06 May 2020
Andy York previews this large new OO gauge model, expected to arrive from Accurascale this Autumn.
After receiving its first engineering prototype of its forthcoming KUA nuclear flask carrier wagons for OO gauge, Andy York highlights some of the detail we can expect on these heavy-weight items of rolling stock.
Accurascale’s technical team has spent the last seven days running a rule over the model and providing feedback to China. It reports a lot it is happy with, such as the bogies, the finesse and detail above the bogies, the chassis and the centre cover. Some alterations have been noted, however. Delivery for the KUA twin pack is expected in September 2020.
The KUAs were built by Bombardier/Prorail of Wakefield in 1998 and were designed to carry spent nuclear fuel from Royal Navy nuclear submarines from their bases at Devonport and Rosyth to Sellafield for disposal. They can still be seen in service today and make the perfect companion for the manufacturer's forthcoming range of DRS Class 37s. For more information, read our separate story or visit Accurascale's website.