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Kerr Stuart & Co. Ltd.’s standard-gauge “shunter” — switch engine — named “Victory” will be the next live-steam model for Accucraft UK, the company said.

“Given the demand for our 61XX we were certain that what was needed was a ‘starter’ locomotive for new live-steam entrants to the scale,” the company wrote in a post on its web site. ‘Victory’: Accucraft UK plans a 1:32-scale ‘shunter’ (switch engine) as its next offering. “The challenge was finding a prototype that had a long lifespan, good geographical coverage in the [United Kingdom] and that offered characteristics that would result in a robust, simple to operate model. Enter the ‘Victory.’”

The 1:32-scale, 0-6-0T locomotive will be 45mm gauge, 12-inches long, 3½-inches wide and 4¾-inches tall (305mm by 87mm by 120mm) and will support a 48-inch minimum radius (125cm). The finished model will weigh in at 6½ pounds (2.95kg).

The butane-fired engine will have a working pressure of 60psi in a center-flue boiler. The simulated Stephenson’s link valve gear will include a piston-type reverser with the lever in the cab. Also in the cab will be a steam regulator, gas regulator, lubricator and drain valve.

The model’s coal bunker can be lifted out, providing a space for radio control. The locomotive will be offered in two models: black with twin safety valves, or in “Swindon” Great Western Railway green livery with a safety-valve “bonnet.”

Accucraft UK is suggesting a price of £1050 ($US1593) for “Victory”; the company is on the Web at http://www.accucraft.uk.com or by phone at 011-44-1981-241380.