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Old 01-01-2020, 12:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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An interesting, long-awaited announcement came from Roundhouse today: http://www.roundhouse-eng.com/davenport.htm
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Old 01-01-2020, 12:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Zubi;

A delightful little live steamer. I have to confess that when I saw Davenport, my mind first thought it would be a battery version of the Bachmann Davenport shown below,


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Thanks Zubi. As usual you get the scoop on things being early in teme time zone.

Davenport #1597 preserved by Illawarra Light Railway Museum
The Illawarra Light Railway Museum operates a mainline 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge light railway, a miniature 7 1⁄4 in (184 mm) gauge railway, and a museum located near Albion Park Rail near Wollongong, south of Sydney, New South Wales


Just a few modification for an awesome locomotive. I'm pretty sure Roadhouse will offer it in any Roundhouse color.

From Wikipedia, (the free encyclopedia)
The Davenport Locomotive Works, of Davenport, Iowa, USA was formed as the W W Whitehead Company in 1901. In 1902 the company commenced building light locomotives. The Company was renamed the Davenport Locomotive Works in 1904.[2]

In late 1930 Davenport was licensed to assemble and market R G LeTourneau Inc products under the Davenport-LeTourneau brand. The agreement is believed to have ended in 1935 when LeTourneau’s moved to Peoria, Illinois. Davenport also sold Davenport-Winchell three-wheel roller conversions of industrial wheel tractors, Davenport-Frink snow plows which were built in license from Frink Sno-Plows Inc and Reynolds patented Mov-Mor rotary scrapers.

In 1933 the company was again restructured and renamed the Davenport-Besler Corporation which continued in business until 1956. William George Besler was a Director at the time of the restructuring. The company acquired the locomotive business of H. K. Porter, Inc in 1950 and from then on produced Porter designs as well as its own.


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I like it, anybody seen when RH expects to deliver them this year?
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Mike,

I believe word was Q3 2020, so September at earliest, but Roundhouse should be able to give a firm date on order.
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Works for me! I changed my pre order with RH from an engine due in Dec 2020 to the Davenport. It will fit in better with the Climax and the Pearse Switcher. Thanks for posting Ryan. Mike
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Rouhdhouse certainly searches far and wide for outside-frame locomotives so they can sell a 45mm and a 32mm version without many changes - just a wider frame.
Personally, I like to see the spoked wheels go around and around, and the valve gear to thrash up and down. My first RH loco was an Argyll as that had spoked wheels despite being outside frame. The only one I have currently is a W&L "Countess" called Edward or Eddie for short. Despite the outside frames it has lots of walschaerts valve gear thrashing up and down. (Reminds me of the B&O Mud-diggers.)
Maybe when they run out of outside-frame prototypes we'll see a proper loco with visible wheels.
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The 2021 small english engine will have wheels outside the frame. It would have nicer to have inside frames on the Davenport, but still neat looking. Yes, RH has always looked far and wide to keep the frames outside the drivers to make the models easily changed between 32mm and 45mm to maximize sales and minimize retooling requirements. Just like using standardized cyilnders and the same inside valve gear as Lilla has. Keeps production costs down and not cutting corners by using either fixed valve gear with piston valve reversing block ala Accucrafts forth coming large Hunslet in 16mm or slip eccentric. Mike
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...and as they say in the infomercials, "But wait! There's more..." RH is planning to produce a Darjeeling 4-6-2 in 2022, outside frames, outside valve gear. I, for one, like to see the counterweights and valve motion go round and round. The loco will be nearly identical in size -- only a scale foot shorter -- than the SR&RL 24 that Roundhouse makes. Gotta start saving my pennies now...
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Its great that RH gave us their plans for a couple years out to allow folks to save up for that model they want. Now the anxious wait for September of this year when my new engine will be ready. Mike
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