Richard Hay has now fitted an SCRH7-FX Chuffer to his Roundhouse Garratt. Lack of the correct box spanner meant that he had to do it the hard way (see video top right), but he certainly thinks it was worth it!
National Garden Railway Show
Yes it is that time of year again - the Peterborough show is on the 6th April and although Summerlands Chuffers will not have a stand, I shall be there assisting on the Roy Wood Models stand. There will be three Chuffer suppliers there: Dream Steam, Chuffed2Bits and Anything Narrow Gauge and I shall be happy to answer any technical questions you may have.
One Million Video Views!
My videos on the Youtube Channel Summerlandsteam have now had over a million viewings!
Accucraft Decauville meets Jack
Roy Wood and I made this little video recently - see below right.
Roundhouse Classic Series "George"
I purchased a secondhand George from John Sutton back in October but for health reasons have only recently got round to fitting a Chuffer. I made three videos "on the kitchen table" - the first takes a look at the loco, in the second I steam up and in the third I fit the Chuffer.They are filmed mostly in real time so are rather long I'm afraid!
To find them click Here
Thanks to help from Dave Mees of Abbeybach Engineering Services we can now offer the SCAC47 for this loco. It is not an easy fit though as the chimney requirs drilling out on a lathe. You can see the instructions here.
Accucraft Cab Forward
Thanks to the efforts of Rob Fern, we are now able to offer a pair of Chuffers for the Accucraft Cab Forward. These are by no means a simple fit and the guidance notes are here. Please read carefully before ordering as I am unable to offer further instructions.
Thanks to help from Clive Young, we now have a Summerlands Chuffer for the Accucraft Gauge One 'Victory'. This is the SCAC45 and according to Clive .."it performed really well. Much better than I expected" - so that's a result!
Accucraft WD Hunslet
Thanks to info provided by Dave Mees of Abbey Bach loco services, we now have the SCAC44 Summerlands Chuffer available to order direct or via your usual supplier. It is a simple fit, but specially designed to deal with the tapered chimney.
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.
We have now supplied over 6,500 chuffers worldwide.
The Summerlands Chuffer website has had over 820,000 page hits in just over nine years
Summerlandsteam (my Youtube channel) videos have now been viewed over one million 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!!
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.
Here are two interesting videos from Richard Hay. The Locobox Africaans Garratt (below left) is a rare beast indeed. And below right is the Locobox Darjeeling D Garratt. Both are fitted with Summerlands Chuffers.