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In memoriam: Darrel ‘Stretch’ Manley

Friday, May 22, 2015

A life-long train buff who spent a decade as a supplier to the small-scale live steam community, Darrel “Stretch” Manley provided many in the hobby with a lifeline to a variety of parts and components for steaming and garden railroading. Manley’s January 2014 death after a long illness was revealed only late last year.

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Portland spring brings steamers

By Dave Cole Friday, May 15, 2015

Steam Scene

While they always say in Portland, Ore., that if you don’t like the weather, just wait a few minutes, it is doubly true in the springtime. With three spring Staver Locomotive steamups under my belt, I’ve seen one beautiful week, one cold and rainy week and one a mixture of the two.

The latter was the 2015 event, held April 23-26. About 50 live steamers from around the Western United States (and a few from farther afield) attended this year’s event, held in a remodeled industrial building in Northwest Portland.

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Mid-Michigan train show steamup

By Bob Winkel Friday, April 24, 2015

Steam Scene

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.

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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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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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