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)
AM32-604 C&O 3-Bay Hopper w/ End Scatter Shields, £95.00 (UK RRP £120.00):

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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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Accucraft October News

End of Season Sale!  The big news this month is that we are having an end of season clear out of older lines, ‘open box’ items and repaired stock, J&M Coaches make a welcome return, the G1MRA AGM and Show are looming and, after a very long gestation, the 7/8ths” Forney is finally in production!

End of season sale

As the summer draws to a close we like to review some of the ‘end of line’ items we have in stock as well as those which are discounted because they are ‘open box’ items (usually for photographic or show purposes) or because they have been returned to us for repair and thus cannot be sold as ‘new’.  There are some decent bargains among these offerings and most of the locomotives are one-off sales, being the ‘last of the line’.

S19-33B TR No.2 DOLGOCH 0-4-0T – ATLAS GREEN, 45MM GAUGE – OPEN BOX £1295.00 – SOLD
S19-33C TR No.2 DOLGOCH 0-4-0T – TR RED, 45MM GAUGE – OPEN BOX £1295.00 – SOLD

S19-14 LEADER 0-4-2ST – GREEN £850.00 – OPEN BOX – SOLD
S19-15 LEADER 0-4-2ST – BLUE £850.00 – OPEN BOX – SOLD

S19-26O W & L No. 14 2-6-2T – GOLDEN OCHRE £1,550.00 – OPEN BOX (RRP £1850.00) – SOLD

S20-9G IoM MONA 2-4-0T LINED – AILSA GREEN – OPEN BOX £1350.00 (RRP £1,550.00)
E20-9G IoM MONA 2-4-0T LINED – AILSA GREEN – ELECTRIC £1,325.00 – LAST ONE!

S19-29B WD HUNSLET 4-6-0T (0 GAUGE) – £1895.00 (RRP £2,275.00) – LAST ONE! – SOLD

S78-3B BAGNALL 0-4-0ST – BLACK (7/8ths” SCALE) – OPEN BOX £1095.00 (RRP £1,295.00)
S78-3BU BAGNALL 0-4-0ST – BLUE (7/8ths” SCALE) – REPAIRED ITEM £1050.00
S78-3G BAGNALL 0-4-0ST – LIGHT GREEN (7/8ths” SCALE) – OPEN BOX £1095.00

S78-4B KERR STUART WREN 0-4-0ST – BLACK (7/8ths” SCALE) – OPEN BOX £1445.00 (RRP £1,695.00)
S78-4BU KERR STUART WREN 0-4-0ST – BLUE (7/8ths” SCALE) – OPEN BOX £1445.00
S78-4G KERR STUART WREN 0-4-0ST – GREEN (7/8ths” SCALE) – OPEN BOX £1445.00
S78-4R KERR STUART WREN 0-4-0ST – MAROON (7/8ths” SCALE) – OPEN BOX £1445.00

E19-19E L & B No. 760 EXE 2-6-2T – SOUTHERN GREEN – ELECTRIC £1295.00 (RRP £1,550.00) – SOLD
E19-19T L & B No. 761 TAW 2-6-2T – SOUTHERN GREEN – ELECTRIC £1295.00 (RRP £1,550.00)
E19-19Y L & B No. 759 YEO 2-6-2T – SOUTHERN GREEN – ELECTRIC £1295.00 (RRP £1,550.00) – SOLD

R19-19 L & B 3rd CLASS COACH – REPAIRED ITEM £125.00 (RRP £150.00) – SOLD
R19-20 L & B 3rd CLASS CENTRE OBSERVATION COACH – REPAIRED ITEM £125.00 – SOLD
R19-21 L & B COMPOSITE COACH – REPAIRED ITEM £125.00 – SOLD
R19-13 W & L BOGIE SALOON COACH – CHOCOLATE & CREAM £175.00 (RRP £245.00) – SOLD
R19-14 W & L BOGIE BRAKE COACH – CHOCOLATE & CREAM £175.00 (RRP £245.00) – SOLD
R19-13G W & L BOGIE SALOON COACH – GREEN & CREAM £175.00 (RRP £245.00) – SOLD

R32-10D BR Mk1 2ND (SK) – GREEN £250.00 – REPAIRED ITEM £195.00 (RRP £250.00)
R32-12A BR Mk1 SECOND OPEN (SO) – MAROON – REPAIRED ITEM £195.00 – SOLD
R32-12B BR Mk1 SECOND OPEN (SO) – CARMINE & CREAM – REPAIRED ITEM £195.00 – SOLD
R32-12C BR Mk1 SECOND OPEN (SO) – CHOCOLATE & CREAM – REPAIRED ITEM £195.00 – SOLD
R32-12D BR Mk1 SECOND OPEN (SO) – GREEN – REPAIRED ITEM £195.00 – SOLD
R32-13A BR Mk1 FIRST CORRIDOR (FK) – MAROON – REPAIRED ITEM £195.00 – SOLD
R32-13B BR Mk1 FIRST CORRIDOR (FK) – CARMINE & CREAM – REPAIRED ITEM £195.00 – SOLD
R32-13C BR Mk1 FIRST CORRIDOR (FK) – CHOCOLATE & CREAM – REPAIRED ITEM £195.00 – SOLD

AM34-389 SIX PASSENGER CAR SET – CANADIAN PACIFIC 1:32 – £1695.00 (RRP £2040.00) – SOLD
AM54-016 JACKSON & SHARP COACH – D&RGW YELLOW 1:20.3 – £225.00 (RRP £275.00)
AM2201-08 BOX CAR – D&RGW MOFFAT LOGO 1:20.3 – £125.00 (RRP £175.00)
AM33-011A SHORT CABOOSE – D&RGW #0577 MOFFAT LOGO 1:20.3 – £125.00 (RRP £175.00)

Accucraft UK appointed J&M distributor

In association with the Accucraft factory, Bram Hengeveld of Exclusive Models is re-introducing the J&M Models brand and we are delighted to say that we have been appointed the UK agent. For those who may be unfamiliar with this range, J&M Models have, in the past, produced some of the most outstanding etched brass, 1:32 scale coaches, modelled on both British and European prototypes.  Initially there will be a small batch of Compagnie International de Wagons-Lits (CIWL) LX sleeping cars, bearing four different running numbers appropriate to the ‘Blue Train’; in the coming year all the different vehicles that made up the this iconic express train will be announced and produced.  These beautiful coaches will represent a second generation of J&M production with the use of improved materials, more detail but less weight than the originals. The axles will run in roller-bearings and the factory is working hard to produce an initial sample for the G1MRA AGM.  Exact specifications and prices will be available shortly.

G1MRA AGM and Show – 12th October, Stoneleigh

In many ways it has been a tumultuous year for our involvement in Gauge 1, bringing as it has the announcement of our new Radial Tank, delivery of the Aster-Accucraft 5MTs and Light and Heavy USRA Mikados, our appointment as the sole UK agent for the Aster range of locomotives and the consequent revelation that we will be producing not one, but two, new LNER locomotives under that banner in the next year.  Accucraft UK is now the premier supplier of 1:32 scale locomotives and rolling stock in the UK, incorporating the Accucraft US, AUS and DE ranges (and now J&M coaches) in the broad range of products we can now offer our customers.  For the Gauge 1 Model Railway Association, the focus of the year is the annual AGM and Show, held this time at the comfortably central location of the National Agricultural Showground at Stoneleigh Park.  We will be there and look forward to seeing you, showing you our new products and discussing your Gauge 1 requirements.

7/8ths” Forney 0-4-4 now in production

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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The future of Aster.

Despite rumours of its recent demise we’d like to assure Aster and Accucraft customers that Aster is alive and well and planning on growth!  Bing Cheng of Accucraft Trains and Fujii Susumu of Aster Hobby have issued the following joint statement.

What is the future of the Aster Brand?

Aster Hobby will continue to be Aster. Our mission is a continuation of Aster’s legacy of excellence in Gauge 1 model railways with Japanese design and manufacturing.

Since our first collaboration in 2016 with the 9F, Aster and Accucraft have tested multiple paths of design and production to develop future best practices. All of us at both companies have gained a wealth of knowledge from our successes and trials. In that time, we have established strong relationships with new top-tier Japanese vendors and we will continue to keep the high precision machine and fabrication work done in Japan. Our philosophy will be to always strive for the highest quality.

Aster Japan’s 45 years of experience and knowledge has been retained with their senior staff and we have dedicated resources to passing on the legacy with new designers. Mr. Fujii and his staff will continue to focus on new designs, supply chain management, and quality control. We will continue Aster’s principle of keeping spare parts and replacements available for many years following a project’s release.

What’s next?

We are proud to officially announce the next two Aster British locomotive projects with brand new designs: The LNER Class B1 (Mayflower) and the LNER Class P2 (Cock o’ the North) with the B1 release aiming for Christmas 2019 and the P2 for later 2020. These projects will be thoroughly tested and sample kits will be independently verified by trusted builders. Our British customers can count on Accucraft UK, the sole UK distributor of Aster and Accucraft, for all their sales and service needs.

Global distribution for Aster will continue to be based out of California and a list of our trusted network of distributors and dealers can be found on our webpage under dealers.

Our head of marketing, Channing, has been involved with Aster’s projects since our union began, working for years in both Japan and China. Along with the Japanese staff, he will take feedback on future projects for the UK, North America, and Europe.

Accucraft Trains will continue its mission of providing high quality affordable steam and electric models and rolling stock in various scales. Since our collaboration began, we’ve had the added benefit of improving Accucraft’s manufacturing process with higher quality Japanese parts. Ultimately, Aster Hobby will continue to supply the Gauge 1 hobby with top of the line collectable live steam models for many years to come.

Bing Cheng & Fujii Susumu 

Accucraft UK is now the sole agent for Aster Hobby products in the UK and will continue to supply spare parts to Aster customers for older Aster locomotives.  Despite rumours about the quality of the recent 5MT locomotives and kits we are still able to supply these, any models being sold through us will have been double-checked at our UK warehouse and come supported by our two-year warranty and an Accucraft boiler certificate.

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Accucraft September News

It was a hectic start to the month with the Llanfair Garden Railway Show, where it was great to see so many of you; the two new generic locomotives, Talgarth and Sabrina were very well received (see the forthcoming review in Garden Rail magazine) and it was surprising how many ‘Gauge Oners’ came out of the woodwork to view the expanded range of 1:32 items on display.  This month we bring you further news about Dolgoch, changes in the UK distribution of the Aster-Accucraft range and an early ‘heads up’ for the G1MRA AGM and show at Stoneleigh.

Dolgoch was here!  First batch now sold out…

We are pleased to say that our batch of Talyllyn Railway Dolgochs have completely sold out here.  However, all is not lost since we have a further batch under construction at the factory and even better, we will be producing a very limited number in the Indian Red livery – make sure you reserve one with your preferred dealer!  Due to the recent slide in the value of Sterling these final examples will now carry a UK RRP of £1595.00. The locomotive will be followed by Talyllyn Railway No.1 Talyllyn early next year so make sure you have reserved one of those as well!  Suitable rolling stock kits are available from I P Engineering.

Versions available, limited final production:

S19-32A  Dolgoch 0-4-0T Live Steam, 32mm Gauge – TR Green
S19-32B  Dolgoch 0-4-0T Live Steam, 32mm Gauge – Atlas Green
S19-32C  Dolgoch 0-4-0T Live Steam, 32mm Gauge – TR Red
S19-32D  Dolgoch 0-4-0T Live Steam, 32mm Gauge – Indian Red
S19-33A  Dolgoch 0-4-0T Live Steam, 45mm Gauge – TR Green
S19-33B  Dolgoch 0-4-0T Live Steam, 45mm Gauge – Atlas Green
S19-33C  Dolgoch 0-4-0T Live Steam, 45mm Gauge – TR Red
S19-33D  Dolgoch 0-4-0T Live Steam, 45mm Gauge – Indian Red

The distribution of Aster-Accucraft products in the UK

Due to changes within the Gauge 1 market, we are pleased to say that Accucraft UK is now the sole UK agent for Aster-Accucraft products and we will be introducing a range of new products in the forthcoming months.  Existing Aster buyers are not forgotten and we will continue to supply spare parts for older Aster locomotives (if they are still available) from the inventory in Japan – our existing customers will attest to the fact that we have been providing this service since we were appointed Aster-Accucraft dealers.  There has been some suggestion that the 5MT kits may not be up to snuff but as far as we know all those we have supplied have gone together without too much trouble – as ever, the models are covered by our two year warranty and an Accucraft boiler certificate.  Although we are currently out of stock of RTR 5MTs we can have one built up by one of our experienced Aster builders in a fairly short time, customised to your specification.  Our time-served Aster repair agents are on hand if anyone needs any help!  Remember that both the Light and Heavy Mikados are still available in kit and RTR form and we can supply a broad range of 1:32 scale US rolling stock to enhance them!

A train for Kathleen!

Following discussions at the Llanfair show we are delighted to say that Ivan Prior will be producing a range of Cavan & Leitrim rolling stock to accompany our new 1:20.3 scale 4-4-0T.  The C&L had an interesting collection of vehicles, ranging from some very fine clerestory coaches to an attractive ‘birdcage’ four-wheel brake.  More details of these kits from IP Engineering will be released in due course and they should also be available in built-up form.Our model of Kathleen is internally gas fired and has piston valve cylinders. The boiler is fitted with a water gauge and a water top-up valve is supplied, the lubricator needs to be emptied with a syringe, there being no room for a blow down valve, the gas filler valve is under one of the water tank filler, the gas control valve is disguised as the brake standard and the cab controls are accessible via the hinged cab roof. Nameplates are provided for both Kathleen and Lady Edith but these are not fitted, allowing customers to choose another member of the class if they so wish. The target UK RRP is £1950.00. You can find full details and specification here.

Versions available subject to production batch:

S20-10A – CAVAN & LEITRIM 4-4-0T No. 2 Kathleen – lined green
S20-10B – CAVAN & LEITRIM 4-4-0T No. 2L Kathleen – GSR grey
S20-10C – CAVAN & LEITRIM 4-4-0T No. 2L Kathleen – plain black
S20-10D – CAVAN & LEITRIM 4-4-0T No. 3 Lady Edith – lined green
S20-10E – CAVAN & LEITRIM 4-4-0T No. 3L Lady Edith – GSR grey
S20-10F – CAVAN & LEITRIM 4-4-0T No. 3L Lady Edith – plain black

A new ‘Pairs’ coach for the Isle of Man!

With stock of the Isle of Man ‘pairs’ coaches running low we thought we’d have one last throw of the dice with a ‘might have been’ coach, a half brake made up of an ‘E’ Van and a four-wheel coach in the same manner in which the ‘pairs’ coaches were assembled, albeit allowing for the slightly different design of panels on the ‘E’ Van.  Although it is a freelance design we think the end result is most attractive and will go well with an existing rake of the ‘pairs’ coaches, the UK RRP will be £175.00 (part number R19-26) and the next batch of four-wheelers and ‘E’ Vans will carry an RRP of £90.00.

G1MRA AGM and Show at Stoneleigh

12th October 2019 GIMRA Trade Show and AGM at Stoneleigh – We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Gauge One Model Railway Association Show which being held at the National Agricultural and Exhibition Centre Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2LZ.  We will have a packed stand and many new items so please drop by and say ‘hello’!

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