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Our latest OO gauge announcement are two new wagons in our rapidly growing range of OO rolling stock; the JSA hooded and open steel coil carriers! 

 

Finding itself with a need for additional steel coil carriers at the same time as a sizeable number of its JTA+JUA (formerly PTA) iron ore tippler wagons became surplus to requirements, in 1996 British Steel commissioned Marcroft Engineering of Stoke-on-Trent to rebuild 56 examples to convey coils for its Strip Products division. These wagons were outshopped with three-stage telescopic hoods and were painted blue with white text, in keeping with the company’s famous branding.

 

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The new fleet received the designation ‘JSA’ under the railway network’s Total Operations Processing System (TOPS). These wagons were chiefly utilised on dedicated steel traffic flows emanating from Llanwern and Port Talbot, and on Enterprise diagrams serving the likes of Scunthorpe and Sheerness. Services included Margam to Dee Marsh (for Shotton), Llanwern, Ebbw Vale, Round Oak and Wolverhampton Steel Terminal, the Newport tripper (between ADJ, East Usk, Newport Docks, Llanwern, etc), various Enterprise services in the 90s including Swansea-Newport ADJ, Newport ADJ-Warrington Arpley, Warrington Arpley-Tees Yard, Tees Yard-Middlesbrough Dawsons, Immingham-Doncaster Belmont/Margam, Sheerness-Mossend (from Arpley north) and others.

 

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In the early 2000s, ownership of the wagons transferred to rolling stock leasing firm VTG. Around this time, the original flush-sided plate steel hoods began to be re-panelled with a rivetted aluminium skin, which bore the logo of the wagons’ new owners. Throughout this time, the wagons continued to serve the sites for which they had been built on the same services.

 

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In 2018 Arlington Fleet Services began to refurbish several JSA wagons at the its Eastleigh workshops. As part of this process, the wagons have had their hoods removed and have entered traffic as open coil carriers on traffic flows from Margam to Llanwern and Corby. So far, over 50 of these wagons have been outshopped, with more currently being converted at Eastleigh.

 

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We began design of these wagons alongside our PTA/JTA/JUA project earlier this year, with all three distinct wagons being tooled side by side. Tooling is now complete on the PTA/JTA/JUA, with the JSA tooling to be completed within the next two weeks.

 

Specification is as follows

  • Pack of two Wagons, each with individual running number and decoration
  • OO Gauge / 1:76.2 Scale Models
  • NEM standard coupler pockets with ‘kinematic’ close coupling functionality
  • NEM narrow tension lock couplers
  • Sprung metal buffers
  • Etched metal factory fitted detailing
  • Extra fine factory fitted detail plastic parts
  • Extra fine factory fitted Pipework
  • Individual lettering, logos and codes from real wagons for authenticity
  • BSC Axle Motion bogies
  • Blackened RP25.110 profile wheelsets with 14.4mm back-to-back measurements, and 26mm over pinpoints
  • Designed for easy conversion to EM and P4 gauges

 

Tooling for the wagons will allow us to represent the wagons in their as built British Steel Blue with plated steel sides, the rivetted  aluminium  skin when VTG assumed ownership, and the open coil carriers recently rebuilt by Arlington at Eastleigh, giving modellers a 23 year range of steel carrying wagons, some of which will continue in service for many years to come.

 

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These distinctive wagons are available in a pack of two for £59.95, with three British Steel, three VTG hooded wagons and three open coil carrier packs on offer. Bundle deals will be available too. These wagons will also be available to order though our approved Accurascale stockists. Delivery will be in January 2020. Modellers can place their orders here: https://accurascale.co.uk/collections/jsa-coil-carrier

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Phew my wallet is safe again!

 

I fear the day you release a range of accurate GER coaches lol

 

Should be very popular and again a long service life means suitable for a lot of layouts.

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How long before the cries of '30 quid for a wagon!' are heard? Having built several of the earlier VTG type from scratch (starting by making my own drawings), these are very reasonably priced.

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Sadly too late for me but a great looking wagon and great re-use of the PTA chassis and bogies. I always liked the British Steel blue ones.

A really good price too. Less that £27 a wagon if you buy six. 

 

My wallet is a bit happier but it is going to take a hit soon on the PFAs and PTAs.

 

Looking forward to the next announcement :)

 

The wishlist team are going to have to make a last minute deletion.

 

 

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Maths :)
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We’ve placed our orders, and these will be available from Trains4U in January if anyone wants to try before they buy!

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Hi Fran, 

 

This is an excellent announcement. Have you announced another new model today as a few days ago you mentioned that their would be two announcements?

 

Thank you very much in advance. 

 

Kind Regards, 

 

Danny. 

 

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13 minutes ago, DRS Crewe On A Mission said:

Hi Fran, 

 

This is an excellent announcement. Have you announced another new model today as a few days ago you mentioned that their would be two announcements?

 

Thank you very much in advance. 

 

Kind Regards, 

 

Danny. 

 

Hi Danny,

 

Thanks for that. We classed the open coil carriers as a separate wagon as it is completely different tooling, so they're the two announcements.

 

Cheers,

 

Fran

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Yet another great announcement, would there be a chance of a formations guide for these?

 

Now to see what Warley brings???

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Fran and co - should I just give you direct access to my bank account... Accurascale are costing me a serious amount of money :-)

 

 

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Excellent guys. Any plans to do the version with a more rounded hood with green frames and silver panels?

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Hi,

 

A great choice!

I quite liked the one another manufacturer produced with the ribbed sides but always preferred these smooth sided types. Also, good to see the various versions, including open types being offered and certainly widens the era choices.

 

Just recently, I saw a train of these sorts of wagons behind an EWS 66 on an ex Long Marston service which I think was heading for Eastleigh.  It sounds like it was yet more going for conversion, judging by your comments above.

 

As I like the modern era and am not fixed to a specific date range, at least two of your offerings are of interest - both VTG's, so that'll be two sets... which means I'm now having to work harder to pay your salaries!  <Though I really don't mind - keep it up!>

 

Cheers,

Ixion.

 

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Very nice.  Is it fair to assume that the hoods do indeed retract, as pictured?

 

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cheers

Al

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They are designed to be posable, but we'll have further details in the coming weeks as we get our hands on the prototypes.

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3 hours ago, Accurascale Fran said:

Hi Danny,

 

Thanks for that. We classed the open coil carriers as a separate wagon as it is completely different tooling, so they're the two announcements.

 

Cheers,

 

Fran

 

Hi Fran, 

 

Thanks for the reply. I really appreciate it. Of course, now I see what you mean. The JSA wagons are a really nice announcement. I have seen some photos of the new converted ones at Eastleigh Arlington. They look very nice indeed. Keep up the good work. I look forward to seeing further excellent announcements. 

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This link may be of interest:-

https://ukrailwaypics.smugmug.com/UKRailRollingstock/J-/JSA-Covered-coil-carriers/

The green and silver version seems to exist in at least two variations, differing in the amount of curvature.

With regard to train formations, they seem to vary from day to day, but apart from JSAs, might include BAA and BBA with cradles or hoods, the older-style 'ribbed' Tiphooks, BRA and BYA 'pig-huts', SNCF 'shorty' coils. If that isn't enough variety, then I have seen bogie container flats for lime from Thrislington ( https://ukrailwaypics.smugmug.com/UKRailRollingstock/F/FCA-intermodal-flats/i-6ns3KLF/A ). More recently, I have heard of some traffic in coke-oven by-products, which I believe also goes to the North East.

 

 

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Well, that kit isn't getting built any time soon! Definitely down for a pair in silver at least.

 

Might be tempted with the 2018 refurbished ones as well, as I caught (what I believe is) the first rake of wagons to be converted moving to Wales. The working was 6Z25 Eastleigh Arlington to Llanwern Exchange Sidings, caught at Mottisfont & Dunbridge on 18th September 2018.

 

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Andy.

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Not sure how many will be converted in total, but another 10 went from Eastleigh to Newport last Sunday night, so the fleet is growing!

 

Out of interest, will any of the silver hoods be issued with the later VTG logo? There's a mix on the real ones, I believe done in two batches

Jo

 

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Brilliant news. Well done again guys.

 

Excellent choices. I'm going to have to do more overtime. Daggnabbit.

 

Really great value too.

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There are some photos of the latest batch of refurbished versions taken in the Eastleigh works on 30th September on Carl Watson's excellent site - http://www.carlswatson.com/trains. You can also access them through the www.47soton.co.uk website which is always worth looking at and doesn't restrict itself to just news from the Southampton area. 

 

Godfrey

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Definitely interested in these, and I was wondering how long it would be after the jua/jta, announcement, you guys don't mess around! Getting closer to an accurate covered steel coil train now, IHA next?! :rolleyes:

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1 hour ago, chriswild said:

Definitely interested in these, and I was wondering how long it would be after the jua/jta, announcement, you guys don't mess around! Getting closer to an accurate covered steel coil train now, IHA next?! https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/emoticons/default_rolleyes.gif

 

Thanks Chris, it seemed like a no brainer to develop them side by side, and we do love a wagon with multiple variations on a single chassis! 

 

Cheers!

 

Fran

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I know it’s the same old can we have bla bla....but lol 

 

Can we have these in O gauge please, there ideal to run in short rakes of as few as 5 or 6 wagons behind a Class 08 ideal for small o gauge layouts.

 

 

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