In 2013, Accucraft (UK), on behalf of the Ffestiniog Railway, offered a strictly limited edition of the new-build ‘Lyd’ in 16mm (1:19) scale. The live steam model was based on our highly successful and very popular ‘Lew’ but incorporated all the small detail differences carried by ‘Lyd’, from the painted numbers and ‘Lyd’ name plates, the subtly different livery details and the unique Boston Lodge builder’s plates. The model represents ‘Lyd’ equipped with her Lynton & Barnstaple cab profile set to the L & B loading gauge. It was produced exclusively for the Ffestiniog Railway by Accucraft (UK) and was only available through the Ffestiniog shop or direct from Accucraft (UK). The retail profit from every model sold went towards the first overhaul of the prototype loco to keep her in traffic. There were two versions in a strictly limited batch of 20 models, lined Southern green and fully lined British Railways black, each with its own numbered certificate of authenticity.
This was our first collaboration with a preservation society and enabled us to put something back into a movement which allows us to continue to enjoy the sights and sounds of narrow gauge steam. Paul Lewin, General Manager of the Ffestiniog Railway and one of the project team responsible for ‘Lyd’, said, “It’s been a real pleasure to work with Accucraft and to be able to give them the opportunity to study details on the full-sized locomotive in the preparation of this excellent model”. We were extremely grateful for the assistance given us by Paul and his team in production of our ‘Lew’. Ian Pearse, on behalf of Accucraft (UK), was enthusiastic about the joint project, “Having access to ‘Lyd’ has ensured that our L & B 2-6-2T is as accurate as possible and we are pleased to make a worthwhile contribution to her through sales of this limited edition”.
Graham Langer, Ian Pearse and Bing Cheng present Paul Lewin with a cheque for £6000
The model is internally gas fired and available either manually controlled or fitted with radio control. The engine is gauge adjustable for either 32mm (‘0’ gauge) or 45mm (‘1’ gauge) – the parts for this are supplied with the model; this operation can be undertaken by the owner and only takes a few minutes. The loco is supplied with blanking plates for the cut-outs in the frames but these are really for display only, severely restricting the choice of track curvature if used in operation. The cab roof lifts up to give access to the gas, water and lubricator fillers. The boiler is fitted with a water level check valve and the lubricator has an under floor drain. The model is fitted with slide valves. The wheels are spoked, the drivers are insulated and insulated pony wheels are available on request. The model is built from stainless steel and brass, and with the correct maintenance, will give a lifetime of pleasure.
- Scale: 16mm to 1 foot (1:19)
- Length over couplings: 420mm
- Gauge: 32mm or 45mm
- Width: 110mm
- Min Radius: 1m (3′) – Gauge 0, 1.2m (4′) – Gauge 1
- Maximum height: 145mm
- Boiler: Centre Flue
- Working Pressure: 60psi
- Reversing Gear: Working Joy valve gear, slide valves
- Fuel: Butane Gas
- Boiler Fittings: Safety valve, pressure gauge, water gauge.
- Cab Controls: Steam regulator, gas regulator, reverse lever, lubricator with under floor drain valve.
Versions available, subject to production batch:
S19-20 ‘Lyd’ in lined Southern green £1550.00
S19-20RC ‘Lyd’ in lined Southern green with radio control £1850.00
S19-21 ‘Lyd’ in lined British Railways black £1550.00
S19-21RC ‘Lyd’ in lined British Railways black with radio control £1850.00
Chris Bird has produced three extremely useful ‘how to’ videos covering gauge changing, preparation and steaming of ‘Lew’, these are recommended viewing for anyone purchasing this locomotive. The last video covers the fitting and use of one of his Summerlands ‘chuffers’.