Accurascale has revealed its first steam locomotive project. Join the Hornby Magazine team on video at Didcot Railway Centre as we go behind the scenes with the Accurascale team to find out the full story.
ACCURASCALE has revealed that it is working on its first ‘OO’ gauge steam outline locomotive – a Great Western Railway (GWR) ‘Manor’ 4-6-0.
Introduced in the late 1930s, twenty of Collett’s lightweight mixed traffic two-cylinder 4-6-0s were built at the GWR’s Swindon Works as an alternative to the heavier ‘Grange’ 4-6-0s, with the first example appearing in early 1938. British Railways subsequently added a further ten locomotives in 1950, bringing the total to 30. All remained in service until the early 1960s -t he first withdrawal occurring in 1963. Nine are preserved.
Accurascale’s new ‘OO’ gauge model has been in development for the past 18 months and has included surveys on four different locomotives. Hornby Magazine was invited behind-the-scenes to witness the early stages of the project including photographic surveys and the 3D-scan at Didcot in 2019 and you can view our exclusive video here.
With tooling on the ‘Manor’ now complete, ten different models are planned initially covering GWR and BR colour schemes.
The impressive specification includes a heavy die-cast metal chassis, running plate and body, three-pole motor with flywheel, sprung centre driving wheel, 21-pin Digital Command Control (DCC) decoder socket, detailed cab interior, a wealth of separately applied detailing and differences to the smokebox, chimney, buffer housings and more, according to the prototype. Each will be paired with a Churchward 3,500gallon tender with detail differences covering riveted or flush sides, three different styles of spring hanger, wide or narrow hornplates and more.
The new ‘Manor’ will also feature all-wheel pick-up and will be available in DCC ready or DCC sound-fitted forms, with a 21-pin MTC DCC decoder socket in the tender. Factory fitted sound models will feature three speakers – a cube in the smokebox and dual speakers in the tender – and a Powerpack capacitor for uninterrupted power and sound. Allied to this is firebox flicker, which will also synchronise to the onboard sounds.
Prices are set at £169.99 for DCC ready models and £259.99 for factory fitted DCC sound examples. Delivery is anticipated during the final quarter of 2021. Pre-orders are being accepted now at the website and official Accurascale stockists.
Visit www.accurascale.co.uk for more details.