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Aster goes to Switzerland

Friday, April 29, 2016

Next up for Aster Hobby Inc. of Yokohama, Japan, will be a Swiss switch engine that was used regularly up through the mid-1960s.

The Swiss Federal Railways E 3/3 (which would be called a 0-6-0 in Whyte notation) was a standard-gauge manufactured by the railroad between 1902 and 1915 and nicknamed “Tigerli” (or “tiger cub” in Swiss-German).

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Wuhu adds a German

Friday, March 18, 2016

In response to what it called “good sales” of its German BR41 locomotive, Wuhu Arts & Crafts Ltd. of Anhui, China, earlier this year said it would soon begin production of a 1:32-scale version of a live-steam BR46.

The BR46 is a 2-6-2T designed for use as a passenger engine. Five-hundred-twenty of them were built from 1928–1940 by a variety of German manufacturers. It had a length of 48-feet over the buffers and weighed in at 165,000 pounds.

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More 7/8ths for Train Dept.

Friday, Feb. 19, 2016

Building upon the success of its “Fairymead,” a 1:13.7-scale Australian locomotive, The Train Department of Hazlet, N.J., said last spring it will create two more models of two-foot-gauge locomotives, the Decauville Type 1, based on a restored locomotive that operates in excursion in South Africa, and the Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad Forney No. 6, which is preserved in Maine.

The French railroad manufacturing company Decauville built 600mm-610mm (two-foot-gauge) railroads for the French military, and for civilian uses worldwide. Decauville took over the manufacturing of a 2¾-ton two-foot locomotive and made it a bit larger, creating the three-ton Type 1.

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Railroad librarian: ‘Passion for Steam’ an important book for anyone in hobby

By Dave Cole Friday, Jan. 15, 2016

The cupola view

Let’s get to the point quickly: A new edition of “A Passion for Steam” has been released and anybody who wants to understand our hobby should own a copy. And, if history is any indication, one should move fairly quickly.

Marc Horovitz, the author, truly has a passion for steam, and it is illustrated profusely here.

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A Garratt from Roundhouse

Friday, Dec. 11, 2015

A narrow-gauge locomotive that ran in India for 43 years will be the latest live-steam model from Roundhouse Engineering Ltd., the company said last spring. It is creating a version of the Garratt that ran on the two-foot gauge Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR), No. 31, in West Bengal, India.

English locomotive manufacturer Beyer Peacock & Co. of Manchester, which specialized in Garratts — the articulated locomotives with two separate steam engines on each end of a center boiler — built the 0-4-0+0-4-0 locomotive in 1910 and DHR gave it a “D” class designation. It was only the third Garratt constructed at the time.

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