Accucraft UK announces Kerr Stuart ‘Sirdar’ Class 0-4-0T "Diana"


By Phil Parker

07 January 2021

To be produced to 1:13.7 (7/8ths”) scale, this new live steam model will be based on "Diana" built by Kerr Stuart as part of an order for Mauritius. Never delivered, she ending up on the Kerry Tramway, and eventually entered preservation.

While there were many other members of this class, in conjunction with her current owner, Accucraft will focus on the history of this unique survivor.  "Diana" was built in 1909 by Kerr Stuart as part of an order for six locomotives for Mauritius. Although several of the locomotives in the order were sent to Mauritius, she wasn’t delivered, instead, being purchased by the Board of Trade for use on the Kerry Tramway. 

The Kerry Tramway closed in 1922 and Diana was sold to the Oakeley Quarry in Blaenau Ffestiniog, where she worked for the next twenty years. Sold in 1945 to the Pen-yr-Orsedd Quarry in the Nantlle Valley, "Diana" was purchased for preservation in 1964 and passed through the hands of a variety of owners.

Every customer who purchases a model of "Diana" will be entitled to a free footplate ride on the prototype locomotive at the Amerton Railway near Stafford (subject to terms and conditions yet to be finalised) and the opportunity to pose their model with the real thing!  A numbered certificate confirming this will be issued with every model sold.

Specifications:

  • Scale: 22.5mm to 1 foot (1:13.7), 7/8ths” to 1 foot
  • Gauge: 45mm or 32mm adjustable
  • Length: 270mm (over buffer beams)
  • Width: 126mm
  • Height: 195mm
  • 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, pressure gauge, water top-up valve
  • Cab Controls: Steam regulator, gas regulator, reverse lever, water gauge

Colours available, subject to production batch:

S78-5A Kerr Stuart ‘Sirdar’ 0-4-0T in lined grey, Diana


S78-5B Kerr Stuart ‘Sirdar’ 0-4-0T in lined black


S78-5C Kerr Stuart ‘Sirdar’ 0-4-0T in lined green

S78-5D Kerr Stuart ‘Sirdar’ 0-4-0T in lined maroon

More details can be found on the Accucraft UK website.

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