

Due for release shortly will be an up-graded version of the Light Mikado.  The original Aster Light Mikado was produced in 1999 and was offered in a basic version with available upgrades (see the Accucraft US website for a list of new features that have been added to this new updated design). Production quantity will be limited to 60 units and it will be available in both unlettered and ‘road-named’ versions.  This is a powerful and easily constructed kit based on one of Aster Hobby Co’s most successful designs for the North American market.  The USRA Mikados are perfect to accompany the Accucraft US range of 1:32 rolling stock – please enquire about current availability.  You can find full details of the Aster-Accucraft Light Mikado here.

UK RRP to be £3550.00 for the kits and £4550.00 for the RTR, due late September.

BR Standard Class 5MT 4-6-0

The USRA light Mikado will be followed in October by a short re-run of the BR Standard class 5MT. This new version will now feature a high-sided BR 1C tender and will be available in both lined black and lined green liveries. Kits from Accucraft (UK) Ltd. will be unlettered and without emblem/crest for your choice (decals included). Ready to Run models will represent preserved No. 73096 in lined green and the Bluebell Railway’s No. 73082 Camelot in lined black.  Aster Hobby Co only made 170 units back in 2010 allowing for a further run; with the high-sided tender the model is perfect for representing the British Railways Southern Region ‘Arthurs’ which acquired the the names of scrapped Southern Railway N15 ‘King Arthurs’ (the Southern Region examples required high capacity tenders because of the lack of water troughs in the region).  The 5MT will be an ideal companion for the Accucraft UK range of Gauge 1 (1:32 scale) rolling stock.

UK RRP is expected to be kits at £3200.00 and RTR at £4200.00.

USRA Heavy Mikado 2-8-2

Finally, for the close of 2018 we anticipate the release of a batch of the new USRA heavy Mikado. This model will share many of the same improved features as the Light Mikado but with the larger boiler casing, larger smokebox and cab of the Heavy Mikado. Production quantity limited to 160 units.

BR 9F 2-10-0

There are still a few Aster-Accucraft BR 9Fs available, please enquire about availability.  The British Railways BR Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 was designed for British Railways by Robert Riddles for use on fast, heavy freight trains over long distances. The total number built was 251. The last of the class, 92220 ‘Evening Star’, was the final steam locomotive to be built by British Railways, in 1960. Withdrawals began in 1964, with the final locomotives removed from service in 1968. Several examples have survived into the preservation.

This is the first co-operative project between Aster Hobby Co. Inc. (Japan) and Accucraft Trains (USA). Aster’s experience and expertise in producing the finest kit models has been combined with Accucraft’s component manufacturing and production skills to produce the Aster-Accucraft BR 9F. This model is offered in both kit form and as a fully assembled, ready to run model. As a kit, the components are fully painted and detailed (according to the version offered), all machining is done, and the boiler is fully assembled and pressure tested.  You can find full details here.

Double debut at ‘Tracks to the Trenches’!

We managed to effect a ‘double debut’ at this year’s hugely successful ‘Tracks to the Trenches’ event at Apedale last month.  Alongside the War Department Locomotive Trust’s WD Hunslet No. 303 making its first public passenger carrying runs, we unveiled our own, 1:19 scale model of the class and were able to display the two together.  We are grateful to the WDLT for their assistance in creating the 16mm scale version and a percentage of the retail profit from the sale of these will be donated to the Trust.  The image shows Ian Hughes of the WDLT, Graham Langer (Accucraft UK) and No. 303 – both large and small!  A percentage of the retail profit from each UK sale will be donated to this locomotive, a greater percentage if ordered directly from us, Accucraft (UK) Ltd.  You can find full details of the model here but don’t delay ordering one, there are only a handful left available.

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