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In Memoriam - Editor Dave Cole

By Scott McDonald Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017

Dave Cole It is with very heavy hearts that the staff of Steam in the Garden has to announce the passing of our esteemed editor Dave Cole on 17 January 2017. Dave lost his battle against cancer and will be dearly missed.

Dave began as a small-scale live steam hobbyist in the late 1990s. Dave has been the editor of Steam in the Garden magazine since January 2011. He has built two live-steam railroads and owned a variety of live-steam locomotives and rolling stock. Dave has detailed much about his live-steam enthusiasm at his web site http://www.45mm.com, where the builds of his two railroads are documented.

Dave was also a prime mover for the National Summer Steamup held each year in Sacramento, CA. Dave served as Newsletter Editor for the Bay Area Garden Railway Society and was also the editor of the 2006 National Garden Railway Convention program.

Dave had been a journalist since the early 1970s and was an editor at magazines and newspapers, including Rolling Stone and the San Francisco Examiner.

He co-founded a quarterly non-profit magazine in 1974 and continued to edit it through 1983. He has owned the weekly business-to-business newsletter www.newsinc.net since 1997 and has been a consultant to print and new media publishers since 1989.

Dave is survived by his sister Sally. Dave has requested that his ashes be thrown into the belly of a live steam locomotive and blown out the stack. His live steam friends are working to make his last wish come true.


A U.K. 0-6-0 tank in 1:32 scale

Friday, June 24, 2016

Kerr Stuart & Co. Ltd.’s standard-gauge “shunter” — switch engine — named “Victory” will be the next live-steam model for Accucraft UK, the company said.

“Given the demand for our 61XX we were certain that what was needed was a ‘starter’ locomotive for new live-steam entrants to the scale,” the company wrote in a post on its web site.

Read more: A U.K. 0-6-0 tank in 1:32 scale


Schug’s 8-driver Saxon

Friday, June 10, 2016

Modeled after a type of Günther-Meyer German steam locomotive used up until the mid-1990s, MBV Schug said its next engine would be the Saxon IV K, a narrow-gauge engine with eight drivers.

The IV K was designed for the Royal Saxon State Railways’ 750mm narrow gauge (29½ inches). The unique 0-4-4-0 configuration placed the cylinders back-to-back on each side in the middle of the engine for better adhesion than the predecessor 0-4-0 and 0-6-0 locomotives.

Read more: Schug’s 8-driver Saxon


In memoriam: Andre Anderson

Friday, May 27, 2016

A man whose hobbies were so numerous he needed to work at a hobby shop, Andre “Andy” Anderson of Portland, Ore., loved trains so much he worked for a tourist railroad and played with small-scale live steam engines.

Anderson died in his sleep July 30, 2015, at age 56 from a heart attack; he is survived by his wife of 29 years, Barbara, and two sisters.

Read more: In memoriam: Andre Anderson


Out-of-stock parts revived

Friday, May 13, 2016

Small-scale live steam engineering firm Triple R Services LLC of Mount Holly, N.J., it is now making Aster locomotive replacement parts for those that are no longer stocked.

The lost-wax castings are made with high-quality jewelry grade bronze and are based on the original parts. Currently available are parts for the Aster Pennsylvania Railroad K4 — the marker light top and base, the pilot, the headlight base, the tender-truck sides and the water-overflow drains.

Read more: Out-of-stock parts revived


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