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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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Gauge One kits move to new dealer

Friday, March 13, 2015

Following 2013’s death of Peter Marshall, the owner of the United Kingdom’s The Wagon & Carriage Works, Just the Ticket Engineering Supplies says it has taken over the Gauge One kits and fittings portion of that business.

Roger Melton, proprietor of Just the Ticket, said he is in the process of ramping up production on a wide number of locomotive, wagon, coach and van kits, as well as stocking the castings and accessories that Wagon & Carriage Works formerly carried.

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Lots coming out of the U.K.

Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

Isle of Man garden railway dealer TrackShack has commissioned a number of new locomotives and rolling stock from Accucraft UK, resulting in deliveries of a lot of live-steam related products in the coming weeks.

TrackShack had Accucraft build it a new 1:13.7-scale locomotive, “Sea Lion,” a Bagnall 2-4-0T live-steam engine. The model is of a two-foot-gauge engine that runs on the Groudle Glen Railway, an all-volunteer excursion railway that is also on the Isle of Man.

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Local paper writes about steamup

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

Steamers in Scranton, Pa., over the Presidents’ Day were featured in an article in a local newspaper’s Sunday edition.

The Times Leader of nearby Wilkes Barre, Pa., printed a 400-word story on the the annual event held in recent years at the Electric City Trolley Museum; two photos were reproduced on the paper’s web site.

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Accucraft out with two more in 1:32

Friday, Feb. 13, 2015

Two new locomotives that speak to the two homes of Accucraft Trains Co. will be released by the manufacturer in the coming weeks. The first, a Southern Pacific 4-6-2, is based on two restored prototypes; one of which operates on an excursion railroad 10 miles from the company’s California offices, while the second — based on the Qian Jin 2-10-2 — was designed and ran in China, where Accucraft has its manufacturing operations.

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