Accucraft November News

Sorry about the somewhat late delivery of this newsletter, we have been awaiting news from the factory.  The good news is that the Gauge 1 rolling stock is now on its way  We have also been offered another collection of Aster locomotives to sell with unbeatable provenance and already half has been sold, the balance is listed at the bottom of this bulletin.  We are also listing some ‘open box’ and offer items from our own gauge 1 stock.

GWR 43XX 2-6-0 Moguls

After a seemingly endless gestation period we are pleased to be able to report that the GWR Moguls are nearly finished and we anticipate shipping them in December for delivery in the New Year. We are also happy to report that we have been able to hold the UK RRPs to those originally advertised, £2500.00 and £2595.00, although we may have to apply a small shipping surcharge depending on the rates current at the time.

BR Mk1 RMB Coaches + SK and BSK variants

The Mk1 coaches are now on their way, make sure you have a pre-order placed since they will be a one-off production run with some more SKs and BSKs to mop up residual demand. Delivery will also be in the first week or two of the New Year. The UK RRP will be £295.00.

1:32 Scale oil tankers in black

Coming with the Mk1s is another run of the Gauge 1 oil tankers, this time in black and white! The following versions will be available, UK RRP £95.00: R32-3A Plain Black R32-3E Esso R32-3F Shell-BP

Gauge 1 Specials

These are the last few Adams Radial Tanks, there may be only one of each livery left.

S32-15A – L&SWR Adams green, fully lined, No. 488 £1,995.00
S32-15C – SR lined Maunsell green, No. 0846 (Open Box) £1,895.00
S32-15D – SR plain black, ‘sunshine’ lettering, No. 3488 £1,995.00
S32-15F – BR black, early emblem, No. 30583 £1,995.00
S32-15G – BR black, late crest, No. 30583 £1,995.00
S32-15H – L&SWR Drummond green, fully lined (Drummond boiler), No. 486 £1,995.00

Kerr Stuart ‘Victory’ 0-6-0Ts

S32-14A GWR Green (Swindon safety valve bonnet) £1,195.00
S32-14B Black (Swindon safety valve bonnet) £1,195.00

‘Open Box’ and second-hand Gauge 1 locomotives for sale

A rare and unusual collector’s item, a Gauge 1 GWR ‘King’ 4-6-0 No. 6028 ‘King George VI’ by Stewart Reidpath Models of Herne Bay, Kent, more usually associated with early OO gauge models. The locomotive was made as a presentation model (unpowered) and is supplied with a wooden base and plexiglass case – £1500.00

Live Steam

Aster Berkshire 2-8-4 converted to Southern Pacific form, No. 3509, fitted with a Coffin pre-heater, a rare model of a rare prototype (there were only 10 SP examples).  The model is in  great condition, RC fitted and comes with a wooden carry case – £4750.00

Aster-Accucraft 9F 2-10-0, No. 92059 in BR black, late crest.  Now hard to come by, this version has the BR1C tender.  Excellent condition, little used, as new with wooden carry case – £4250.00

Aster-Accucraft 5MT 4-6-0, No. 73096 in lined BR green, late crest.  The latest rendering of this popular model with the BR1C tender.  Mint condition, little used – £3750.00

Aster-Accucraft Great Northern Heavy Mikado 2-8-2 No. 3202, new and unused in its original box – £3950.00

Aster-Accucraft Union Pacific Light Mikado 2-8-2 No. 2840, new and unused with its original box – £3500.00

Accucraft SP Daylight 4-8-4 GS4 #4449 live steam, butane-fired, flanged drivers.  Beautiful, well cared-for model – £4500.00

Aster-Accucraft LNER/BR B1 4-6-0 BR Apple Green, No. 61306 ‘Mayflower’ RTR – £3600.00
Finescale Brass GWR A30 Autocoach in BR carmine – £425.00
Accucraft AL97-035K SP P-8 Class 4-6-2 #2467, Butane Fired (Kit) – £3450.00 (UK RRP £3995.00)
J&M/Accucraft LSWR All third, BR Green – £500.00 (UK RRP £850.00)

In addition to the above we have the following to sell, all from the estate of a renowned model engineer:

Aster Swiss four-cylinder compound A3/5 4-6-0 – black                            £3400.00

Aster LNER A3 Flying Scotsman 4-6-2 – LNER apple green                       £4000.00

Aster British Railways 5MT 4-6-0 – green                                                    £3750.00

Aster BR38 4-6-0 – black (working steam turbine)                                      £3750.00

Aster Rebuilt Merchant Navy Clan Line 4-6-2 – BR green (turbine)           SOLD

Aster BOB Winston Churchill 4-6-2 – BR green                                           £4000.00

Aster SNCF 232 U1 4-6-4 – Green                                                                 SOLD

Aster KPEV Glaskasten 0-4-0T Green                                                          £2250.00

Aster AD 60 Garratt Beyer 4-8-4+4-8-4 – black                                            £8500.00

Aster C& O Allegheny 2-6-6-6 – black (working steam turbine)                 £12,500.00

Aster UP Challenger 4-6-6-4 – black (working steam turbine)                     £10,000.00

Aster Nickel Plate Berkshire 2-8-4 – black (working steam turbine)           £8000.00

Maerklin DB Class V100 – red                                                                         £350.00

Bowande 14XX 0-4-2T – GWR green                                                           £1450.00

Aster Great Northern Railway S2 4-8-4 – green (working steam turbine)  £6500.00

Aster GWR Castle Class Kingswear Castle 4-6-0 – GWR green                 SOLD

Aster S2/6 4-4-4 – red + nine Maerklin bogie coaches                               SOLD

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Accucraft October News

Hello!  Welcome to our October news update.  We are delighted to bring you news of not one, but two, new 1:32 scale locomotives for production in 2023!  However, they are closely related.  In other news we are putting out a last call for Cranmore Pecketts and reviewing the G1MRA Bicester Show.

New for 2023!  GNR C1 and LB&SCR H2 Atlantics.

The Great Northern Railway C1 Atlantic 4-4-2s were developed from the smaller boilers C2 Atlantics, the ‘Klondykes’, and built at Doncaster between 1902 and 1908.  The class was immediately successful, hauling heavy East Coast express trains but was subjected to various experiments by both its designer, H.A.Ivatt and his successor, Nigel Gresley, including the replacement of slide valves with piston valves, four cylinder simple and compound types and even the trial-fitting of a booster.  The class were equipped or retro-fitted with super-heated boilers, many by the LNER after the grouping, and lasted a long time in both front line and secondary service, seventeen of the class making it onto British Railways’ books at the Nationalisation.  One example, No. 251, the doyen of the class, was preserved and is now part of the National Collection.

The story of the London, Brighton & South Coast Atlantics is intertwined with that of the GNR C1s.  The Brighton’s CME was Douglas Marsh who had worked under Henry Ivatt at the Great Northern.  A motive power shortage on the LB&SCR led Marsh to ask Ivatt for a set of C1 drawings, a request that was readily granted, from which he developed the H1 Class Atlantics.  Marsh’s successor, Lawson Billinton went on to build a further six Atlantics, classified H2, to a slightly revised design and it was these locomotives that survived long enough to last into BR ownership, No. 32424 Beachy Head becoming something of a celebrity on railtours until its withdrawal in 1958.  The loss of all the Brighton Atlantics was mourned by Southern enthusiasts and the survival of a pair of GNR C1 boilers proved to be the spur to get a replica built at the Bluebell Railway, a locomotive now nearing completion.

Full specifications for the model will be issued shortly as well as estimated retail prices and delivery dates.  As ever, grateful thanks to David Fletcher for the drawings.

Last call for the Cranmore Peckett 0-4-0ST

There are now only a handful of these lovely little locomotives left at the factory (in kit form) so, if you require one, don’t hesitate.  Those not ordered as kits will be made up as RTR examples and shipped with the forthcoming 43XXs.  We are sure many of you have been enjoying Phil Parker’s build series in Garden Rail magazine and hope that this gives you the confidence to try a kit.

G1MRA 75th Anniversary Show at Bicester

We are sure that those of you who attended the Gauge 1 Model Railway Association’s show at Bicester over the first weekend of the month were wowed by the variety of exhibits on offer.  We’d like to wish G1MRA a Happy Birthday and thank their hard-working committee for organising such a terrific event.  To celebrate the anniversary we displayed a small cross-section of some of the two dozen British and American outline 1:32 scale locomotives that Accucraft has produced over the last twenty-five years or so.

At the show, Graham Langer, Managing Director of Accucraft UK Ltd, had the pleasure of handing over a cheque for £4000 to Steve Davies, Chairman of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust. The funds were raised from sales of Accucraft’s popular 1:32 scale model of No. 60163 Tornado and is in addition to the £10,000 already raised for the Trust from sales of the model and will be put towards the locomotive’s current overhaul.

Steve Davies was formerly the Director of the National Railway Museum and the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry, Graham Langer is also a Trustee and Director of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust and has been involved with the organisation for nearly twenty years. The Trust is currently building a new LNER P2 2-8-2 based on Gresley’s Cock o’ the North, named Prince of Wales, which is expected to be completed during 2024 in Darlington.

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Accucraft September News

Welcome to our September update.  Firstly, we’d like to apologise for further delays to the delivery of stock.  A combination of lockdowns in China and shipping issues continue to dog the progress of our projects and we thank you for your collective patience – as soon as we have definite news of arrival dates we will publish them here.  Secondly, we are afraid to say that the recent falls in the value of Sterling will have an impact on future retail prices and although the current batch of ‘Lawleys’ will be sent out in the third week of September at their RRP of £2995.00 the next batch is likely to carry a UK RRP of £3250.00.  Finally the office will be closed for the Llanfair Show and annual holidays from 2nd September until 20th September, email will be monitored but the ‘phone will remain unanswered.

‘Lawley’ images

With the first batch of ‘Lawleys’ now complete, we can share some factory images of the three liveries.

Another new dealer joins the Accucraft ‘family’!

We’d like to welcome Footplate Models of Kidderminster to our growing list of dealers. The shop has been established for over ten years now and continues to grow – going from strength to strength. The business is run by the father and son team of Derek and Richard – both having extensive knowledge of the hobby and the real thing!  Just down the hill from the Severn Valley Railway’s terminus, the premises is perfectly located for anyone visiting the railway.

Footplate Models
101 Comberton Hill
Kidderminster
Worcestershire
DY10 1QH

01562 750076

G1MRA 75th Anniversary Show at Bicester

With just a month to go until the Gauge Model Railway Association’s 75th Anniversary Show at Bicester Heritage the list of attractions and exhibitors continues to grow.  You can see full details and to book tickets here.  One of the highlights is the Gauge 2 layout being exhibited for the first time in public.  We will be bring some Gauge 1 stock to sell, mainly end of line items that will not be repeated.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Second-hand items

We have recently been offered several collections of both narrow gauge and Gauge 1 stock, among which are many sought-after locomotives and items of rolling stock, particularly older Aster models.  If you have specific needs or gaps in your collection that need filling, please let us know and we will prioritise your bids.

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Accucraft August update

With only a week to go before the Llanfair Garden Railway Show and the associated gala on the Welshpool & Llanfair Railway we thought it might be timely to announce that we will be bringing a large number of items for sale.  Apart from ‘Open Box’ examples of recent production items (mainly for exhibition display or photographic purposes) we will also be carrying items of second-hand locomotives and rolling stock that we are selling, some of them rare and hard to obtain.  Here are a few tasters!

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Accucraft August News

Welcome to our August update.  We have some good news for the Gauge 1 fraternity this month, ahead of their upcoming 75th Anniversary show in October as well as some welcome photographs of the ‘Lawleys’ in production.

New 1:32 Scale 14T oil tankers

We were delighted to have been asked by the Gauge 1 Model Railway Association to produce a commemorative vehicle for the association’s 75th Anniversary and are pleased to back this up by supporting their ever-expanding plans for a show at Bicester Heritage over the first weekend in October.  The new versions of these popular wagons will be available this summer at a projected UK RRP of £85.00.

The G1MRA tanker will be built in strictly limited numbers and demand is expected to be high. Priced at £85.00 they represent excellent value for money and can either be delivered or picked up at Bicester in October. Please follow this link to register your interest.

We will also be releasing the tank wagons in liveried black for the first time, Esso and Shell/BP, we will also be producing plain black versions.  Make sure you place your reservation with your local dealer – this will be a strictly limited run.

‘Lawleys’ in production

We were very pleased with the reception that the engineering sample of this locomotive was given at the National Garden Railway Show in June and running trials in North Wales have shown it to be a smooth and capable engine to drive.  Here are some photos from the factory to whet your appetite.  Please note that there are only a few in the initial UK shipment that are not spoken for, so order yours now to avoid a delay of several months before the next batch.

Llanfair Garden Railway Show – 3rd & 4th September

We will be attending this show as usual but this year we will be bringing a selection of narrow gauge ‘end of line’ items to clear the decks a bit.  There will be some terrific bargains to be had (both locomotives and rolling stock) so make sure you come by our stand.

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Accucraft July News

Welcome to the Accucraft UK July update, it was good to catch up with so many of you at the National Garden Railway Show in Peterborough.  This month we are delighted to be able to report significant progress on production of both the 1:19 scale ‘Lawleys’ and the 1:32 scale GWR 43XX with estimated delivery dates of late August and late September respectively so get your wallets out!  We can also report further developments with the forthcoming Shay.

1:19 Scale ‘Lawley’ 4-4-0

They say a picture is worth a thousand words……

We only have a limited number of unallocated ‘Lawleys’ in the first batch so don’t hesitate if you’d like one!

1:32 Scale GWR 43XX 2-6-0

The factory is making good progress on assembling the batch of GWR Moguls with most of the brasswork done and machined components being finished.

1:20.3 Scale 13T Shay

We are pleased to be able to offer the cute little 13T Shay with a further livery variation, adding the planished iron boiler to the two other options.  Planished or ‘Russian’ iron was popular among 19th Century locomotive builders, particularly in the USA.  The name is applied to sheet iron with a very highly polished or glazed surface. It is used for protecting the lagging of engines and boilers and for other uses where a non-corroding black iron of finished surface is desired.

These sheets are made by piling together about fifty pickled sheets of soft steel with powdered charcoal sprinkled between adjacent sheets. The pile is wrapped in old sheets, wired and heated in a furnace to a cherry-red heat for about six hours. Upon cooling, each sheet is swept free of loose charcoal and is then sprayed with steam to form a thin oxide. Again the sheets are piled together, heated and then placed on the hammer table, several in a bundle, and pounded with a steam hammer. This brings about a grinding action which grinds the carbon and oxide on the surface down to a highly polished coating.

The 13-2 Class A straight boiler Shay locomotive was one of Lima’s industrial success stories, with virtually identical examples built for US and international industry and plantations lines. Orders were built for New York, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Alabama, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Washington State, Minnesota and Hawaii. In addition, exports were built for Queensland Australia, Japan, Puerto Rico and more. Despite its small stature, the design was built for a wide variety of gauges including 50cm, 24”, 30” 36”, 42” and standard gauge. The 13-2 Class A is a 2 cylinder, 13 Ton conventional straight boiler design, and differs from other 13 Ton ‘T’ boiler and tapered boiler designs.  Today there is only one known survivor of this design of 13-2 Class A, as built for Queensland, Australia which is now preserved at the Nambour Museum in beautifully restored, non-operational condition.

At long last, a gorgeous little Shay that is gauge-adjustable!  Perfect for the 16mm brigade!

The model will be gauge-adjustable for 32mm and 45mm and will come with two types of stack as typically supplied by Lima when built.  Supplied in either black or green and now planished (Russian) iron, UK RRP £2145.00 RTR, £1995.00 Kit, available direct from Accucraft UK, due for release Q4 2022.  Our thanks to David Fletcher for the superb illustrations.

Specifications:

1:20.3 Scale – 45 mm Gauge/32mm Gauge (adjustable)
Brass, Copper & Stainless Steel Construction
48 in. (1.2 M) Mini. Radius
Length: 16.8 in. (427 mm)
Width: 4.5 in. (116 mm)
Height: 6.6 in. (168 mm)

Features:

Butane fired
Two truck, two cylinders
Simulated Stephenson valve gear,
Two Safety valves
Lubricator
Water level gauge
Blowdown valve
Hand operated pump in bunker
Superheater

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Accucraft June News

Welcome to the Accucraft UK June update.  On this Jubilee Holiday weekend  we would like to congratulate our monarch, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 2, on her 70 year reign.  Members of The Royal Family have always been enthusiastic users of railways, both large and small, long may it continue!

This month we have some good news!  After many delays, the 1:19 (16mm scale) Beira ‘Lawley’ 4-4-0s are in production and we are now confident that we will have a sample model at the National Garden Railway Show on 25th June and we look forward to seeing you there.  We can also report that we have some additions to the Clearing House.

First glance – Lawley 4-4-0 sample

The factory has kindly supplied us with an early image of the sample model of the forthcoming Beira Railway ‘Lawley’ 4-4-0, albeit with a few last details still to be added, and we have to say we are delighted.  Between 1895 and 1898, the Beira Railway ordered 42 Falcon type F2 and F4 4-4-0 tender locomotives, supplied in six batches by Falcon Engine and Car Works Limited in England and the Glasgow Railway Engineering Company in Scotland. In service, these locomotives were soon nicknamed ‘Lawleys’, after the Beira Railway construction subcontractor.

The museum quality model is internally gas fired and is gauge adjustable for either 32mm (‘0’ gauge) or 45mm (‘1’ gauge) – all the parts for this are supplied with the model. This operation can be undertaken by the owner and only takes a few minutes. The cab roof lifts up to give access to the water filler. The boiler is fitted with a water gauge, pressure gauge and the lubricators are set on the running board, the gas tank is in a water bath in the tender. The model is fitted with slide valves, functioning Stephenson valve gear and is built from stainless steel, copper and brass.  Estimated UK RRP £2995.00 inc. VAT. for pre-ordered models.  You can find full details on this website.

Don’t forget that Resurgam Rolling Stock make a great range of suitable vehicles to run with your Lawley!

Some additions to the Clearing House

Electric

Accucraft 1:29 scale PRR K4 (electric) – required trailing vehicle for battery pack – £1250.00

Live Steam

Accucraft 1:20.3 scale K28 live steam (butane) + four Accucraft San Juan coaches – £6000.00

Accucraft 1:32 scale Radial Tank 4-4-2T in BR Black (late crest) + four L&SWR coaches (BR Green) – £4495.00

Accucraft H8 Allegheny Virginian Mallet 2-6-6-6 live steam (butane) – £6500.00

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Accucraft May News

Welcome to our May update.  Rolling Covid-19 lockdowns in China are hampering operations at the factory and our ability to ship goods by air.  However, we have managed to obtain what may be the last batch of RTR Pecketts and these are now in stock at your dealers – don’t miss out!  The kits will be along shortly as well.  As soon as we have firm delivery dates for our other projects we will be sure to advise about them here.

Progress with Diana

One piece of good news is that we are able to share some images of the stainless steel metalwork for Diana’s bodywork.  Due for delivery this autumn we are taking pre-orders now, be sure to be on the list!

 

Diana was built in 1909 by Kerr Stuart as part of an order for six 2′ 5 1⁄2″ gauge locomotives for Mauritius. Although several of the locomotives in the order were sent to Mauritius, Diana wasn’t delivered and stayed at Kerr Stuart’s factory in Stoke on Trent. In 1917, the locomotive was purchased by the Home Grown Timber Committee of the Board of Trade for use on the Kerry Tramway, near Newtown, Powys in Mid Wales. It was rebuilt to 2′ gauge and delivered to Kerry, Powys.

The Kerry Tramway closed in 1922, though a short length was retained and worked by an unknown locomotive. In 1925, Diana was sold to the Oakeley Quarry in Blaenau Ffestiniog, where it worked for the next twenty years. In 1945, it was sold on to the Pen-yr-Orsedd Quarry in the Nantlle Valley, where it and worked until its boiler was condemned in 1950.

Diana was purchased for preservation in 1964 and passed through the hands of a variety of owners and moved to a number of different locations including the Llanberis Lake Railway, the Brecon Mountain Railway and Alan Keef’s in Ross on Wye although its restoration was never fully completed until it passed into the hands of Phil Mason, a Talyllyn Railway volunteer, who finished the work at the Vale of Rheidol Railway before setting the engine to work on the Bala Lake Railway.

The planned release of our model was pushed back six months by the Covid-19 outbreak but we anticipate a 2021 delivery. The model is gas-fired and fitted with a water top up valve, water gauge, miniature pressure gauge and lubricator; constructed of stainless steel and etched brass with a copper boiler, the locomotive has an enhanced level of detail made possible by this scale including a brake stand / gas control valve, dummy water gauges and sliding cab-sheet doors.  It is gauge-adjustable between 45mm and 32mm gauges.  The gas tank is concealed in the left hand side tank with the filler hidden under a dummy coal load, the Goodall top-up valve is hidden in the dummy sand pot on the boiler.  The estimated UK pre-order is £1695.00 and the model will be available direct from us or through our dealers.  Our thanks to Phil Mason for giving us unlimited access to the locomotive and David Fletcher for producing the superb drawings.

In addition to the help Phil Mason has given us he has very kindly arranged that every customer who purchases a model of Diana will be entitled to a free footplate ride on the prototype locomotive at the Amerton Railway near Stafford (subject to terms and conditions yet to be finalised) and the opportunity to pose their model with the real thing!  A numbered certificate confirming this will be issued with every model sold.

Specifications:

  • Scale: 22.5mm to 1 foot (1:13.7), 7/8ths” to 1 foot
  • Gauge: 45mm or 32mm adjustable
  • Length: 270mm (over buffer beams)
  • Width: 126mm
  • Height: 195mm
  • 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, pressure gauge, water top-up valve
  • Cab Controls: Steam regulator, gas regulator, reverse lever, water gauge

Colours available, subject to production batch:

S78-5A Kerr Stuart ‘Sirdar’ 0-4-0T in lined grey, Diana
S78-5B Kerr Stuart ‘Sirdar’ 0-4-0T in lined black
S78-5C Kerr Stuart ‘Sirdar’ 0-4-0T in lined green
S78-5D Kerr Stuart ‘Sirdar’ 0-4-0T in lined maroon

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Accucraft April News

Welcome to the Accucraft UK April update.  This month we bring you news of a further run of the 1:32 oil tankers including a limited edition version to celebrate G1MRA’s 75th Anniversary this year as well as Esso and Shell/BP versions in black.  We also have some tempting new offers in the ‘Clearing House’.  Please note that the office will be closed for the week 4th – 8th April.

New 1:32 Scale 14T oil tankers

We were delighted to have been asked by the Gauge 1 Model Railway Association to produce a commemorative vehicle for the association’s 75th Anniversary and are pleased to back this up by supporting their ever-expanding plans for a show at Bicester Heritage over the first weekend in October.  The new versions of these popular wagons will be available this summer at a projected UK RRP of £85.00.

The G1MRA tanker will be built in strictly limited numbers and demand is expected to be high. Priced at £85.00 they represent excellent value for money and can either be delivered or picked up at Bicester in October. Please follow this link to register your interest.

Special Edition Jackson & Sharp coaches

D&RGW passenger cars were originally built by the Jackson Sharp company in the early 1880’s. The D&RG rebuilt them over the years with larger windows, and other improvements on an as needed basis. In the 1920’s the coaches went through the car shops again to have more improvements made. This included having the bodies and platforms lowered, under-frame reinforced, and extension side bearings installed. Accucraft’s models are of the later rebuilt cars.  The C&S and RGS all acquired these cars over the years, and the D&RG, and the D&RGW rebuilt these cars so many times that today it can be hard to tell how many changes were done.

The newest SE special edition of these coaches feature a stronger, more secure construction, ball bearing wheels standard, and new LED lights that can be track or battery powered.  Liveries available include Red, Green and Bumble Bee yellow, contact us for availability, the UK RRP is £295.00

Note: New yellow bumble bee coaches are a different shade of yellow compared to previous productions.

In consequence of this new run, the old stock of J&S coaches have been remaindered at a UK RRP of £220.00.  Coaches only are available in C&S green but Combines are still available D&RGW bumble bee yellow, D&RGW red and green, RGS red and unlettered red.  Contact us to confirm availability.

New to the ‘Clearing House’

We are pleased to offer a couple of exciting ‘train sets’ through the ‘Clearing House’.  The first is a rare bird, an Accucraft K-28 in Moffatt green with the Moffatt logo on the tender.  These D&RGW ‘Mikes’ rarely come up for sale and the original run was only a small one.  The locomotive is butane-fired and has been very well cared for.  It comes with four of the equally rare metal ‘San Juan’ coaches, as illustrated here (less one coach).  Priced at £7000.00 for the set we think it represents great value for money.

We also have a complete Southern Region set to sell in 1:32 Scale, comprising an Accucraft Adams Radial Tank 4-4-2T and four L&SWR suburban coaches in BR green – £4495.00

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Accucraft March News

Welcome to our March update!  Despite everything we have continued to progress projects and are delighted to bring you further news about very successful little Peckett saddle tanks – these are now available as kits!  We are also pleased to bring you news of the new Accucraft US Shay, the first to be available as gauge-adjustable between 32mm and 45mm gauge!  In addition the long-awaited 1:29 Scale GP60s are on their way, both as DCC ready and sound-fitted types.  Finally we’d like to issue a last reminder that the Midlands Garden Railway Show is being held over the weekend of the 12th & 13th March and we look forward to seeing many of you there.

Peckett kits!

Having presented the Gauge 1 fraternity with the lovely Adams Radial Tank as both ready to run models and kits we will probably be offering all future production in the latter form as well as RTR.  There can be no doubt that the Radial Tank was well received as a kit and our customers enjoyed the challenge of building them up – now it is the turn of the narrow gauge fraternity!

The next run of Pecketts will be priced at £1650.00 RTR and £1575.00 for the kits.

1:20.3 Scale 13-2 Class A Shay

The 13-2 Class A straight boiler Shay locomotive was one of Lima’s industrial success stories, with virtually identical examples built for US and international industry and plantations lines. Orders were built for New York, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Alabama, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Washington State, Minnesota and Hawaii. In addition, exports were built for Queensland Australia, Japan, Puerto Rico and more. Despite its small stature, the design was built for a wide variety of gauges including 50cm, 24”, 30” 36”, 42” and standard gauge. The 13-2 Class A is a 2 cylinder, 13 Ton conventional straight boiler design, and differs from other 13 Ton ‘T’ boiler and tapered boiler designs.  Today there is only one known survivor of this design of 13-2 Class A, as built for Queensland, Australia which is now preserved at the Nambour Museum in beautifully restored, non-operational condition.

At long last, a gorgeous little Shay that is gauge-adjustable!  Perfect for the 16mm brigade!

The model will be gauge-adjustable for 32mm and 45mm and will come with two types of stack as typically supplied by Lima when built.  Supplied in either black or green, UK RRP £2145.00 RTR, £1995.00 Kit, available direct from Accucraft UK, due for release Q4 2022.  Our thanks to David Fletcher for the superb illustrations.

Specifications:

1:20.3 Scale – 45 mm Gauge/32mm Gauge (adjustable)
Brass, Copper & Stainless Steel Construction
48 in. (1.2 M) Mini. Radius
Length: 16.8 in. (427 mm)
Width: 4.5 in. (116 mm)
Height: 6.6 in. (168 mm)

Features:

Butane fired
Two truck, two cylinders
Simulated Stephenson valve gear,
Two Safety valves
Lubricator
Water level gauge
Blowdown valve
Hand operated pump in bunker
Superheater

Now available! 1:29 Scale GP60/GP60M Diesels

The GP60 was EMD’s first engine that was classified as a “third-generation” locomotive. The engine’s on-board microprocessors replaced hundreds of wiring circuits, dozens of relays and all but one module card, making it an improvement among EMD’s engines.  Power was provided by a 16-cylinder 710G3A diesel engine, which could produce 3,800 horsepower (2,800 kW). This locomotive was 59 feet 9 inches long and featured a 3,700-US-gallon (14,000 L) fuel tank. The GP60 series shared the same frame as the GP59. Cabless ‘B’ units of this locomotive model were also built; they were known as GP60B models. Units built with a North American Safety Cab were designated GP60M. These latter two types were purchased exclusively by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. A total of 294 GP60, 23 GP60B and 63 GP60M units were built by EMD. Due to the mainstream focus of railroads on powerful six-axle units, and strict emissions standards, the GP60 was the last new EMD “Geep”.

1:29 Scale, 45mm Gauge
DCC & Sound Ready Option – £595.00
DCC & Sound Fitted Option – £795.00

Road Number Options:

Santa Fe Blue/Yellow: #4022, #4035
Santa Fe Aluminium/Red: #100, #101, #144, #157
Rio Grande: #3154, #3156
Union Pacific: #1994, #2098
Southern Pacific: #9757, #9785
Vermont Railway: #381
Norfolk Southern Black/White & “Operation Lifesaver”: #7100
Norfolk Southern 100th Anniversary: #4610
CSX: #6897, #6899
BNSF “Heritage”: #117, #145
BNSF ” Wedge”: #130, #150

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