Chuffer Price Increase
Well it had to happen - after nine years of holding our price of the Summerlands Chuffer and absorbing all cost increases, we have had to to increase our UK retail price. From the 1st August 2018 all our standard Chuffer designs will be £29 inc VAT and UK postage. Prices from our varios agents may differ. We will, of course, honour our previous £25 price for all orders placed before that date. Please see our "Buying" page for full details.
The 5 Secrets of Hambleden Valley
Michael Crofts (of Perrygrove farm) recently sent me a great little video of Steve Howard's wonderful exhibition railway. In it he explains how Steve achieves the slow running, the precision control of shunting and......the Chuff! You can see the video - top right. And to see the collection of Steve's own videos, click here.
I have just had hands-non experience with the Roundhouse Lilla and found that the fitting notes (written with the help of Alex at Roundhouse) worked a treat! It really is a clever design and a pleasure to work on. The loco belongs to Paul Miles and with his help we made a little video - see below right. The fitting instructions are here and I will be updating them with some photos.
Accucraft K1 Garratt
I do like a challenge in designing Chuffers, but this Garratt beat me before I started! Two different exhausts, a relatively small chimney and a smokebox that I would not fancy trying to remove.......so no Summerlands Chuffer for this one I am afraid.
A Video Compilation
While looking throught he files on my computer, I found a compilation video that I started back in 2016. It features clips from some of my 2011 and 2012 videos, so I tidied it up you can see it below, together with another one featuring some "lost" video.
Improving the Chuff on a Pearse Earl
If you fancy further improving the Chuff on your Pearse Earl (and possibly other locos), then click here for a detailed and fascinating account by David Pearson, detailing how he went about it and some of the thinking behind it.
7/8ths" scale Bagnall Chuffer
The Bagnall Chuffer SCAC43 is now available to order. A big thank you to Denny in the USA who has fitted it, tested it and helped with the instructions. Please contact your usual supplier.
New Accuraft 3 Ton Decauville - 7/8ths scale
Here is our first chance to see the Decauville working hard with a Slomo coal wagon and a Summerlands Chuffer. Thanks to John Raffe whe sent he little video below left.
We have now supplied over 6,500 chuffers worldwide.
The Summerlands Chuffer website has had over 745,000 page hits in eight and a half years.
Summerlandsteam (my Youtube channel) videos have now been viewed over 952,000 times.
There are just two of us in the Summerlands Chuffer business. Nigel makes and supplies them through his one man D P Supplies business and I do all the design and marketing from my home.
You can contact me (Chris) at summerlandschuffer(at) gmail.com
Fitting a Chuffer to most Accucraft locos is only a five minute job? And it is the same for the Roundhouse VoR and Silver Lady!
That it is important to always read the instructions if fitting to Roundhouse Twin exhaust locos - even if you have done it before. The cutting heights for Russell, Bertie and the Darjeeling B are non standard.
I recently received a query about a "Chuffer" fitted to an Accucraft loco. The loco wouldn't run and it was found that the thread obstructed the exhaust passage. I knew this could not be a Summerlands Chuffer, and was not surprised when the photo showed an incorrectly designed and poorly engineered copy that had caused the problem.
Genuine Summerlands Chuffers are guaranteed to work correctly and are beautifully made by Nigel Garrett. If you are in any doubt about your Chuffer, please get in touch.
Fitting to home builds - warning!
I have just worked on a fine model of a Hunslet Jack which had recently had a chuffer fitted to the twin exhaust. The chuffer was correct, but the fitting wasn't - the twin pipe adapter was mounted so high that it was blocking the chimney! The problem was made worse by the loco only having very little air hole in the bottom. I shortened the pipes by about 8mm and substantially enlarged the hole in the base and now all is well. It is essential (and easy) to fit them correctly so if in doubt - please do ask!!
Brian Wilson's "Jack" Articles
For those who missed Brian's series in Garden Rail Magazine, or who want a little more detail from the great man himself, we are publishing a re-edited version on the Garden Railway Club over the coming months. The first two sections are already there - so click here to go there. You will also find my article on the build there and more detail on this website here.
That this site hosts web pages for other Garden Railway Traders. Look under the Other Stuff button to find:
Modelearth Design (inc. Talisman & Busybodies)
Small Steam performance (SSP Slomo)
Here are two rather special little films from the wonderful Pinetree Junction studeo to show off their new Chuffer with FX Control and their new Chuffer on the Roundhouse Garratt. Many thanks to Lindsay Newton!
Here are two compilation videos from a few years ago. Below left you get the full chuff and in the first half of below right the locos are running with FX Control open.
Below left John Raffe's Decauville video Below right - Katie in the snow