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> Accucraft's live steam B4, The firm's first loco in 1:32 scale is on its way
post 26 Sep 2012, 11:01
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Accucraft's first model in 1:32 scale should be here by the end of the year. Production of these "entry level" live steamers is now under way.

An initial batch of twenty locomotives were designed by William Adams for the London & South Western Railway and constructed at Nine Elms between 1891 and 1893. These small but powerful engines were intended for shunting in restricted sidings with tight curves and were deployed in such locations as Southampton Docks, the Hamworthy freight branch and Poole Quay. Drummond added five similar locos to the class in 1905 although assorted rebuilds saw a great many variations in cab design and boiler fittings. Because of their work in the docks, twelve acquired names from locations along the French channel coast. After a long career with the L&SWR, Southern Railway and BR, some were sold into industrial use and two have been preserved, Normandy on the Bluebell Railway and Granville at Bressingham.

Accucraft's first Gauge 1 live steam 0-4-0 tank engine is based on the L&SWR B4 Class, in particular No. 30089 Trouville which had a reasonably ‘normal’ cab. Intended as an “entry level” loco in Gauge 1, the model is gas-fired with piston valves and has all the features you would expect from an Accucraft locomotive. The chassis is constructed from stainless steel, the boiler is copper and the cab and superstructure is made from etched brass. It carries a UK RRP of £800.00 and is available from Accucraft dealers in Britain and around the world.

The locomotive can negotiate curves down to 0.6m (24 ins) and has a centre flue boiler with a working pressure of 60psi. The valve gear is simulated Stephenson link activated by a piston reverse controlled by a lever in the cab. The boiler is fitted with a pressure gauge, two safety valves and a water gauge - the boiler can be topped up with a Goodall valve.

Versions available subject to production batch:

S32-8 – BR (Ex L&SWR) B4 0-4-0T No. 30089 in BR black, early emblem
S32-9 – BR (Ex L&SWR) B4 0-4-0T No. 30089 in BR black, late crest
S32-10 – BR (Ex L&SWR) B4 0-4-0T in black, unlettered
S32-11 – B4 0-4-0 Power Unit
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