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By Scott McDonald Friday, March 17, 2017

Remember the Thursday Night Chats back in the 90's? Well it seems that a lot of people who remember are asking why we don't have it anymore. And those who are new are asking why we don't have a chat line now. So since you've asked, we've listened and are in the process of bringing Thursday Night Chats back!!

The Thursday Night Chats will be hosted here at Steamup.com and moderated. All you will need to participate is a Steamup.com login. The same one you use for the Forums. We will activate the chat session remotely and as soon as you login you will see a new menu item on the left called "Web Chat". Clicking that menu item will pop up the web chat activation page which also has the chat help file, system requirements and chat room rules. The web chat window will also pop-up in the lower right corner.

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In Memoriam - Tom Myers

By Will Lindley Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Tom died suddenly and unexpectedly on Saturday, January 14, 2017 while attending his 22nd consecutive International Small Scale Steamup at Diamondhead, Mississippi. SteamTom1 as he was affectionately called, grew up in Connecticut where he attended a small parochial elementary school and high school. On graduation, he attended Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, the third oldest Jesuit college in the Nation. Even after graduation, and while attending steam-ups at the Diamondhead International Small Scale Steamup, he would return to Spring Hill College to attend Mass at the campus Chapel. After graduation from Spring Hill, Tom joined the U.S. Air Force and was deployed to the Philippines where he met and married his lovely wife, Lilia. On return to the mainland, Tom obtained a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois.

Tom Myers

On his retirement from the Air Force, Tom's career took him to Chrysler where his electronic skills got him involved with several new vehicle launches. It was Chrysler that brought him to Michigan.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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