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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.

Robert J. Church, the railroad author and historian, will present a Friday session on the photography of Stanley Palmer, a Reno resident who made hundreds of railroad-related photos in the Sierra Nevadas between 1910 and 1920.

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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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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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