NEW SAMPLES Accurascale 16 Ton Mineral Wagons

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The Beauty And Variety Of The Mundane – BR 16 Ton Mineral Family Next For Accurascale’s “Powering Britain” Range in OO Gauge.

In September Accurascale announced its latest addition to their extensive range of “Powering Britain” coal wagon models; the ubiquitous BR 16 ton Mineral Wagons in 00/4mm.

Replicating British Railways in model form, Accurascale has embarked on a massive programme of tooling, by producing completely new versions of the BR 16T all-steel mineral wagon never before produced in ready-to-run format, along with a new generation of 16 ton favourites which are a must for their ‘Powering Britain’ range of coal wagons.
With all British Railways’ 16T types designed and tooled, this first run follows the story of the unfitted Morton braked wagons, with 1/108, 1/109 and MCO rebodied versions being released in a variety of liveries and running gear combinations.

The Accurascale Mineral Wagons will be sold in triple packs at a cost of £74.95 per pack.

Delivery is anticipated for Q3 2024.
The Model

Seen as very much the ‘missing link’ in the ‘Powering Britain’ range, the 16 ton mineral wagon is an essential addition to the Accurascale range to tell the story of coal traffic on the railways throughout the ages. Work commenced on these stalwarts of British Railways two years ago, as the research into these extensive and varied wagons provided a great challenge. Coverage of versions never before offered in ready-to-run format as well as a new generation model of some of the old favourites of the 16 ton range were added to the tooling suite.

Tooling is now complete with the first samples arriving for assessment earlier this summer. While the models are shaping up nicely feedback on fit and finish of some parts as well areas such as the wheels, which are currently missing their characteristic holes, will also be addressed.

Model Specification:

  • Die-cast metal chassis with plastic body. Weight of 37g (excluding coal load).
  • Scale length of 78mm over buffers, and 34.53mm wide.
  • Wheelbase of 36mm, allowing operation over a minimum radius of 371mm (1st radius set-track).
  • Separately fitted side doors, top doors and end doors.
  • Metal 3-hole wheels; chemically blackened 00 Gauge RP25-110 standard, set in blackened brass bearings and conforming to Accurascale standards of 14.4mm back-to-back, on 2mm axles over 26mm pinpoints.
  • Eroded metal, plastic and wire detail parts, including handrails, grab handles, side-door handles, lamp brackets, brake gear, draw gear, 3-link and Instanter couplings.
  • Turned metal sprung buffers.

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