I am involved in the Live Scale Steam community. Think
of it as model railroading gone completely bonkers. unlike
tabletop model railroading, engineers actually ride their
trains, and steam locomotives are actually powered by steam,
fired by coal, oil or propane, and sometimes even wood.
Engines are typically built from scratch or castings
using plans scaled down from or inspired by the original
prototype. Due to the nature of steam technology,
scale steam engines work exactly like their full size counterparts,
often with working brakes, pumps, sanders, whistles, bells,
There are many tracks located around the United States
and all over the world. It is a close-knit, fun hobby and
I reccomend it to anyone who likes trains or has interests
in steam, machining metal or the satisfaction of building
things with your hands.
My father and I rebuilt a MEG Steam "Wendy" 3 3/4" scale 0-4-0 for 7.5" gauge. This engine features a marine style boiler and Allen cylinders. It is currently coal fired. We are currently building more rolling stock for it.
Click here or on
the picture to visit my
extensive photo gallery of Live Steam Railroads
I've shot many videos of Live Steam railroading
meets. The best introduction to live steam is the
Bitter Creek Western 2007 Narrow Gauge Meet video. There
is a wide variety of engines and equipment to look at.