SO, the Accurascale adventure has begun. Having already helped revolutionise modelling across the Irish Sea, the team behind the highly acclaimed Irish Railway Models brand have now made their debut in the UK market with the release of the sister company’s first ready-to-run ‘OO’ gauge model.
Announced less than five months ago, the subject is the BR 24½ ton coal hopper, later to become HUO under the TOPS system. Few would have picked such a mundane wagon to launch a new company but this is set to be Accurascale’s method of operation, producing high quality and accurate products for modellers that will sell in bulk. It does not need to be glamorous or colourful, just fulfil a need for a particular type of model. The HUO is just the tip of Accurascale’s exciting plans for 2018 with another five models due to be released before the end of the year.
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The development of the 24½ ton hopper very much mirrors the philosophy seen with Irish Railway Models, where chosen subjects are extensively surveyed in the field wherever possible, removing the need to rely on sometimes questionable drawings. In the case of these hoppers, the two surviving examples at the Tanfield Railway were measured up, this helping to influence the choice of which batch to produce.
Read more in the July issue of Rail Express, on sale now.