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Roundhouse Engineering, of Doncaster, England announced their new model for 2017 to be a narrow gauge ‘Hunslet’ prototype locomotive named ‘Lilla’.

'Lilla' - Roundhouse Engineering Initial images of the locomotive were presented online from CAD renderings of the 0-4-0 outside framed chassis. The working model was presented at the April 2017 National Garden Railway Show held in Peterborough, England.

The model represents a locomotive that was introduced in 1891 for use on the Cilgwyn Slate Company Quarry at Natile Vale, North Wales. ‘Lilla’ was sold to be used on the Penrhyn Quarry Railway in 1928 and survives to this day on the Ffestiniog Railway.

‘Lilla’ will be butane fired and available in manual- or radio-controlled options. The wheel sets are regaugeable between 32mm or 45mm. Insulated wheels are another option, and the model will be available in any of Roundhouse Engineerings standard colors. More information on this model can be found at the company website, www.roundhouse-eng.com.

Larry Newman and his Ruby Mod HeislerOur colleague Lawrence (Larry) H. Newman passed away in the early hours of 30 January 2017. I first met Larry in 1982 at the Panhandle Gem and Mineral Society in Pensacola, while taking gem polishing and metal working workshops. Soon after his employment with an iconic soft-drink company soured, Larry decided to become independent and make jewelry full time. He and Michelle (Chellie) Davis acquired a business license in 1987 and they created and produced jewelry which they sold at specialized art shows through the next few years. With Jerry Reshew's emphasis on “Arts” being added to the steamup, Chellie told Larry that he should bring their custom jewelry to the steamup. And so, after being lured to Diamondhead in 2003, Larry became hooked on live steam. The international Small Scale Steamup soon became his favorite show.

Responding to the challenge of transforming the Ruby into other types of engines, Larry designed and built a Mason-Bogie, a steam truck (Steam in the Garden July/August 2009, No. 106) and his trademark Heisler, made from an Accucraft Ruby and his own custom parts. He enjoyed posting his building progress on live steam forums, where he provided detailed illustrated reports of each of these projects. He chose the nom de plume 'Redbeard” to fit with his railroad theme of 'Pirate Mines.'

One easily remembers Larry’s famous smile which was the introduction to his warm and friendly personality, He was always interested in talking, trading, and searching for new ideas. You might also learn of his many and varied experiences ranging from racing and restoring cars to gemstones and metal casting. The list of Larry’s interests went on and on.

Dave Cole It is with very heavy hearts that the staff of Steam in the Garden has to announce the passing of our esteemed editor Dave Cole on 17 January 2017. Dave lost his battle against cancer and will be dearly missed.

Dave began as a small-scale live steam hobbyist in the late 1990s. Dave has been the editor of Steam in the Garden magazine since January 2011. He has built two live-steam railroads and owned a variety of live-steam locomotives and rolling stock. Dave has detailed much about his live-steam enthusiasm at his web site http://www.45mm.com, where the builds of his two railroads are documented.

Tom died suddenly and unexpectedly on Saturday, January 14, 2017 while attending his 22nd consecutive International Small Scale Steamup at Diamondhead, Mississippi. SteamTom1 as he was affectionately called, grew up in Connecticut where he attended a small parochial elementary school and high school. On graduation, he attended Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, the third oldest Jesuit college in the Nation. Even after graduation, and while attending steam-ups at the Diamondhead International Small Scale Steamup, he would return to Spring Hill College to attend Mass at the campus Chapel. After graduation from Spring Hill, Tom joined the U.S. Air Force and was deployed to the Philippines where he met and married his lovely wife, Lilia. On return to the mainland, Tom obtained a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois.

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On his retirement from the Air Force, Tom's career took him to Chrysler where his electronic skills got him involved with several new vehicle launches. It was Chrysler that brought him to Michigan.

Kerr Stuart & Co. Ltd.’s standard-gauge “shunter” — switch engine — named “Victory” will be the next live-steam model for Accucraft UK, the company said.

“Given the demand for our 61XX we were certain that what was needed was a ‘starter’ locomotive for new live-steam entrants to the scale,” the company wrote in a post on its web site.