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Chaps,
the lastest paint samples have come in, and are shown on the Accucraft web site, including among other things the lastest live steam mogul designs for the D&RG and RGS, One is 1877 Baldwin 'as built' style, Lake & Gold, Style 49 'Poncha', while the other model is the RGS prototype from 1893 in black, which had been purchased 2nd hand from the D&RG. The RGS sample has one small change to be done, lettering will be a dark yellow, not white, but otherwise will look the same as the sample.

http://www.accucraft.com/index.php?show_aux_page=39

The boilers are now fitted with site glass, and larger gas tanks in the tender, there are probably other changes, but I dont know them all, just the paint.

The 2-4-4T forney sample is now shown too, which certainly has much better lines than that first sample of the 0-4-4T from a year ago. The 2nd sample 0-4-4T also has improved, with larger cylinders. I may be guessing here, but I think these locos have extended chassis - that is greater space between the drivers, than Ruby, and thus extended boiler, which should all contribute to a little bit longer on the rails and more stability, plus larger cylinders which were really desired. As a basic unit, there is loads of potental with the new chassis/cylinder and boiler design.

http://www.accucraft.com/index.php?show_aux_page=33

Good to see that despite the slowdown, things are still moving in live steam, at the affordable end especially.

David.
 
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