Accurascale has announced its latest all-new OO gauge wagon project, the common BR 16ton steel mineral open wagon.
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.
The BR 16-ton all-steel wagon was a ubiquitous sight on the British railways during the 1950s and 1960s. It could be found on sidings, freight yards, and industrial railway systems all over the country. These wagons were vitally important for transporting coal and other minerals, and they played a key role in the British economy at the time.
The RTR model mineral wagon has a die-cast metal chassis with a plastic body and is 78mm over buffers and 34.53mm wide. The wheelbase is 36mm, which allows it to operate over a minimum radius of 371mm (1st radius set-track). The wagon has separately fitted side, top, and end doors. The wheels are metal 3-hole wheels that are chemically blackened and have a 00 Gauge RP25-110 standard. They are set in blackened brass bearings and conform to Accurascale standards of 14.4mm back-to-back, on 2mm axles over 26mm pinpoints. The wagon also has 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, and turned metal sprung buffers.
Initially, models will focus on the unfitted Morton braked versions, with models of Diagram 1/108, 1/109, and MCO rebodied wagons in a variety of liveries and running gear combinations in the first batch of releases. 20 different packs to make up the first run between general releases in BR livery, a selection of private owner sets reflecting later use in industrial railway settings and Accurascale Exclusive packs (announced later this year)
They will be sold in triple packs at a cost of £74.95 per pack, with delivery is planned for quarter 3 in 2024.
For the history of the wagon and further details, see the Accurascale website.
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