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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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Caboose, hopper, rail

Friday, Nov. 14, 2014

Focusing on providing its 1:32-scale Chesapeake & Ohio 2-6-6-6 Allegheny Gauge One live-steam locomotive with proper consists, Accucraft Trains has said in recent weeks it will release a C&O caboose and a series of three-bay open hoppers in 24 different road numbers. The Union City, Calif.-based firm has also said it has developed Code 250 aluminum flex track in 45mm gauge.

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Locomotive tool kit

Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

Realizing that nowhere had any retailer gathered together a complete set of tools for the routine maintenance of small-scale live steam locomotives, The Train Department of Hazlet, N.J., in April said it had created a special set of long-handled Wiha Allen hex drivers and nut drivers.

Jason Kovac, operator of The Train Department, said the collection was his to market exclusively.

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In memoriam: Dan Liebowitz

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014

A live steamer with many enthusiasms, Dr. Dan Liebowitz not only had fun with trains but also used his resources to help build and strengthen the Northern California community of small-scale hobbyists for more than two decades. The Woodside, Calif., physician died May 3 after a long illness; he was 93 years old.

“Doctor Dan,” as he was known to all Bay Area live-steamers, opened his home and his magnificent backyard layout to all comers throughout the 1990s and the 2000s.

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