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TrackShack  >  Garden Railways >  Accucraft UK 7/8ths Live Steam  >  Accucraft/TrackShack live steam 7/8ths Polar Bear 2-4-0T: pre-order

Accucraft/TrackShack live steam 7/8ths Polar Bear 2-4-0T: pre-order

Accucraft/TrackShack live steam 7/8ths Polar Bear 2-4-0T: pre-order

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Get FREE UK delivery with 5 Star Quality Service from the leading retailer of Accucraft UK live steam locomotives.

Stock due June 2018 or later booking now, date and price may vary.

7/8ths Polar Bear 2-4-0T with Manual Control: £1295.00
7/8ths Polar Bear 2-4-0T with Radio Control: £1595.00

Please take this item to the checkout to pre-order your Polar Bear, no deposit is required at this stage. We will contact you for a deposit once design work is complete and production about to start at the factory. We will then contact you again to arrange the final payment and delivery shortly before stock arrives with us.


In its original guise Groudle Glen Railway operated with two steam locomotives, Sea Lion of 1896 and Polar Bear of 1905, both built by Bagnalls of Stafford.

The railway’s volunteers have long held a dream to restore the scene of two Bagnall locomotives operating down the glen at Groudle on a permanent basis. With this in mind, and on account of the reasonable certainty that Polar Bear will never return to the Glen permanently, the Groudle volunteers decided to replace her with a replica built to the original 1905 design. Continuing the theme of naming locomotives after the animals that once inhabited the Victorian zoo at the railway’s Sea Lion Rocks Terminus the new locomotive is being named Brown Bear.

To turn this dream into reality, the railway launched a ‘Build Brown Bear’ appeal to raise the envisaged £50,000 plus required to fund the construction of the locomotive.

At the time of writing (July 2016) the new build is well on. The frames are on the wheels with cylinders and many motion parts fitted as a rolling chassis. The tanks and cab have been made and the order placed for construction of the boiler. The original chimney from locomotive Polar Bear (which now carries Sea Lion’s original chimney) has been restored and will be incorporated into the new locomotive to ensure a historical link with the past.

Following the success of the model of Sea Lion commissioned from Accucraft UK by TrackShack we are pleased to now launch new models of both Polar Bear and the new build Brown Bear. Once again 50% of any profit from these models will be donated to the ‘Build Brown Bear’ appeal, and along with the monies donated through the model of Sea Lion these funds are being ring fenced in the charity accounts ready to pay for the new boiler for Brown Bear.

The new model of Polar Bear carries the original Bagnall lined yellow livery as originally delivered in 1905. The new model of Brown Bear carries the lined light brown livery that will be carried by the new build loco when completed at Groudle.

We would like to record our thanks to volunteers at the Amberely Museum and Heritage Centre for their help in researching the model of Polar Bear, and indeed their help with research for the new build Brown Bear at the Groudle Glen Railway. We would also like to record our thanks to Accucraft UK Ltd for their support in helping us produce these models as a fundraiser for the ‘Build Brown Bear’ appeal.

Everyone who purchases a model of Polar Bear or Brown Bear will receive a personal invite to Brown Bear’s Launch day, plus a signed funding certificate

This is a 1:13.7 scale model, 45mm gauge only, built from Brass and Steel.

The model is to 7/8ths” scale (1:13.7) for 45mm gauge track and will happily harmonise with the Trackshack/IP Engineering range of 7/8ths” scale Groudle Glen rolling stock kits. Built to Accucraft’s usual high standards, the loco is constructed of copper, brass and stainless steel and carries the enhanced level of detail that scale allows. These the models are exclusively available from Trackshack. At least 50% of any profit from this model is going to the Groudle Glen Railway to help with the Build Brown Bear Appeal.

Specifications
Scale: 7/8ths” to 1 foot (1:13.7)
Length: 242 mm (9.5 inches) over buffer planks
Width: 95 mm (3.75 inches)
Height: 146 mm (5.75 inches)

Couplings: standard Accucraft choppers set at 25mm height. This is the correct 7/8ths scale height for Groudle stock and is also rather convenient as this is the height for 16mm scale stock as well.

Weight: TBC
Min Radius: 2 feet (LGB radius 1)
Gauge: 45mm only
Boiler: Centre Flue
Working Pressure: 60 psi
Reversing Gear: Simplified Stephenson’s link, reverse by lever in the cab
Fuel: Butane Gas
Boiler Fittings: Safety valve, pressure gauge, water gauge, Goodall valve
Cab Controls: Steam regulator, gas regulator, reverse lever, displacement lubricator.


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