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    • September 25, 2018 6:30 PM EDT
    • I wish they would do a 0-6-0 version of Sammie, that would look really good

    • September 25, 2018 1:06 PM EDT
    • Hmmmm I'm not sure I'm sold on this one. I really wish they would produce something more US based like the Sammie.  I'd probably just get another Sammie and modify that.  

    • September 4, 2018 5:12 AM EDT
    • Oh I have that size to, but not giving up on G completely. I did downsize some though.  Had lots of pieces that i did not run any more.      Mike the Aspie

    • September 3, 2018 10:11 PM EDT
    • Thought you were going ride-on.

    • September 3, 2018 6:50 PM EDT
    • The cross shaft for the lift links is curved that comes in the kit, which does not work if someone does this to Bertie, Sammie or the new Jennie.  I replaced that shaft with straight rod in the same diameter that I got at Lowes Home Center.  I put the reverse quadrant behind the fuel tank in the cab, its a really tight fit.  The reach rod passes between the fuel tank and the boiler.   I did have to retime the engine after doing the conversion.  The original owner of this model was using sand on the rails for traction, which got into the slip eccentrics and caused lots of wear.  She was timed to run well in forward but poor in reverse, I just had to do some adjustments in the valve chests to square up the timing.  I will have this engine back in my stable shortly.  I sold it but am buying it back in the next couple weeks, depending how quickly I finish my fund raising.   I am about 3/4 of the way there.   I plan to buy one of the new Jennies next year.   

    • September 3, 2018 6:45 PM EDT
    • There is a Walschaerts valve gear kit as part of thier home builder series of parts.  Gives you all the parts that would come in a kit engine for the valve gear.  You do NOT get the fancy combination lever and crosshead as that is another upgrade part.  You do get both long and short eccentric rods, as are used on 0-4-0 and 0-6-0 wheelbase Roundhouse models.   I used a second part of their "penguin" brackets as a mounting bracket for the expansion rocker link shaft.  Someone that can fabricate better than I in metal could make those on thier own from brass.  It was easier for me to just purchase 2 extra ones.  Worked well when I built my Sammie.     Here is a pic of the chassis while under going the conversion.   


    • September 3, 2018 11:43 AM EDT
    • Mike, what's the " Walschearts valve gear kit" you refer to?  The 'loco enhancements' page has a kit of "Slide bar, cast crosshead, combination lever and union link set for 'basic series' locomotives." which looks a bit like Walschaerts.  Is that it?

    • September 1, 2018 10:06 AM EDT
    • At the garden railway show this weekend at the W&L light railway in Wales, Roundhouse announced a new Basic series engine, an nice little 0-4-2 with tender.  I see loads of potential for those into logging and mining to weather and customize this model.  Lots of engine for the price, and with the logistical back up that is second to none.  I plan to order one in the Oxford blue to match my Bertie, along with thier Walschearts valve gear kit(which I put on a Sammie a few years ago).  With all the upgrades installed, these Basic Series engines are better outfitted than the older Classic Range models other than the slip eccentric valve gear.   


    • July 22, 2018 12:00 PM EDT
    • My family and I had the pleasure of visiting yesterday at the Open House. As one person said in a previous post, it has to be seen in person to fully appreciate, and they were right — photographs alone just cannot do the facility justice.


      A couple observations:


      There were a number of visitors from the other event across the street who were totally unaware of the news about Garden Railways and Marc, who were in the dark about Cordless Renovations and other vendors closing their doors, who had yet to take a position in the ongoing debate between track power versus dead rail, or lamented the lack of NMRA LS standards, or who even knew what large scale live steam railroads were for that matter. But they all appeared to be pretty fascinated by what they saw.


      Perhaps no more so than my son-in-law, Aaron, who took excellent video of one of the trains operating, and started designing a layout as we stood there. He had never seen a LS layout before but he was enthralled by what he saw and is looking forward to NGRC 2019. (In the interests of full disclosure I do need to report that Silas, my four-month old grandson, was less impressed than his daddy, but we’ll work on him.)


      Many, many thanks to Karl and Jenn for their gracious hospitality, and of course for all the incredibly hard work they, Joe, Larry, and the rest of the crew put in. All in all, it was quite uplifting for those of us who sometimes fret about the direction our hobby seems headed.


      The Other Greg

    • July 13, 2018 3:34 AM EDT
    • Karl, I have been following your progress with great admiration for everything you all are doing. It looks great! I am coming up to Portland next week to meet my new grandson. I ran into Larry at the NSS today and spent a little time chatting especially about the live feed camera set up. I am planning on coming to the open house on the 21st and am looking forward to meeting you!


      Greg Hile.

    • July 10, 2018 3:36 PM EDT
    • Hi, Karl. Any updates about what you guys are doing this summer?



    • July 9, 2018 9:31 PM EDT
    • Jay Kovac of The Train Department has butane fillers along with general live steam supplies, locomotives, and more.

      Look at live steam parts and accessories-gas filler adapters and filler valves.

      He is currently in CA on a trip to the National Summer Steamup and will fill orders on his return.

      My parents lived in Stuart off of Cove Rd near the intracoastal.

    • July 9, 2018 8:16 PM EDT
    • Where can I buy a Butane filler tube would like to buy one that clips on the can.

      Thanks in advance Chillicharlie

    • June 29, 2018 1:39 PM EDT
    • If you had the URL for the article, you might be able to use the Internet Wayback Machine...


      Or maybe you can contact Dwight directly?



    • June 28, 2018 4:32 PM EDT
    • Good evening guys

      I am wanting to change the throttle control on my Accucraft C21 from a crank and rod connection from the servo to a chain drive to enable wider throttle openings. Some while ago Dwight Ennis posted just such a conversion on MLS but the archive with the article in it is unobtainable. the loco performs well and with the fitted chuff pipe the exhaust sound is very good. Has anyone on this forum a copy of the article or any information on it. I can work out a system for myself but taking advise from someone who has already done the conversion would be a better option.



    • June 11, 2018 8:05 AM EDT
    • I understand completely Tac ..

    • June 11, 2018 8:00 AM EDT
    • Thanks, Seán - I think so too.  However, I would have liked the unstreamlined version a tad more, as I think that even in this scale, a busy-looking loco beats any streamliner.  My favourite SP Northenr is any of the war-babies, for that reason, not that 4449 is ugly, you understand...




    • June 11, 2018 7:25 AM EDT
    • Just beautiful...


    • June 8, 2018 4:31 PM EDT
    • running on our little track last weekend.


      This was the very first outing with the set of Accucraft's generic smoothsiders - in this case, in CPR maroon.  The odd car out was made by Alan Wright in Ontario, and looks, to my aging eyeballs, to be nearer the correct shade.  However, Rule 8 applies over here in yUK, the same as everywhere else.    For anybody interested, the loco ran for 39 minutes on ethanol and judicious refilling of the tender whilst in motion and the use of an axle pump.  A similar consist hauled with purple meth as fuel resulted in a duration of only 28 minutes.


      More this weekend, as it is our anniversary running day - 25 years!! Whoooohoo!


      Check it out -