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    • April 11, 2021 2:00 PM EDT
    • Nice pair of "headlights" on that engine drivers helper!  Its no wonder why he is smiling so much while keeping that boiler hot and running. 

    • April 11, 2021 1:57 PM EDT
    • This little beauty is the same prototype as the LGB 2050, and is the same size (1:22.5) unlike the UK trams that are 1:19.  Here it is next to me Regner Otto and Roundhouse Stanley. I was told the Stanley is smaller than 1:19th to fit with LGB coaches.



      I also looked for a driver - this LGB guy seems the right type?



      Naw - I found a better one from Just Plain Folk:



    • April 10, 2021 10:04 PM EDT
    • Regner themselves put a copper cover over the spring, then Jay adds a brass deflector plate that shields that whole area.  Not overfiring the model is the key to not cooking the springs on Regners.  The brand is prone to smoke box fires.  But its a quick glance down the chimney to see if the flame is burning in the smokebox instead of the flue tube.  The boiler on this model has 2 angled water tubes that cross thru the burner tube between the burner and the smokebox, so one it flashes back, that helps a bit over the tubes that are totally open all the way thru.   My friends Lumberjack, built from a kit by myself, still has its original springs, and has had no issues.  But then again, I am careful to make sure the flame has popped back into the flue tube when I run it for that very reason(he isnt able to run them himself anymore).   But I do agree its a weakness in the design.  Especially on Lumberjack where they are right under the smoke box opening.  Thats another model that just needs a shield made to keep the heat away from them.  

    • April 10, 2021 8:26 PM EDT
    • I've been converting my Regners to music wire to hold the cylinders like the Accucraft Dora and many more.  The cylinder springs are trouble especially the Lumberjack where you have to take half the loco apart to get to them.  

    • April 10, 2021 2:27 PM EDT
    • Regner's new "Paul" the live steam tram loco is a great new model this year in my opinion.  All metal/brass with non of the fragile wood bits such as the Henry or other past models with lots of wood in their construction.  Body work is beautifully done.   This is a screwdriver assembly kit, mostly done with the supplied nut runner and some VERY careful bending and aligning of steam lines.  The twin cylinder steam os-motor from the Lumberjack and Chaloner loco is used in this tram.  With the gear reduction, its a slow and powerful engine.  Even comes with all the servo mounts and rods to put RC in this.  Space and mounts for the Regner whistle are also predrilled and threaded.  You can made this a full outfitted model with RC(not really needed but cool) with even the Whistle being RC controlled.  Directions are in German but come with an English translation that is well done.  The kit version that you get from The Train Department comes with an additional heat shield to protect the cylinder tension springs from boiler heat.  I also opted to put a piece of ceramic insulation over the slotted opening in the boiler face to help send the the heat up or down.  This makes her a bit more tricky to light but protects things.  I may remove this and see if it makes lighting up easier.  Regners are notoriously tricky to light sometimes.   I also got the replacement Ronson style gas filler valve that Jay offers for these.  The Regner style works, but takes some learning how to use compared to the Ronson self venting style we are more used to.   Here are a couple pics of the model and a video of the initial run of the power chassis part of the model before the rain moved in today.  



    • February 27, 2021 2:30 PM EST
    • have electrically insulated wheels

      I believe the 2-cyl Shay has them too. It has rims that are installed with an epoxy insulator - I suspect your Ruby is the same. Be aware the Shay has been known to overheat the wheels and then the rims fall off.

      Regner Easy Line locos have insulation in the wheel hubs and (most?) are outside-framed so they are insulated. As long as you don't tighten the set screws that hold the wheels in gauge too far, and break the screws through the insulation. 

      I think all Roundhouse Engineering steam locos are insulated.

    • February 26, 2021 8:47 PM EST
    • It's been running great for the past year. That wasn't the point of this topic though. Running a live steam loco is an entirely different but enjoyable part to large scale model railroading.


    • February 26, 2021 6:56 PM EST
    • But how did it steam up for you ?

    • February 26, 2021 6:09 PM EST
    • Late model Accucraft Rubies have electrically insulated wheels! I got my Ruby in January 2020 and had no idea. It is not mentioned anywhere.

      I found out quite by accident. My testing and running prove that my wheels are electrically insulated.

      I was steaming on our club layout while the track was energized and another club member was running his track powered train and it did not short out the system.

      I put an ohm meter to the wheels to confirm the insulated wheels. Meter read infinity.

      I set up a piece of track on my work bench and powered it from a bench power supply then put a DC volt meter to the rails with my Ruby on the rails and applied 16 VDC to the rails, and no short.



    • February 16, 2021 12:23 AM EST
    • Have one for sale with remote installed .Never timed a run ,  but over 10 min . Light use .Battery and controller included $ 2100. +shipping

    • February 15, 2021 7:35 PM EST
    • Looking to purchase a barely used Accucraft 28T Shay (AC77-217). This version does have the hand pump in the bunker. My question is regarding its runtime. Those of you who have one what is your experience? I've heard that the locomotive is a water hog and the stock fuel tank will give you enough for maybe 10 min. runtime.

    • February 8, 2021 1:17 PM EST
    • There's at least one Aristocraft live steam Mikado in the Peter K estate sale on MLS. I think they want $595 for it.

    • February 7, 2021 8:00 PM EST
    • Thanks for sharing Manfred.  Those engines are definitely just the thing to tinker with.  I received one a few years ago and made a few cosmetic changes.  The factory gas set up was innovative in design but not the greatest success in practice.  I ended up bypassing the regulator to make the system a little more workable.  Mine's currently for sale if anyone was interested in picking up one.  It runs nicely as-is but its calling out for more improvements.  

    • February 5, 2021 8:20 AM EST
    • Thank you for letting us know.  Sad news and sympathy to the family.

    • February 4, 2021 11:50 AM EST
    • Joe Zullo said:

      I'm always saddened when I hear of a fellow model railroader passes even if I never met the person. We are all bothers in railroading. My condolences to his loved ones. 

      Same.  Large Scale is a tiny corner of a small-and-shrinking hobby.  A loss of any one of us diminishes us all.  Condolences to his family.

    • February 4, 2021 9:10 AM EST
    • I'm always saddened when I hear of a fellow model railroader passes even if I never met the person. We are all bothers in railroading. My condolences to his loved ones. 

    • February 2, 2021 8:09 PM EST
    • Sorry to learn this.


      David Meashey

    • February 2, 2021 6:56 PM EST
    • Condolences to family and friends...

    • February 2, 2021 3:33 PM EST
    • All,
      I just received a telephone call from Bill Chamberlain down in Florida. Norm Saley passed away this morning. He had been have difficulties with congestive heart failure that finally took its toll.  He will be greatly missed.