KGR are pleased to announce our latest commission in 1:32 live steam.
With London suburban services in mind, William Adams' 415 Class was based on his earlier LSWR 46 Class, with a trailing radial axle added to support an enlarged coal bunker. Coupled to a short wheelbase and guiding bogie, the locomotive could accommodate tight curves, a feature that was to ensure the survival of some of the class later on. The 0415's tenure on the London suburban services was relatively short-lived and with the introduction of Drummond's M7 class 0-4-4 tanks and the class was generally removed to rural branch duties from 1895. In 1903 the link was made between the class and the severely curved Lyme Regis branch where the 'Radials' proved to be highly suited to that line. Two were allocated to Exmouth Junction shed, joined in 1946 by a third example retrieved from the East Kent Railway. They continued on the Lyme Regis branch after Nationalisation but the end finally came in 1961. However the final example, No. 30583, was purchased by the Bluebell Railway and preserved.
LSWR 488, the one preserved at the Bluebell Railway, was purchased by the EKR in 1919 and became No 5 in the fleet. It went out of service in 1939 and was sold to the Southern Railway in 1946 for overhaul and return to service on the Lyme Regis branch.
The model is 1:32 scale for 45mm gauge track, gas-fired with a single flue boiler. The chassis is constructed from stainless steel, the wheels are uninsulated, the boiler is copper. The model is hoped to run round 4′ 6″ radius curves. This will be the first Accucraft model to benefit from assembly in Japan, bringing improved build quality and finish as well as giving us the option to offer the model in kit form, a first for Accucraft UK!
Length over buffers: 360mm (14½ inches)
Width: 90mm (3½ inches) Height: 119mm (4¾ inches)
Min Radius: 1.3m (4′6″) but to be confirmed
Boiler: Centre Flue
Working Pressure: 60psi
Valve Gear: Piston valves, two cylinders
Fuel: Butane Gas Boiler Fittings: Safety valve(s), pressure gauge, water gauge.
Cab Controls: Steam regulator, gas regulator, reverse lever, lubricator