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Schug’s 8-driver Saxon

Friday, June 10, 2016

Modeled after a type of Günther-Meyer German steam locomotive used up until the mid-1990s, MBV Schug said its next engine would be the Saxon IV K, a narrow-gauge engine with eight drivers.

The IV K was designed for the Royal Saxon State Railways’ 750mm narrow gauge (29½ inches). The unique 0-4-4-0 configuration placed the cylinders back-to-back on each side in the middle of the engine for better adhesion than the predecessor 0-4-0 and 0-6-0 locomotives.

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In memoriam: Andre Anderson

Friday, May 27, 2016

A man whose hobbies were so numerous he needed to work at a hobby shop, Andre “Andy” Anderson of Portland, Ore., loved trains so much he worked for a tourist railroad and played with small-scale live steam engines.

Anderson died in his sleep July 30, 2015, at age 56 from a heart attack; he is survived by his wife of 29 years, Barbara, and two sisters.

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Out-of-stock parts revived

Friday, May 13, 2016

Small-scale live steam engineering firm Triple R Services LLC of Mount Holly, N.J., it is now making Aster locomotive replacement parts for those that are no longer stocked.

The lost-wax castings are made with high-quality jewelry grade bronze and are based on the original parts. Currently available are parts for the Aster Pennsylvania Railroad K4 — the marker light top and base, the pilot, the headlight base, the tender-truck sides and the water-overflow drains.

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Aster goes to Switzerland

Friday, April 29, 2016

Next up for Aster Hobby Inc. of Yokohama, Japan, will be a Swiss switch engine that was used regularly up through the mid-1960s.

The Swiss Federal Railways E 3/3 (which would be called a 0-6-0 in Whyte notation) was a standard-gauge manufactured by the railroad between 1902 and 1915 and nicknamed “Tigerli” (or “tiger cub” in Swiss-German).

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Wuhu adds a German

Friday, March 18, 2016

In response to what it called “good sales” of its German BR41 locomotive, Wuhu Arts & Crafts Ltd. of Anhui, China, earlier this year said it would soon begin production of a 1:32-scale version of a live-steam BR46.

The BR46 is a 2-6-2T designed for use as a passenger engine. Five-hundred-twenty of them were built from 1928–1940 by a variety of German manufacturers. It had a length of 48-feet over the buffers and weighed in at 165,000 pounds.

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