Forthcoming Decauville 3-ton loco

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Exciting news for those, like me, who are contemplating a 7/8″ estate railway in the garden and looking for something small to pull their stock. Jason Kovac at The Train Department has teamed up with David Fletcher, with plans to bring a 7/8″ (1:13.7) scale model of a Decauville Type 1 3-ton locomotive to market.

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(Click on the image to visit The Train Department’s page for more information)

The model will be based on measurements and drawings of a restored locomotive at the Sandstone Estates in South Africa.

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This butane-fired model will be available in Maroon, Green and Black. While the website doesn’t explicitly state it, the model is listed on the “Accucraft” page so it’s safe to assume that Accucraft is the builder. The model will be gauge adjustable for both 32mm and 45mm railways and at just over 8″ long and 7″ high, it’ll be perfect for puttering around an estate railway or small industrial line.

Pricing and delivery to be finalized so I won’t provide specifics on either here, other than to say “Contact Jason if you’re interested”.

4 thoughts on “Forthcoming Decauville 3-ton loco

  1. Suzanne Bradley


    I would wish to use the picture of Decauville No.302 ‘Bathala’ on a page in our forthcoming show guide.

    To whom should I seek permission? Do you know?


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    1. Trevor Post author

      Hi Suzanne:
      No idea. I suggest you contact Sandstone Estates in South Africa.
      Sorry I can’t be of more help…

  2. Trevor Post author

    An update on these:
    As noted in this subsequent post, the Decauville locomotives have arrived! They’re beautiful although at this writing they do have some steaming issues. That said, Accucraft is producing a fix for Decauville owners, and the live steam community is developing its own fixes to make these run as nicely as they look.


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