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    • 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 -




    • June 7, 2018 12:13 AM EDT
    • I have been working on Refrigerator glass for years, not a problem. I'll resist using my flat lap machine this time.

      Good tip.



    • June 6, 2018 6:40 PM EDT
    • Take your time, and get ahold of a nice thick piece of glass to face-up the valve chests and stuff.  You'll be glad you made the effort later.



    • June 6, 2018 4:49 PM EDT
    • Uh oh ...


      Funny how help has always arrived a tad late ... C'est la Vie!

      I forged ahead and purchased a Ruby kit, I got the whole kit, but I don't see a caboodle! Oh My!

      I'm waiting for some clear and clean work bench space for the assembly. Could be a while.

      Thanks for the tips.

    • June 4, 2018 9:51 AM EDT
    • In that case, you can do no better than make your first whistle stop at the 'Steam in the Garden' site, and order the 'Starting in Steam' guide to the whole kit and caboodle.  Written in easy style by Scott McDonald and Carl Weaver, it is a really handy little book to get you on the right tracks, hopefully before you've spent any of your hard-earned $$$$$$ on something that might just be unsuitable for a beginner.  I'm going to be carrying mine around in my tote box, in case a trackside visitor asks me something that I can't quite lay my finger on at that moment.  At just $9.95 plus shipping, it's great value, and fully illustrated, too.  My only 'hmmmm' is that although the authors have included Roundhouse Locomotive Works, they have missed out Accucraft UK, whose large range of live-steamers in all the usual scales from 1/32 right up to 7/8th scale form a very large part of the UK live-steam scene.


      Needless to say, I have no connection with the StitG organisation except as a satisfied customer.


      tac, ig, ken the GFT and Pontrilas Submarine Clog-dancing Boys.  

    • June 3, 2018 10:18 AM EDT
    • Fred Mills. said:

      For those asking;  records show that Mr. Norman Bourgault is rather secretive, and very much a loner. He often starts threads, and asks questions, then retreats into his own little world...this is his privilege, and it should be respected.  His last known location was recorded as being in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.



      I was beginning to enjoy this thread.  One of our G1MRA members, Peter Bird, has been building Mexican NG rolling stock in 1/32nd scale to run on 32mm gauge track for a number of years.  Not sure what he has done, if anything, about the loco to haul it around.  There ARE some oddball characters over here in UK who are playing around with WTH scales.  One guy runs 'Heywood's Estate gauge' trains on H0 gauge track - they are 15" gauge replicas of full-size standard gauge locos.  Another runs trains based on the similarly 15" gauge Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, again in 1/19th scale for ease of 'population'. 


      Over here in the UK we'd be flummoxed from the get-go by the near-total lack of ANYTHING in S-scale.  I'm told that there is a small following, but that is mighty small - maybe less than half a dozen [imperial] or five [metric] in the entire UK.


      tac, ig, ken the GFT and the Wholesome Full-grain food boys.


    • June 1, 2018 11:21 PM EDT
    • For those asking;  records show that Mr. Norman Bourgault is rather secretive, and very much a loner. He often starts threads, and asks questions, then retreats into his own little world...this is his privilege, and it should be respected.  His last known location was recorded as being in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

    • June 1, 2018 5:29 PM EDT
    • IIRR, Eric Schade made a few 7/8ths scale cars to replicate the 2ft Maine NG rolling stock.  It was, as I recall HUGE!!! and used real carpentry methods to construct - real masterpieces, in fact.  He also made a 7/8th Forney to suit, before Jason took up the challenge.


      If you look at this Youtube video at 0:36 - - and again at 2:38 and 3:26 you will see a Forney - probably Eric's conversion [?], and one passenger car from the Wiscasset & Quebec roadnames..  Note the size by comparison with the Gauge 1/32nd scale locos on the tracks beside them.  At 5:12 is, I think, a 'Fairymead' and a consist of quarry tubs.


      I spoke to the Bowater's guy at the recent show here in Peterborough UK, who seemed to think that up-scaling the LASER cutter to make 7/8th models was no big deal, and of course, it isn't.  Just be aware that the average SR&RL coach/combine in that scale is about three FEET long.  Plus, you'll need the matching trucks......mucho dinero!



      Ottawa Valley GRS

    • May 16, 2018 2:13 PM EDT
    • Dear Mr. Bachmann,

      Referring to Mr. Scot Lawrence's 29n2 article,

      Norman, as Bachmann already are heavily invested in On30 on HO track and various "G scales", it seems unlikely they would be interested in yet another combination.  But no harm in asking!

      making their SR&RL stock available in 7/8 ths scale.

      Max, there are plenty of Roudnhouse SR&RL #24 locos over here in the US, and they also made a Forney in 16mm (1:19th) which will match the Bowaters SR&RL cars. 
      Jason at The Train Department is heavily invested in fine scale 7/8ths models, and has commissioned a Forney in 7/8ths, mentioned above.  (There's a photo of the prototype running at DH somewhere, showing just how big it is!)  He sells a SR&RL flat car kit in 7/8ths.