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Roundhouse builds a Hunslet

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

A live-steam model of an 0-6-4 saddle-tank locomotive that operated on the North Wales Narrow Gauge Railway will be the latest offering from Roundhouse Engineering Co. Ltd., of Doncaster, England, the company said in April.

“Beddgelert” — built by the Hunslet Engine Co. of Leeds, England, in 1878 and operating mostly on the Bryngwyn branch through 1906, when it was scrapped — will be offered in any of Roundhouse’s colors.

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Big 1:32-scale engines on track

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014

More 1:32-scale, 45mm gauge live steam locomotives are on the way from Accucraft Trains, the company said in recent weeks, including a model of a Canadian Pacific 2-10-4 and a Norfolk & Western 4-8-4 J-class. Additionally, Accucraft said it would soon release another 1:20.3-scale coal-fired locomotive.

The Canadian Pacific engine, the T1c class, will be alcohol fired and built in brass and stainless. It will have two cylinders, with D-valves and run at 60 psi. Additionally, the locomotive will include two safety valves, a pressure gauge, a water-level gauge, a boiler blow-down valve, and a lubricator. The tender will have a hand pump and there will be an axle pump.

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Tom King given Brown award

Saturday, July 26, 2014

2014 Ron Brown Award Winner: Tom King. Long-time live steamer Tom King was given the Ron Brown Memorial Steamup Enthusiasm Award at the National Summer Steamup on July 19 in McClellan, Calif.

Tom is a from Santa Clara County’s San Martin, Calif., and has worked for Llagas Creek Railways since the late 1980s. Tom was chosen for his dedication to having fun at the Summer Steamup (2014 was the first of the events he’d missed since the founding in 1997), always bringing humor to the proceedings.

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New locos from three makers

Friday, June 13, 2014

Three new locomotives — two of them “No. 3” — were recently announced by three leading small-scale live steam manufacturers.

Accucraft Co. of Union City, Calif., said in February that it would deliver a Heisler geared locomotive based on the West Side Lumber No. 3 later this year. Heisler was the third-most popular geared locomotive during their heyday, following Shays and Climaxes.

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U.P. No. 844 for 2014

Friday, June 6, 2014

Aster Hobby USA LLC said late last year that it expects its next U.S.-profile 1:32-scale live steam model, a Union Pacific FEF (for its Whyte wheel notation of 4-8-4), No. 844, to be delivered late this year.

The company said its manufacturer, Aster Hobby Inc. of Yokohama, Japan, is pioneering its use of computer-assisted design (CAD) with No. 844. The companies provided the community with a number of CAD drawings of the pilot model of No. 844, produced with the 3D application Solidworks.

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