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.
Recently I bought my LIVE STEAM SMALL 1-1/2" SCALE ~LOCOMOTIVE WHISTLE~ at garage sale.Roxy Malson wrote:
Got my vintage LIVE STEAM Locomotive 4-8-2 1" 1:12 UK Mallard 5" rail for parts/Restore years ago and am really happy with it.Georgianne wrote:
Today I found my Set of 8 new 4 1/4" cast iron train wheels at a yard sale.Loura Mahle wrote:
Got my Live Steam 1 1/2" scale cast iron couplers - Qty (2) set years ago and am really happy that I got it.Briana wrote:
Got my 7.5" Ride-on Live Steam engine - American 4-4-0 - Oil or Coal fired - No Reserve some time ago and am really happy how much it cost.Wayne wrote:
Last week my son picked up my Brass 2-1/2" Gauge Live Steam 4-6-2 Pacific Locomotive and Tender w/ Wood Case at garage sale.Laronda Tippit wrote:
Last week I bought my REGNER LIVE STEAM LOCOMOTIVE AND STATIONARY ENGINE at a yard sale.TenishaBob wrote:
Got my Steam engine boiler some time ago and am totally pleased that I got it.Rosario wrote:
Today I found my LIVE STEAM BRASS "POP-OFF" SAFETY VALVE 1/4 INCH NPT at garage sale.Gilbert Ocampo wrote:
Got my POWERED ENGINE CHASSIS 7-1/2 & 7-1/4 GAUGE some time ago and am really happy with it.David wrote:
Got my LIVE STEAM DISPLACEMENT LUBRICATOR 3/16-40 TPI months ago and am really happy with it.Andera wrote:
Just last week my kids bought my DRIVE WHEEL PATTERNS for "LIVE STEAM" model train, 7.5" gauge Locomotive ! on Amazon.Joe wrote:
Just last week I bought my Live Steam Locomotive "Virginia" 4-4-0 and Tender at a yard sale.Janeth Cassinelli wrote:
Got my Accucraft Ruby #3 - Ida 1:20.3 live steam Brass Garden Railway weeks ago and am totally pleased the purchase.Jeanie Green wrote:
Recently my son picked up my Today's Illinois Central Mainline Of Mid-America Volume 1 North VHS Railroad IC at garage sale.Dustin wrote:
Recently my son-in-law found my ACCUCRAFT 7 1/2" GAUGE 2 1/2" SCALE FORNEY COAL FIRED, NEW on eBay.Devorah Byerly wrote:
Last week I found my Accucraft 1:20.3 Baldwin 4-4-0 NCNG Grass Valley, live steam at a yard sale.Nydia Delcid wrote:
Last week my wife bought my "THE RED DEVIL & Other Tales From The Age Of Steam" by D.Wardale(VERY RARE !) on eBay.Elinor Oshiro wrote:
Today my daughter picked up my LIVE STEAM DISPLACEMENT LUBRICATOR 1/4-40 TPI at garage sale.Doyle Greenly wrote:
Today I picked up my LIVE STEAM BRASS "POP-OFF" STYLE SAFETY VALVE 1/8 INCH NPT on eBay.