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Review: The Fire Burns Much Better

A review of The fire burns much better… By J.J.G. Koopmans by Neil Knopf   The second edition of J.J.G. Koopmans’ scientific treatise is now available for all serious students of the steam locomotive, particularly those interested in combustion engineering. The author delves deeply into the intricacies of reliable and economical firing of steam locomotive boilers. Stationary steam [...]

By | 2016-11-04T11:05:15+00:00 January 20th, 2015|reviews|Comments Off on Review: The Fire Burns Much Better

Walt Disney Family Museum All Aboard: A Celebration of Walt’s Trains

The Walt Disney Family Museum is pleased to present All Aboard: A Celebration of Walt’s Trains, on view from November 13, 2014 through February 9, 2015. This comprehensive exhibition explores the influence that railroading had on Walt Disney’s life and work. It also tells the story of how his railroading legacy lives on to this day [...]

By | 2016-11-04T11:05:15+00:00 January 20th, 2015|news, shows/events|Comments Off on Walt Disney Family Museum All Aboard: A Celebration of Walt’s Trains

In Memory of Steam and Uncle Ernie

by Nick Dawes Through the courtesy of Heritage Auctions, we would like to present this interesting slice of steam-related, personal history…   As Vice President of Special Collections for Heritage Auctions, the world’s third largest auctioneer, something new and challenging is always coming up. Some challenges you want to take on, most you do not, [...]

By | 2016-11-04T11:05:16+00:00 August 15th, 2014|history, steam engine nostalgia|Comments Off on In Memory of Steam and Uncle Ernie

Reclaiming a Worn-out 1/8 scale Wheelset

by W. Ross Crawford First, measure the distance between the front and the rear wheels to see if the axles are parallel. Then, check to see if the wheels are the same size. Any differences will cause flange wear on one wheel. If there are no centers in the axles, install them now insuring they [...]

By | 2016-05-05T11:33:01+00:00 August 15th, 2014|projects, tips|Comments Off on Reclaiming a Worn-out 1/8 scale Wheelset

News: Puffing Billy’s Youngest NA Locomotive Turns 100!

A historic milestone was reached on Wednesday 25th June 2014, when Puffing Billy Railway celebrated its youngest NA locomotive’s 100th birthday. Narrow Gauge locomotive 14A was built in the Victorian Railways Newport Workshop and was commissioned on 25 June 1914 for operation on the Colac-Beech Forest-Crowes line. 14A also saw service between Wangaratta and Whitfield [...]

By | 2016-11-04T11:05:16+00:00 August 15th, 2014|history, news|Comments Off on News: Puffing Billy’s Youngest NA Locomotive Turns 100!

News: Reid Collection of Models Nets $1.2+ Million at Auctions

Bidders fell under the spell of the machine in Heritage Auctions’ $1.2+ million presentation of the Glenn Reid Museum Collection of Mechanical Models May 28 at Heritage Auctions in Dallas. The collection offered nearly 500 scale models from the Detroit-area museum with top lot honors taken by a fully-equipped, 24-foot Ahrens-Fox N-S-4 fire truck, which [...]

By | 2016-11-04T11:05:16+00:00 August 15th, 2014|news, shows/events|Comments Off on News: Reid Collection of Models Nets $1.2+ Million at Auctions

News: A&K Enterprises Expands

A&K now offer a full line of Gas Burners as well as the custom-made Box Burners. Oil Burners and custom made Grates for solid fuel can be provided from tabletop to full size in any scale. Hobby Boilers…If your Old Steamer needs a new hobby boiler, or if a hobby boiler is needed for a [...]

By | 2016-11-04T11:05:16+00:00 August 15th, 2014|news, products/materials|Comments Off on News: A&K Enterprises Expands

News: American Precision Museum Show

American Precision Museum will be presenting their 15th annual model engineering show at their facility in Windsor, Vermont on Saturday, October 25, 2014. Running from 9 AM to 4PM, the museum will be offering exhibits, demonstrations and activities for the whole family. The American Precision Museum is located at 196 Main Street and the Windsor Recreation [...]

By | 2016-11-04T11:05:16+00:00 August 15th, 2014|news, shows/events|Comments Off on News: American Precision Museum Show

Into Steam? Need a Project? Pass Along Email

We’ve just released The Steam Engines of Ray HasBrouck for your latest steaming endeavor! Spiral bound and containing 112 pages of details, Ray’s book will provide you with all the information you’ll need to build any or all of the following steam engines. One-cylinder Double-acting Open column 2-1/4" x 3" stroke One-Flea-Power "Little Boy" 1/8" [...]

By | 2016-05-05T11:18:04+00:00 August 4th, 2014|projects|Comments Off on Into Steam? Need a Project? Pass Along Email

Making Locomotive Building Easier – Wheels (Pass Along Email)

There are a few shop-type jobs for which I have little patience; topping the list are chain-drilling and hacksawing. Drilling a 3/16" hole in a 1/2" piece of steel is not a big deal. It might take you up to a minute – no sweat. Needing to do it forty or fifty more times to [...]

By | 2016-05-05T11:31:15+00:00 October 27th, 2013|projects|Comments Off on Making Locomotive Building Easier – Wheels (Pass Along Email)