Railroad librarian: The horror

By Dave Cole Friday, May 23, 2014

The cupola view

If, in early September 2013, one were to search for the term “July 6 Quebec train wreck” in Google Images, one would pull up more than 300 photographs of twisted metal, carnage and remnants of fire from the train derailment and explosion in Lac-Mégantic in which 47 people lost their lives.

And that’s just the first screen load. At the bottom of those 300 images Google helpfully says, “Show more results.”

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New transmitter

Friday, May 9, 2014

A new hand-held transmitter from Remote Control Systems of Australia, the TX2-LS.

A longtime supplier of small-scale live steam radio control systems has announced a hand-held 2.4 GHz transmitter designed specifically for live steam.

Remote Control Systems of Australia said in November its TX20-LS transmitter can replace any 2.4 GHz transmitter such as a Spektrum DX4e but has more intuitive controls in an easy-to-hold form.

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Regner makes a ‘Rocket’

Friday, April 25, 2014

Regner ‘Rocket’: Limited edition kit will highlight the earliest era in steam locomotion.

In celebration of its 35th year in business, Regner Steam & Railway Technology of Germany said recently it was developing a 45mm-gauge live-steam kit of Stephenson’s 1829 “Rocket.”

The limited edition of 60 kits worldwide will be 11-inches long including tender (280mm), three-inches wide (75mm) and 71⁄8-inches tall including smokestack (180mm) and will weigh in at 2¼ pounds (1000g). The butane-fired locomotive will have two working piston cylinders with 1/32nd-inch bore (8mm) and 1/16th-inch stroke (17mm) with Teflon coating.

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English ‘Tornado’; new U.S. cars

Friday, April 11, 2014

Accucraft ‘Tornado’: A 1:32-scale live steam model of England’s most recent mainline locomotive.

Mainline Gauge One products highlight the latest offerings from Accucraft Trains Co., with the announcement of a live-steam model of a unique British locomotive and a new series of 1:32-scale U.S. streamline rail cars.

The company’s United Kingdom distributor, Accucraft UK Ltd., said recently it has commissioned a model of the “Tornado,” the 4-6-2 A1 locomotive built from 1994-2008. The 1:32-scale locomotive for 45mm track will be 29½-inches long (690mm), 3½-inches wide (90mm), 5¼-inches tall (130mm) and support a minimum radius of eight feet (2.5m). The butane-fired engine will operate at 60psi and be run with true Walchaert gearing, with two slide-valve cylinders.

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Hartford acquired by Ozark

Friday, March 28, 2014

Longtime maker of highly accurate 1:20.3-scale rolling stock Hartford Products Inc. of Hillsborough, N.C., in November was acquired by the owners of Ozark Miniatures Inc., who said they would continue Hartford’s commitment to high-quality kits.

David and Brenda Rhoton, the proprietors of Ozark of Cedar City, Utah, said Bob Hartford would remain involved in the business, helping to develop new products. In early November Dave flew to the East Coast, rented a 14-foot truck, filled it with Bob’s equipment and inventory and drove it back to Utah.

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