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Hero

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Re: Accucraft
« Reply #15 on: May 15, 2019, 08:38:11 pm »
Thanks for the information, Chris. There don't seem to be many of those Superiors out there, though, do there?
Bob

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Re: Accucraft
« Reply #16 on: May 21, 2019, 01:35:01 pm »
Just realised we had previously discussed this on the other forum.

Accucraft locos are made in batches from China. I'm told that Accucraft UK could have a batch of 100 made, originally allowing for a few non-runners in a batch (reliability appears to be improving). So it is likely that the Superior was only available in one batch. Certainly I've seen around 4 available for sale on the Facebook Garden Railway Trading Group in the last year or so.

The Leader was eventually offered at a reduced price to clear out their remaining stock.

I suppose unless you are modelling the Bowaters/SKLR railway or Whipsnade Zoo Railway, maybe it is harder to accept Superior as a generic loco as the more popular Accucraft UK locos (Caradoc, Edrig & Ragleth, etc.)?

I'm trying to work my way through my expanding loco roster to ensure more of them get used more frequently, so my Superior 'Smasher' is getting close for another outing. It will be getting the 'Smasher' name plates mounted & I'll have another look at the tender draw bar & R/C harness to see if I can improve the running characteristics (it derailed on a problematic set of points & descending curve on a friend's layout, which has also caught out a few more locos with pony/trailing trucks).

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Hero

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Re: Accucraft
« Reply #17 on: May 22, 2019, 07:26:20 am »
Thanks for the information, Chris. It explains why I've never seen another one of these.
Bob

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Hero

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Re: Accucraft
« Reply #19 on: June 07, 2019, 01:16:44 pm »
Bob

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Re: Accucraft
« Reply #20 on: June 13, 2019, 08:32:12 am »
That's a lot of money for a loco that has clearly been run several times & has the battle scars to prove it. Obviously a loco that has been returned. The 32mm gauge trailing truck wheelset is virtually impossible to obtain. I could not find one (same style) for a pre-owned Leader - fortunately the trader later visited the original owner & found the unused 32mm wheelset.

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Hero

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Re: Accucraft
« Reply #21 on: June 13, 2019, 02:48:23 pm »
I was, of course, being facetious. I would never spend that much money (add 1/3 for conversion to Canadian dollars!).

And mine has the 32mm trailing truck....
Bob