22 August 2020
Accucraft's factory has now started production of their 1:19 Scale Quarry Hunslet with models due in the autumn. The first images of the production model of what the firm describe as the perfect "Gentleman's sporting locomotive" are now available.
By the mid-19th century, the North Wales slate mines and quarries had a requirement for small, powerful and rugged locos to work the galleries and tramways in what was by then a rapidly expanding industry. Various manufacturers supplied narrow gauge motive power to these businesses but none became more synonymous with the area than the saddle tanks supplied by the Hunslet Engine Co. of Leeds. These sturdy little locos were ideal for the roughly laid, temporary lines in the quarries and the class evolved from the first design, produced in 1870, to encompass a variety of sizes and types which found work at Penrhyn, Dinorwic and the Nantlle valley.
The model is gas-fired and fitted with a water top-up valve, water check valve, miniature pressure gauge; constructed of stainless steel and etched brass with a copper boiler, the model will be covered by a two-year warranty.
The anticipated UK RRP is £1595.00
- Scale: 16mm to 1 foot (1:19)
- Gauge: 32mm only
- Length: 230mm
- Width: 88mm
- Height: 130mm
- Boiler: Centre Flue
- Working Pressure: 60psi
- Minimum Radius: 600mm (2 feet)
- Reversing Gear: Piston type, reverse by lever in the cab
- Valve Gear: Simulated Stephenson’s link
- Fuel: Butane Gas
- Boiler Fittings: Safety valve, miniature pressure gauge, water level check valve
- Cab Controls: Steam regulator, gas regulator, reverse lever, lubricator, underfloor water level check valve