Welcome to the new Summerlands Chuffers Website!
Here we are able to tell you all about the Summerlands Chuffer, explain how to fit it to your gas or spirit fired garden railway loco and let you hear it in action on the many videos (there are two at the bottom of this page). This website also has lots more to interest the garden railway enthusiast as you can see in the contents list.
First, though, here is a brief explanation. The Summerlands Chuffer a highly developed and precision engineered chuff pipe that can bring the real sound of a working steam loco to your 16mm and G Scale railway. Designed to be a straightforward fit to many of the commercially available steam locos in these scales, it amplifies and enhances the sound of the exhaust steam and has the additional benefit of directing the oil and water downwards when starting.
Since the launch in July 2009, over 7,000 have been sold across the globe and you can scroll down to see just a few of the comments we have received.
With the optional FX Control, you can control the loudness of the Chuff and also enhance the steam plume for spectaculay steamy photography!
If your locos are radio control, the Summerlands Chuffer really does add a whole new dimension to your driving – because you can now hear the loco working. You can sense the need for more regulator and when to ease back and when your loco is out of sight, you can still have full control, just by listening to the exhaust!
And if you are a manual contol fan, just load her up, sit back and enjoy the sight and sound of your steam loco – pure magic!
In fact Marc Horovitz, editor of Garden Railways magazine, writing in the Feb 2010 issue said that it “adds a whole new dimension to running steam”. So if you fancy adding that “new dimension” to your garden railway, browse this site to see videos, fitting notes and ideas from fellow enthusiasts across the world who have helped bring the sound of the Chuffer to a huge variety of locos
A pristine Roundhouse Billy ready to test its newly fitted Chuffer
Here you will find the latest news from the Summerlands Chuffer team. New locos are being launched all the time and here we will announce the Chuffers as they become available. There will also be hints, tips and the latest videos
There are now 78 standard types of Chuffer for over 170 garden railway locos, so it is essential to choose the right one. Here you will find Locos from the main manufacturers listed as well as expert Chuffer Fitters who can do the job for you.
This section explains the optional FX Control which allows you to turn down the chuff and turn up the steam plume.
Here are notes on fitting various Chuffers – many of them supplied by customers. These notes are currently hosted off site and there is a link on this page.
Here are a selection of live steam “Chuffer” videos
This page shows where to buy your Summerlands Chuffer, either direct from us or via our dealers. We do not take orders off the website, though our dealers do.
Here are links to just some of my many project articles on the Garden Railway Club site.
This is where I put stuff that doesn’t fit anywhere else. Currently there is a selection of battery electric loco videos.
My Roundhouse Katie – the first loco to receive a Chuffer shows of its FX Control steam effects
Two ‘taster’ videos
These two videos show a range of Roundhouse, Accucraft and other locos fitted with the Summerlands Chuffer. They were made a few years ago so are not the highest picture quality.
“….I have to say that they bring a new and positive dimension to 16mm live steam. Very impressed and will be recommending the brand to anyone who is interested (and to those who think they’re not).”
(Roundhouse Silver lady, Russell and Accucraft Lyn in NZ)
“Got the chuffer put in last night, ran it this evening for the maiden voyage. Holy sh#t I had people from a block and a half away watching!! They could hear it from that far away!! This thing is great!!
Much loader! Very realistic. My ears are still ringing!!!”
“Well done on bringing to market such an excellent enhancement for our models.”
Chuffer v. Bark Box
Nobuoka Naoki must be one of the few people to carry out this comparison on the same loco (the gas fired Aster B20). Here is his verdict (I have tidied up the translation a little – though not the description of the sound):
“I love your very nice (chuff) pipe
Of course barkbox also nice, but I prefer your pipe sound:
BarkBox = da.da.da Summerland = schw.schw.schw.
Such a feeling sound voice”.
Now I have always been a huge admirer of the Bark Box, so I guess it is all just a matter of what you like!
“The Summerlands chuff pipe is one of the best investments I have made in 16mm. I am one satisfied customer!”
“Thanks ….. for all your efforts in producing this little gem. It’s worth every penny and I love it!”
“I just installed my Chuffer in the “Countess” and I can’t believe the change in the sound. Even here in the wilds and high altitude of Western Canada the device works very well.”
“At one point I had to close my eyes as it sounded just like one of the real (Darjeeling) B’s on my Toy Train to the Clouds DVD” (Roundhouse Darjeeling B)
“We thought that someone was driving a Black 5 at full chat up the Conwy Valley!”(Accucraft Superior)
“I can confirm that the Summerlands Chuffer does exactly what it says it will do”.
“….all I can say is brilliant – made the world of differences to the locomotive – really pleased…..” (Roundhouse Billy)
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