07 June 2022
Between 1895 and 1898, the Beira Railway ordered 42 Falcon type F2 and F4 4-4-0 tender locomotives, supplied in six batches by Falcon Engine and Car Works Limited in England and the Glasgow Railway Engineering Company in Scotland. In service, these locomotives were soon nicknamed ‘Lawleys’, after the Beira Railway construction subcontractor.
Accucraft's model was announced in 2019, and we now have the first shots from the factory, albeit with a few last details still to be added.
The model is internally gas fired and is gauge adjustable for either 32mm (‘0’ gauge) or 45mm (‘1’ gauge) – all the parts for this are supplied, this operation can be undertaken by the owner and only takes a few minutes.
The cab roof lifts up to give access to the water and lubricator fillers. The boiler is fitted with a water gauge, pressure gauge and the lubricator has an under floor drain, the gas tank is in a water bath in the tender. The model is fitted with slide valves, functioning Stephenson valve gear and is built from stainless steel, copper and brass.
More details can be found on the Accucraft website, and in a future issue of Garden Rail.