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Victorian Railways NA Class, Baldwin 2-6-2T (Deposit)

Victorian Railways NA Class, Baldwin 2-6-2T (Deposit)

Accucraft Trains - The turn of the century Baldwin industrial tank engine was a popular choice for the logging, mining and plantation industries in the US, Hawaii and south of the border. 

In 1898 a pair of 2’6” gauge 2-6-2 Baldwins found their way to Victoria in Australia to server the remote farming and forestry communities. By 1915 seventeen were in service. They were classified as the ‘NA’ class, meaning narrow gauge A class, and given road numbers 1A through to 17A. Six of the NA class have survived and are preserved on the ‘Puffing Billy Railway’ east of Melbourne.

 

The American Baldwin

 It was common for US builders to provide new locomotives using works livery. 

‘1A’, the first of the Australian Baldwins was delivered in a ‘Light Ivy Green and gold, Style 292’ livery from the Baldwin ‘Book of Styles’. This was a Baldwin stock export livery of single green finish, lined with gold and red ‘shadow line’. The green paint finish was used extensively on the locomotive, including the chassis bar frames and cranks.

It was also delivered in the American body style with clamped smokebox door, wooden pilot (cow catcher) and chopper couplings. Later in their service life the locos were modified to suite the domestic service requirements.

 

The Accucraft ‘1A’ model will be an exact replica of this first Baldwin as delivered from Philadelphia in the ‘Light Ivy Green and gold livery.

 

A Black data only version of 1A with planished iron boiler jacket will also be available for those wanting an American industrial loco in a plain black livery.

 

The Preserved Baldwins

The six NA class Baldwins preserved on the ‘Puffing Billy Railway’ east of Melbourne will be modelled as they appear today

 

  • Two Tone Green With White Lining
  • Canadian Pacific Red & Dark Brown
  • All Over Black Livery (no lining)

 

They will be fitted with Knuckle Couplings and numbered loco plates (3A, 6A, 7A, 8A, 12A, 14A) supplied in loose format.

 

The Model

Last produced by Accucraft in 2014, these models soon sold out. A second batch is now underway. The 2014 production only modelled the preserved locomotives. This time we are including a model of ‘1A’ in the original Baldwin 1898 factory livery and configuration and a black data only version of ‘1A’.

 

Starting with a design review to accommodate the latest manufacturing methods and the availability in kit form. The five versions being developed are:

 

As Preserved

  • Two Tone Green With White Lining
  • Canadian Pacific Red & Dark Brown
  • All Over Black Livery (no lining)

Original 1898 Baldwin configuration 

  • ‘1A’ with original bodywork, fittings and Ivy Green livery. 
  • Black data only version of ‘1A’ with planished iron boiler jacket

The models will be supplied as 45 mm gauge with re-gaugeable wheels for 32mm track.

Butane fired and fitted with a water top-up valve, water gauge, lubricator and pressure gauge. Constructed of stainless steel and brass with a copper boiler it will have sprung axles, slide valves with full working Stephenson valve gear and cylinder drain cocks. An optional RC Mechanical Fittings Kit will be available for the live steam version. 

 

  • 1:20.3 Scale, 45mm Gauge
  • Live Steam
  • Brass & stainless steel constructions

 

Prices:

Live Steam (With axle pump and hand pump, KIT, $2695, Pre-Sale $2500

Live Steam (With axle pump and hand pump, RTR, $2950, Pre-Sale $2800

 

A non-refundable deposit of $150 is required at the time of reservation.   The deposit will be applied towards the cost of your model.   We will contact you when the model is ready for delivery.   

    $150.00Price

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