Live-steam ‘Flying Scotsman’

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Nice wheels: Accucraft UK’s ‘Peveril’ in 1:20.3-scale.

Accucraft UK Ltd. said recently it is developing a 1:32-scale live-steam version of its London North Eastern Railway A3 Class “Flying Scotsman.”

The company had sold a run of the locomotive in electric, which it described as “very successful.” The new model will be gas-fired, with a stainless-steel chassis, copper boiler, brass boiler jacket, brass cab and tender and steel drivers. It will feature Walschaerts valve gear, a safety valve, water-level glass, pressure gauge, lubricator, gas tank in the tender (with a water bath), axle pump with bypass valve and slide-valve cylinders.

The locomotive will have a 6½-foot minimum turning radius (two meters) and the company says it is shooting for a target price of $4000.

Accucraft UK says that it also has a live-steam version of “Peveril,” that it expects to deliver in February or March. The 1.20.3-scale model is based on a 2-4-oT locomotive from the Isle of Man Railway and will be painted in the prototype’s restored Indian red livery. The model will negotiate a one-meter (39 inches) minimum radius and will feature simulated Stephenson valve gear, butane firing, and have a safety valve, pressure gauge and water-level check valve.

Accucraft UK has priced the “Peveril” at about $1900; the company is on the web at http://www.accucraft.uk.com.>