Steamie Video Awards 2013 winners announced

Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014

Steamie Video Awards

At a ceremony at the International Small Scale Steamup in Diamondhead, Miss., on Jan. 17, a steamer from Maine won the first “Steamie Video Award” for best video of a live-steam train operating in scales from 1:13.7 to 1:32.

Eric Schade’s “Blizzard on the Winnegance and Quebec,” won the overall grand prize of the year, garnering a trophy and an Accucraft ”Dora” locomotive for the effort.

Schade submitted a number of videos and he also won the “steamup” category and had two videos highlighted in the ”notable entries” categories.

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Aster goes with another U.P. mainliner

Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013

Aster Hobby’s concept drawing for its 1:32-scale model for Union Pacific No. 844.

Following in the successful footsteps of last year’s release of a live-steam model of Union Pacific’s “Challenger” 4-6-6-4, Aster Hobby USA LLC said recently its next U.S. locomotive would be the Union Pacific FEF3, No. 844.

FEFs — which stands for “four-eight-four,” the Whyte notation of the locomotive — were delivered in three batches to U.P. by American Locomotive Co. (Alco) between 1937-1944. No. 844 was the last steam locomotive delivered to Union Pacific and is the only U.S. steam locomotive to never be decommissioned.

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Layout builder wins award

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Winner of the 2013 Ron Brown Memorial Steamup Enthusiasm Award Glen Simpson, right, is congratulated by the 2011 winner, Geoff Spenceley, left. Photo by Rick Parker.

Second-generation model railroader Glen Simpson was somewhat taken aback when he was given the Ron Brown Memorial Steamup Enthusiasm Award at the National Summer Steamup in McClellan, Calif., on July 20.

He shouldn’t have been: Glen had purchased the former Bay Area Garden Railway Society portable steam layout last spring, performed serious upgrades on it, added new track with sidings and switches and brought the layout to the Summer Steamup for all to enjoy.

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Michigan’s March magic

By Bob Winkel Saturday, July 13, 2013

Ron Kurtz’s ‘Ruby’ delights a young viewer at the Mid-Michigan Model Train Show, March 24. The Michigan Small Scale Live Steamers boiled a lot of water in March 2013. We are a travelling club, with a portable track that we set up at various venues in southeast Michigan. The approach of spring brought a flurry of train shows and we get invited to a fair share of the events to show off our steamers.

For a 2013 warm-up, some members went down to Diamondhead, Miss., in January.

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New switch at Sunset Valley

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Sunset Valley’s newest switch (turnout) fits tight spots.Sunset Valley Railroad of Lake Tapps, Wash., recently said it is now offering a new curved switch in 45mm gauge, Code 250 rail. The outer radius curve is 90-inches and the inner curve is 38-inches, with a No. 4 frog.

“These switches are ideal for those tight spots on the layout where a regular switch would not fit in,” said Pete Comley, proprietor of Sunset Valley.

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