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Steam trains and threshers

By Scott E. McDonald Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015

An event that has become a staple in the annual calendar of the non-club entity often called the Aikenback Live Steamers, the Annual Swiss Pioneer Hay Days hosted by the Amish community near New Holland, Pa., was held July 31-Aug 1, at Big Spruce Farm.

Similar to other thresher events along the East Coast, the Pioneer Hay Days showcase the technology allowed within the Amish farms of the area, which includes restored tractors, both internal combustion and steam, and horse-drawn equipment.

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Chinese ‘Big Boy’ in 1:32 scale

Friday, July 17, 2015

Live-steam locomotive manufacturer Wuhu Arts & Crafts Co. Ltd. of Anhui, China, said late last year it would build a 1:32-scale model of the China Railways’ QianJin 2-10-2, known because of its wheel arrangement as the “Big Boy” of China.

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Steamup clinics to feature historian

Friday, June 26, 2015

Clinics that address a wide variety of railroad topics — ranging from building boilers for small-scale live steam engines to early 20th Century railroading in Nevada — will be covered at the National Summer Steamup, to be held July 15-19 in suburban Sacramento, Calif.

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In memoriam: Chris Burden

Friday, June 12, 2015

A versatile and renowned Los Angeles conceptual artist who had an interest in small-scale live steam died in May at age 69.

Chris Burden, a longtime professor of art at the University of California at Los Angeles, was perhaps best known for his 1971 piece of performance art where he stood in a gallery and had a friend shoot him in the arm with a rifle.

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Shift in Australian dealership

Friday, June 5, 2015

Long-time Australian small-scale live steam manufacturer and dealer Argyle Locomotive Works said late last year it is spinning off its locomotive and rolling stock development group that works with Accucraft Trains into a new stand-alone business.

Accucraft Australia Pty. Ltd. will be the new entity that helps Accucraft Trains of Union City, Calif., create both live steam and electric trains that operate in scales from 1:19 to 1:32.

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