Wuhu to build Pennsy 4-6-0

Friday, April 10, 2015

Next up for Wuhu Arts & Crafts Co. Ltd., the Chinese company said last summer, will be a 1:32-scale live-steam model of the Pennsylvania Railroad G5 locomotive, a 4-6-0 used in passenger service from the mid-1920s through the mid-1950s.

The PRR model closely follows Bowande Wuhu’s release of the Rogers Locomotive’s 4-6-0, the Illinois Central No. 382, which was made famous in the song, “The Ballad of Casey Jones.” Wuhu began delivery of No. 382 in the late summer.

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Mid-Michigan Model Train Show steamup 2015

By Bob Winkel Friday, April 24, 2015

Pent-up steam demand was quite evident on Sunday, March 22, at the Finch Field House in Mount Pleasant, Mich. The Michigan Small-Scale Live Steamers had a banner turnout of 15 members – all rarin’ to go. With so many hands, track setup went fast and we were in good shape when organizers opened the doors to the public at 11 a.m.

Early on, we saw Tom Myers and Fred Gandolfi put trains on the rails. Tom ran his green “Tom Rolt,” with three coaches and a caboose. Fred was on the outside track with his Pennsy 0-6-0 pulling six black gondolas.

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Diamondhead 2015

Friday, March 27, 2015

More than 130 small-scale live steamers from 32 states and four countries attended the 2015 edition of the International Small-Scale Steamup in Diamondhead, Miss., from Jan. 8-15.

The event included not only the layouts owned by the organizers, but also Richard Jacobs’ layout that has HO-gauge as well as 45mm track and went around the hot-tub spa of the host hotel, the Diamondhead Inn & Suites. Terry Smelser also brought a layout that was “well used.”

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Gauge One kits move to new dealer

Friday, March 13, 2015

Following 2013’s death of Peter Marshall, the owner of the United Kingdom’s The Wagon & Carriage Works, Just the Ticket Engineering Supplies says it has taken over the Gauge One kits and fittings portion of that business.

Roger Melton, proprietor of Just the Ticket, said he is in the process of ramping up production on a wide number of locomotive, wagon, coach and van kits, as well as stocking the castings and accessories that Wagon & Carriage Works formerly carried.

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Lots coming out of the U.K.

Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

Isle of Man garden railway dealer TrackShack has commissioned a number of new locomotives and rolling stock from Accucraft UK, resulting in deliveries of a lot of live-steam related products in the coming weeks.

TrackShack had Accucraft build it a new 1:13.7-scale locomotive, “Sea Lion,” a Bagnall 2-4-0T live-steam engine. The model is of a two-foot-gauge engine that runs on the Groudle Glen Railway, an all-volunteer excursion railway that is also on the Isle of Man.

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