Accucraft model donation boosts
“Peter” Fundraising effort

July 2019

The Museum’s fundraising campaign to pay for boiler repairs and mechanical work to its 2-foot gauge Bagnall locomotive “Peter” received a significant boost last autumn with a donation from a well-known model manufacturer.

Accucraft, who specialise in large scale live steam model locomotives, have donated one of their 7/8”/ft scale Bagnall saddle tank models for the Museum to sell by Sealed Bid Auction. The model runs on 45mm gauge track. The model being auctioned is a one-off version of their standard model, customised to look like “Peter” (without a cab) and finished in the Crimson Lake livery currently carried by the full size locomotive at Amberley. The standard model usually retails in the region of £1200.

The Museum staff, trustees and volunteers are extremely grateful to Graham Langer and Ian Pearse of Accucraft for this generous contribution to our fundraising campaign.

Initially the auction was put in place at the end of 2018 but no bids reached the reserve which we placed on it. A re-examination of the idea has resulted in the decision to relaunch the sale but with a reserve now set at £700.00.

Sealed Bids are once again being invited for the purchase of this unique model. The auction will run until the end of September 2019 and bids must be received by The Museum in writing by mid-day on Monday 30 September 2019. The bids will then be examined and the winner notified on Wednesday 2 October. Bid forms may be obtained using the download link below, or by post on receipt of an S.A.E. from Peter Trinder, c/o Amberley Museum, New Barn Lane, Amberley, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9LT.

“Peter” was built in 1918 by W G Bagnall of Stafford as a 3 foot gauge machine and went to work for the Canadian Forestry Corps at Longtown, Cumberland. After its use there ceased, Bagnall’s reacquired it, converted it to 2 foot gauge and then sold it on to the Cliffe Hill Granite Co in Leicestershire. There it worked until 1949 during which time the name “Peter” was acquired.

By the 1960s “Peter” was in the ownership of the Narrow Gauge Railway Society and became part of the Brockham Museum collection moving to Amberley when the two collections were amalgamated in 1982. “Peter” was restored to working order in 1993 and has been a mainstay of the Museum’s steam railway operation ever since, along with “Polar Bear”, another product of the Staffordshire company.

“Peter’s” last duties were at the end of the Museum's Chrismas events in December 2018 and work has now begun with the boiler having been removed and taken to Bennett Boilers in Highbridge, Somerset.

the bid document.

If you do not wish to take part in the auction but would still like to help with our fundraising campaign, please consider making a donation. If you are able to Gift Aid your donation (you have to be a UK tax-payer to do so) then this will boost the amount you give by a further 25%. Please download and complete this Gift Aid form. Send them both to the Museum at the address given above.

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