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Dear Friends of Westminster Locomotive Works, LLC,

Over the last 8 years it has been an arduous but enjoyable undertaking in trying to resurrect the Cricket MK II Live Steam Motor. It has involved countless hours of work with both frustration and enjoyment. However, due to the changing economic conditions and the unexpected ridiculous rise in raw materials, I find it no longer feasible to keep the Cricket MK II in production. Family health issues have also forced me back into full time employment as the financial aspect of the locomotive business is no longer profitable. It has never been a real profitable business but, the love of keeping an American original available seemed like a good idea and I wanted to do it for as long as possible.

As a small one man operation the financial burdens of business taxes and manufacturing costs wipe out the profits. Along with the inability to compete with the cheap labor of the foreign market forces me to shut down. I will attempt to complete 30 total units with 24 done to date . We will be in touch with those on the list in the near future.

I would like to thank all of the live steam community for their support in this endeavor and feel badly about not being able to continue on. If anyone has any comments please feel free to contact me at [email protected].

Happy steaming,

Mike Krionderis
Westminster Locomotive Works, LLC
593 Rich Mar Street
Westminster, MD 21158
Home of the Cricket Mk II
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