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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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Mamod makes a saddle tank

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015

Following the success of its “Diamond Jubilee,” Mamod Ltd. of Smethwick, West Midlands, England, said earlier this year it would launch a new saddle tank, which won’t have a name but simply will be referred to as the 2015 model.

The company said the new locomotive will have a slight improvement from the “Diamond Jubilee” version in that the oil reservoir seal will be moved to inside the cab. Previous versions of the saddle tank have had the seal on the outside.

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Wonderful weekend at Paradise East 2015

By Scott E. McDonald Friday, Oct. 16, 2015

Steam Scene

In 1989 Ron and Marie Brown hosted their first steamup at their home in the tiny hamlet of Newark Valley, N.Y. Their original ground-level garden railway was called the “Silo Falls Railway.” In Spring 1998, Ron — the founder of Steam in the Garden — elevated the railway onto an aluminum frame for ease of steaming.

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