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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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Wuhu to build Pennsy 4-6-0

Friday, April 10, 2015

Next up for Wuhu Arts & Crafts Co. Ltd., the Chinese company said last summer, will be a 1:32-scale live-steam model of the Pennsylvania Railroad G5 locomotive, a 4-6-0 used in passenger service from the mid-1920s through the mid-1950s.

The PRR model closely follows Bowande Wuhu’s release of the Rogers Locomotive’s 4-6-0, the Illinois Central No. 382, which was made famous in the song, “The Ballad of Casey Jones.” Wuhu began delivery of No. 382 in the late summer.

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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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