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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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In memoriam: Peter Jobusch

Friday, Nov. 27, 2015

Lifelong fan of railroads and urban transit systems Peter Jobusch enjoyed rail travel in Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas and was a collector of model trains of many sizes, but in recent years had focused on outdoor railroading, especially small-scale live steam. His “Mardis Gras,” “Tea Time” and other whimsical trains were big hits at the International Small Scale Steamup in Diamondhead, Miss., for years.

Jobusch died on Jan. 25 at age 66 after almost a year of battling cancer.

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Accucraft UK goes with African loco

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015

A live-steam model of a 30-inch gauge locomotive built by The Hunslet Engine Co. Ltd. of Leeds, England, that handled switching service in Sierra Leone from the 1950s to the 1970s — and which did excursion service in England from the 1980s until 2010 — has been announced by Accucraft UK Ltd.

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