Live Steam Train

If you have the money to invest, model steam trains are a great addition to your train collection. They have long been the fascination of people of means, but you may find some bargains on some smaller versions.

If you thought that live steam trains were only available in the larger scales, you might consider the smallest working steam engine. Built by Iqbal Ahmed of India, it only measures the length of a thumbnail. How you get the water in it is anybody's guess.

A few manufacturers produce standard scale trains in live steam. Marklin, one of the oldest model makers, began making live steam trains again after a 60-year break. They produce a 1 Scale of the German State Railroad Company (DR) class 8962that is compatible with their other 1 Scale rolling stock. Although the US Marklin distributor does not carry this model, it is available from Canadian distributors.

Aster is considered by most authorities to be the best producer of live steam trains in the world, and they produce more than any other company. You can buy very complicated kits, standard kits, or ready-to-run trains. The product line for Aster is a mixture of Japanese, UK, European, and American replicas. Most of their models are 1:32 scale and run on gas, alcohol, or coal.

One of the reasons for owning a steam engine is that they played such an important part in history. It was the official herald to the industrial revolution as it presented a way for man to power factories, trains, and many other things. Prior to the steam engine, the only power that man had was work animals or leverage devices.

The fascination with live steam has transcended generations and never grows old. Walt Disney's uncle was a train engineer, and this probably influenced the love that Walt had for trains. He not only ran a live steam train in his back yard, he also did much of the design and work on the train himself.

One of the earliest model steam trains produced was by W. J. Bassett Lowke at the turn of the 20th century. He no doubt had a great love for steam locomotives. His father, who was a boilermaker, most likely influenced him.

Like many other older model makers, Bassett Lowke manufacturing has re-entered the live steam market. The 00 scale Mallard has a boiler fired by electricity. It has a run time of 25-30 minutes on a single tank of fuel.

There are several organizations with a common goal to preserve the heritage of the steam train. Some of them sponsor live steam train exhibitions, and a few even have year round attractions featuring live steam models.

Model steam trains represent all that is left of many trains that once travelled the world's countryside. Each time you see one, you can marvel at the technology that was the springboard for most of today's mechanical innovations.



Recent Comments

Danyell wrote:

Got my LIVE STEAM SMALL 1-1/2" SCALE ~LOCOMOTIVE WHISTLE~ weeks ago and am really happy the purchase.
Moon Arrieta wrote:
Last week my daughter found my HORNBY G.103 'Y' POINT FOR STEAM 'ROCKET' 3.1/4" GUAGE at garage sale.
Julia Mcquay wrote:
Recently I found my 3/4" , 1", 1.5" Scale live steam scale Steam Generators on eBay.
Elwood wrote:
Today my wife bought my LIVE STEAM BASSETT LOWKE STREAMLINA VERY NICE CONDITION on Amazon.
Lucile wrote:
Got my Vintage Antique Live Steam Engine weeks ago and am really happy with it.
Edith Twitchell wrote:
Last week I bought my LIVE STEAM ENGINE BURNER MAYBE WEEDEN on eBay.
Hannah Leiker wrote:
Today my kids found my Powered Truck 7-1/2 & 7-1/4 Gauge on Amazon.
Latricia Starner wrote:
Got my Misc Lot of Live Steam Engine Parts , Safety Valve, 1/4" Valve, Etc hours ago and am really happy with it.
Verlie wrote:
Today my kids picked up my LIVE STEAM DISPLACEMENT LUBRICATOR 1/4-40 TPI at a yard sale.
Loura Mahle wrote:
Last week I found my LIVE STEAM LARGE SCALE 1/8" 27 NPT WHISTLE VALVE FOR 1-1/2" TO 2-1/2" ENGINES at a yard sale.
Roxy Malson wrote:
Got my LIVE STEAM ENGINE LUBRICATOR weeks ago and am really happy how much it cost.
Mercedes Busick wrote:
Just yesterday my wife found my DRIVE WHEEL PATTERNS for "LIVE STEAM" model train, 7.5" gauge Locomotive ! on eBay.
Lurline Reneau wrote:
Last week my daughter picked up my Live Steam American Locomotive Railroad Engine Virginia 4-4-0 LBSC 3 1/2 Gauge on eBay.
Christeen wrote:
Today I found my Brass 2-1/2" Gauge Live Steam 4-6-2 Pacific Locomotive and Tender w/ Wood Case on Amazon.
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Got my Wilesco D24 Steam Engine and Carnival - Must See! hours ago and am totally pleased that I got it.
Wayne wrote:
Got my Set of 8 new 4 1/4" cast iron train wheels months ago and am really happy that I got it.
Beverley wrote:
Last week I found my Antique Bing Live Steam Gauge One 0-4-0 Locomotive Train on eBay.
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Hannah Leiker wrote:
Got my LIVE STEAM BRASS "POP-OFF" SAFETY VALVE 1/4 INCH NPT some time ago and am really happy with the price.
Cristin Hora wrote:
Got my Live Steam Locomotive "Virginia" 4-4-0 and Tender months ago and am really happy that I got it.

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