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