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The Train Dept. brings out new items

Friday, Jan. 30, 2015

New wheel sets, new stationary steam products and some new 1:13.7-scale rolling stock kits highlight the latest offerings from The Train Department of Hazlet, N.J.

Jason Kovac, the proprietor of The Train Department, said he has commissioned two types of wheels: cast steel wheels for Denver & Rio Grande Western (D&RGW) prototypes, and computer-numeric control (CNC) machined stainless steel wheels for both 1:20.3- and 1:13.7-scale cars.

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Video awards return

Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

Steamie Award

After the success of its initial 2013 outing, a contest for small-scale live steamers who make videos of their hobby efforts has been announced by Steam in the Garden, North America’s only magazine for live steam model railroading.

The “Steamie Awards” will honor the work of live-steam videographers from throughout the 2015 calendar year and be judged in four basic categories: best story video, best holiday-theme video, best instructional video and best chronicle of a steamup. Also, a grand prize will be awarded to the best overall video.

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Rail book publisher, dealer launched

Friday, Jan. 9, 2015

A longtime maker of scale-model railroad products has been sold and the company’s founder has created a new business that will publish its own railroad books and sell those of other publishers.

Bill Gustafson founded Western Scale Models in 1990 and developed dozens of kits in a wide range of scales. In late 2013, Bill sold the business to Mike Pyne of Wild West Scale Model Builders. (As a side note, Mike is “in the process of bringing back all of the kits” Bill produced.)

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New wheel supplier

Friday, Dec. 26, 2014

Kadee Quality Products Co., probably best known as “the coupler people,” said recently it is making 45mm-gauge wheel sets.

The Oregon-based manufacturer said it has four new products with two primary feature sets: uncolored or black metal wheels that have either smooth backs or ribbed backs.

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End of boiler detection system

Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

A digital system that detects the water-level in small-scale boilers used in locomotives and steam boats will no longer be developed, and existing inventory will be sold at sale prices, the maker said last spring.

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