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    • December 22, 2019 5:36 PM EST
    • Mike Toney said:

      Here is a short video of her running on the railway.  My whole yard is a mud pit, so just a short run, thankfully no stalls or issues over on the far side of the layout.      Mike


    • December 22, 2019 4:20 PM EST
    • Here is a short video of her running on the railway.  My whole yard is a mud pit, so just a short run, thankfully no stalls or issues over on the far side of the layout.      Mike

    • December 21, 2019 7:57 PM EST
    • I ran her on rollers today, the area around my railway is a swamp as we are thawing out at the moment, so its not a friendly place to walk right now.  A board walk is planned around 3/4 of my raised railway next spring.  She ran well on the rolling road but is having issues keeping up with steam demand.  There is zero wear in the side rods, so very little apparent use, but I am loosing steam somewhere.  Simon over at Anything Narrow Gauge in the UK suggested putting new O rings on the pistons, and the lines where they go into the reversing block between the frames and see if that solves some of the excessive steam consumption. I think its the seals in the reversing block myself.  The pistons seem to have lots of power and the chuffs are pronounced, not muffled like it has blowby.  

    • December 21, 2019 5:34 PM EST
    • Fingers crossed for a successful test run!

    • December 21, 2019 2:28 AM EST
    • More progress on the old Pearse Switcher. Got the RC all done with front and rear lights lighted.custom cut vinyl decals made by a friend installed. Still need to repair the broken roof hinge, the rear arm is broken off/missing. I need to make a duplicate of the front arm and solder it to the roof bracket so the roof will stay on while running. I replaced the scale couplers with a LGB one at the rear and a Bachmann one in link pocket on the pilot beam. Both are hooked up to the cut levers and function just like the real ones. Track test and hopefully a video tomorrow while she is off at work. Mike

    • December 20, 2019 2:59 AM EST
    • Cool find!

    • December 20, 2019 1:48 AM EST
    • Picked this up out of Peter K's estate sale.  She was a bit battered, very filthy and had a bent frame, I suspect it was dropped onto a carpet floor at some time.  I have adjusted the frame to ease the bind in the front axle and she steams well now.  Cleaned up nice as well, someone had used graphite paste on the smokebox area which we all know gets all over everything if its touched.  So I spent a couple hours removing that messy stuff from the model.  I am fitting working lights on both engine and tender(not shown).   The newer Spectrum receiver that was fitted(no transmitter) linked up with my RCS palm size controller I use on my Pearse W&L Earl.  I will be putting Chessie System decals on the tender and a road number on the cab with vinyl decals a friend cut for me.  This will be my wife's engine to run when she goes to a steam up with me and Chessie is her favorite railroad.  If I can figure out how to completely remove the boiler from the frame, I will see if I can fully straighten the bent in the frame.  Its a "T" flue boiler, there is no smokebox on this model.  The water goes all the way to the smoke box door.  SO I cannot figure out how to deal with the steam line that goes down the flue and out the bottom of the "T" to the cylinders.  For now she sits level on the rails and the bind in the front axle is gone.  But you can see the pilot beam and deck is shoved in on one side compared to the other when looking at the cylinders to pilot deck gap.   Not a common model, Ian Pearse says around 40 were made back in the mid/late 1990's.   I have ads in a few old issues of Steam in the Garden magazine.   Cheers.   Mike and Michele T


    • December 21, 2019 10:39 PM EST
    • Here are some pics for Pete, he wanted to see the size comparison between an LGB engine, the Pearse switcher and a true 16mm narrow gauge model in the form of a Pearse W&L Earl.  Also is a pic of my old Reno I used to have with a set of Kalamazoo shorty coaches coupled up.  Enjoy!   







    • December 20, 2019 5:13 AM EST
    • Actually, Donald Pearse, who died around ten years ago, formed the basis from which Accucraft UK was built back in 2004 by Ian and Sandy Pearse, Donald's son and daughter-in-law.  Most, if not all, of Donald Pearse's locos had been built by then, including yours.  Donald was not only a fine model engineer, but a man full of innovative ideas about the direction that model steam locomotion was taking, and realised that the small-scale production of hand-made steam model in a little workshop  - virtually a one-man band - was not going to make much money.  His last design, and without doubt the most impressive, was the mighty SAR/WHR Beyer-Garratt NG/G16, of which probably around 400 examples were built, including my own.  It was, back then, and still is, a mighty tour-de-force of model engineering that, had it been made here in UK, might have cost three times as much as the £4000 of the originals.  Even the rare used example is selling for the new price.

      A few years back Sandy very kindly gave me permission to have a loco nameplate made to honour his dad, whom I knew briefly, and 'Donald Pearse CME', now over twelve years old and counting, is a mainstay of any of our exhibition shows.

    • December 20, 2019 3:00 AM EST
    • Here is our other Pearse locomotive, Welshpool & Llanfair The Earl in lined black.  These were top of the range models back in the day with RC control, steam stop valve, boiler blowdown/level valve, steam whistle(also RC controlled).  Pearse blurred the line between the assembly line of Accucraft and the one off "bespoke"models.   Here is our Earl pulling Accucraft coaches on a snowy afternoon.   


    • December 17, 2019 2:50 PM EST
    • accucraft live steam C-19 radius

      Are you talking about the old C-19 or the new C-18?  My old C-19 has no problems with 4-5' radius curves.


    • December 17, 2019 1:13 PM EST
    • While accucraft indicates 4ft as minimum, what is the real practible radius.  I know larger best but space considerations.

      5ft ideal, 6ft maybe I can do but worried that getting close to a brick wall and the overhang.

    • December 14, 2019 1:35 AM EST
    • Lots of models have found homes, still loads of models, especially entry level locomotives that need new homes.  Very reasonable prices, for the ones not listed, email Sam. Gonna be hard pressed to find better prices if you have fancied getting a live steamer to add to your stable.  Some unique engines with upgrades by Norm S and Larry Herget.   Here is the list updated as of this post.  


      Ok, here is a listing of some of the engines that are available. Most of these I have NOT tested for operation. Many are new in their boxes (mostly aristocraft and Bowande)
      The rest will be sold-as is-unless I can get to it to test. If you have any interest, please email me at sdimaggio at ameritech dot net.

      I will entertain reasonable offers. I have a range in mind for most so get there and the engine is yours plus shippping unless you take delivery at DH.

      Please help if you can. Peter left no will so your generous purchases directly helps her. I will try to accommodate any thoughtful offer.

      1. Accucraft Forney
      2. Rishon Mason Bogie by Paul Trevaskis #15 R/C (few pics) Cab needs regluing.
      3. Accucraft Mogul NCNG Butane
      4. a. SOLD b. SOLD
      5. SOLD
      6. Accucraft Forney #6
      7. Accucraft Ruby
      8. Aster GER-make a Live steam Thomas.
      9. SOLD
      10. Accucraft Ruby
      11. SOLD
      12. SOLD
      13. Accucraft Mich-Cal 2 cyl Shay
      14. Acccucraft Black Mogul
      15. - SOLD
      16. -SOLD
      17. - SOLD
      18. - SOLD
      19. Accucraft 0-6-0 Switcher-1/29 Scale USA-nice engine
      20. Roundhouse SRRL—this one is in rough shape—missing rear truck on loco it appears —plus tender isn’t right...need to see level of work required...but, perhaps worth an offer so you end up with a nice engine.
      21. Accucraft American SPC red version-needs some major repair work--obvious tumble..front end damaged but should be repairable...
      22. Aster Climax-pending sale
      23. Regner Freida
      24. Accucraft Mich-Cal Shay 2 cyl--nice engine.
      25. SOLD
      26. Accucraft 3 cyl Shay-custom propane tank by Peter- have pics
      27. Accucraft Mich-Cal 2 cyl Shay
      28. Accucraft Ruby - Wood Cab
      29. Accucraft American-Larry Herget
      30. Accucraft Forney- Brown
      31. - Poof
      32. Accucraft Black Mogul R/C
      33. Accucraft 2 Rubies…make offer for 1
      34. Accucraft Ruby Ida
      35. Aristocraft 040-new & Complete
      36. Aristocraft 040 "
      37. Aristocraft "
      38. Aristocrat Mikado
      39. Roundhouse Jack? (modified US)
      40. Roundhouse Dylan (modified US)
      41. Aristocraft Mikado
      42. Accucraft Mogul Nevada County
      43. Accucraft Mogul "
      44. Accucraft Goose-electric--Need to find #
      45. Bowande Falk
      46. Bowande Porter
      47. Bowande A4 60009
      48. Accucraft 060 UP 1/29 scale
      49. Merlin Matterhorn r/c $495 have pics
      50. Bowande Falk
      51. Bowande Falk
      52. Bowande Porter
      53. Project Engine (frame and wheels completed only plus instructions) $100.
      54. Accucraft 3 Cyl Shay-pending front truck replacement. Any one have a front truck from one of these??
      55. -SOLD

      There are more of many of the same above....and more still that are not yet in the above list......or yet discovered.....If you sold an engine to Pete and now have seller's is the time to get her back. If any prior owner has info for me, that would be great. There are some in the collection I have yet to, ask and I may find...

      There are some parts as well: several unaccounted tenders, a Frank ‘S’ boiler and parts, an Aristo Mike with no tender, a Saito boiler/burner, an o/scale mamod set, and a lot of stuff I can’t immediately Id. I will try to bring some of this Diamondhead or will entertain offers. I will try to get pics of some of this stuff.

      Please note that there are some good beginner engines here: lots of Rubies and the aristo switchers. I will sell very inexpensively to any new hobbyist.

      Anyone would wants a Ruby to make your own engine ‘x’, then here’s a good chance to get one inexpensively. Remember Larry Newman?

      Here are a few I will bring to Diamondhead but I will ship if you can't wait...:


      * Accucraft N & W 611 Alcohol Version—great runner at an excellent discount! 5K or best offer.
      * Aster Schools-very good condition. Original manual. 1.4k
      * Accucraft Saxonian 1k, 1.4k., like new, runs well.
      * all the engines listed below unless sold and shipped before DH

      Please send checks (preferably cashiers checks) to unless one of the DH destined locos to:

      Lori Hospel
      7311 S 37th Place
      Franklin, WI 53132

    • December 1, 2019 11:56 AM EST
    • Sam has posted a few photos of some engines at the link above.  You may have to be signed in to MLS first in order to see them?


      He has a St Charles Station 60-ton crane which he is aksing for info about, if anyone can help.


    • November 27, 2019 6:54 PM EST
    • I briefly knew Pete through the WGRS. Wish I had a chance to talk more with him. 

    • November 26, 2019 7:17 PM EST
    • Purty kewl!

    • November 26, 2019 7:16 PM EST
    • How do you hide the pull sting in your videos like that???




      Nice work !!

    • November 26, 2019 5:25 PM EST
    • Really enjoyed your run and RR.  What was length of run time?

    • November 26, 2019 4:14 PM EST
    • Video of the newly released Regner Heisler.  Ran great on the first try and perfect speed.