Over the last several years, Accucraft has developed an impressive live steam roster and continues an active product development program in 1:20.3, 1:32 and 1:13.7 scales.
The hobby's most popular entry-level steamer is probably the Ruby, a small Baldwin available in live steam only. It's a good runner, has set new standards for a quality entry-level engine, and should be especially attractive to US prototype modelers. Its modular design made it an excellent candidate for kit-bashing.
The basic 0-4-0 Ruby started shipping in fall 1999 and is also available in several different models (0-4-0T, 2-4-2, different tank configurations). The basic Ruby is also available as a screw-together kit.
Accucraft has stated their intent to offer live steam versions of all
their electric locomotives and have followed through with this. They now
have an impressive range of narrow gauge rod locomotives (2-8-0, 2-6-0,
4-4-0, 4-6-0, Mason Bogie), geared industrial engines (Shay and Climax),
and finescale mainline locos (SP Daylight, 0-6-0, and cab forward, CP
Royal Hudson, etc.) in their portfolio. The latest addition is a 1:13.7
33268 CENTRAL AVENUE
UNION CITY, CA 94587
Tel: (510) 324-3399
Fax: (510) 324-3366
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web site: http://www.accucraft.com
In 2006, Eric Agis-Garcin was developing a limited-production kit for a
Decauville 0-4-0 in 7/8n2 scale (1:13.7 scale, 2-foot prototype on 45mm
The kits include unmachined castings, with parts for the frames, boiler, cylinders, and superstructure. We have not been able to determine whether this kit actually went into production or whether it is still available.
47, rue de la ferme du Paradis
tél. (33) 01 30 91 93 17
fax. (33) 01 30 99 20 61
e-mail: eric.agis-garcin@ wanadoo.fr
Australian dealer of live steam locos for 1- and 0-gauge (Accucraft,
Aster, Regner, Roundhouse) as well as track and accessories.
Argyle Loco Works
Clematis 3782 Victoria, AUSTRALIA
tel./FAX: +61 3 5968 6573
Web page: http://www.argyleloco.com.au
Aster is widely considered to be the producer of the finest commercially made live steam engines in the world. Others may equal their quality, but these are few, and their output cannot rival Aster's. Aster is the standard to which most small-scale live steamers compare the other builders. Aster's engines are available either ready-to-run, or as "screwdriver kits", which may be assembled using the hand tools supplied with the kit.
Their product line is a more or less even mix of European, Japanese, UK and US prototypes. Most are 1:32 scale models of standard gauge engines, with a few narrow gauge models. Depending on the engine, they may be gas, alcohol or coal fired (or alcohol and coal, in a couple of cases).
The Aster catalogue is an extremely valuable book, even if you don't own, or even plan to own, any Aster engines. It's one of the best reference books available on the mechanics of small-scale live steam locos, and should be in every small-scale steam library.
The Aster Hobby web site has a worldwide list of importers and suppliers. Their importers and suppliers list has links to web sites for their representatives in North America, the UK, Europe and Australia.
ASTER Hobby Co., Inc.
tel.: 81-(0) 45-934-5646 (English), 81-(0) 45-934-6008 (Japanese)
fax: 81-(0) 45-933-9486 (24 hours)
e-mail (in English): email@example.com
Web site (in English): http://www.asterhobby.com
After a long hiatus, this venerable and respected marque was revived with a lovely 0 gauge Stanier 2-6-0 Mogul locomotive. Now owned by Corgi, another long-time British toy manufacturer, Bassett-Lowke produced a batch of 500 of the 1930s design. In 7mm/ft scale (1:43, or European 0 scale), the engine and tender are about 20 inches long. Although it is based heavily on the 1930s plans, there are some subtle improvements such as a better safety valve design. It was available in two liveries: LMS maroon and BR black. A review in the Bassett-Lowke Society Journal, reprinted on the B-L web site, indicates that it's a good runner, too. Alas, the run is sold out and they do not appear to be coming onto the secondary market.
Harcourt Way, Meridian Business Park
Leicester, LE3 2RL
tel.: (116) 282 6622
fax: (116) 282 6633
web site: http://www.bassettlowke.co.uk/
(order tel. in US/Canada: 800-957-4403)
Dealer for Aster Hobbies, Accucraft Trains, Llagas Creek track, Sierra Valley wheels and Sunset Valley track.
Bear Creek Railroad
2986 - 145A Street
South Surrey, BC
Canada, V4P 1P7
Bellflower Locomotive Works
Manufacturers of 1:20 scale, 0-gauge and/or 1-gauge geared industrial
loco "Cricket". Inexpensive, butane-fired model of prototype made by John
F. Byers Machine Co. in 1890's.
Bellflower has taken over Berkeley Locomotive Works' celebrated design, making this charming entry-level performer available again. The loco has a single cylinder, geared to the driving axles to give impressive pulling power. In the words of one owner, it will "pull a train up a telephone pole". Two boiler styles are available: straight and the larger T-boiler, giving longer runs. It is manufactured completely in the United States, each locomotive being made to order. Contact owner Art Ruiz of Bellflower Cal. to get on the waiting list.
Bellflower Locomotive Works
Distributors of steam locos from Brandbright, Roundhouse, Accucraft.
Brandbright offer a number of British and American style locomotives, as well as a wide range of rolling stock, accessories, etc.
The Old School
Norfolk NR25 6QG ENGLAND
tel.: 44 1263 588 755
FAX: 44 1263 588 424
web site: http://www.brandbright.co.uk/
The venerable Cheddar
Models was been sold in June 2005, and in September the founder, John
Woodroofe, passed away. Cheddar's marine and locomotive designs have been
bought by Stuart Models, who
continue to supply ready-to-run models as well as spare parts. Cheddar's
master boilermaker, Tim Taschimowitz, continues to produce boilers as
Cheddar Valley Steam.
Their locomotive line has, sadly, been discontinued.
Cheddar Valley Steam
Unit 4 Castle Mills Industrial Estate
Somerset BS26 2RH UK
web site: http://www.cheddarvalleysteam.co.uk/
GY3 5XA UK
tel: +44 (0)1481 242041
fax: +44 (0)1481 247912
web site: http://www.stuartmodels.com/
Coles' Power Models
Coles Power Models offers kits for steam engines (no locos, though), plus tools and fittings for model steam engines of all types.Coles' Power Models, Inc
Cross Creek sells Aster, Accucraft locomotives and various accessories.
Cross Creek Engineering
P.O. Box 191
Spencer, OH 44275
tel: 800-664-3226 (US only)
Diamond Enterprises/Yesteryear Toys
Diamond/Yesteryear are the US importers and distributors for Wilesco and Mamod.Diamond/Yesteryear carry the Mamod locomotive line. It's at the bottom of the ladder in terms of sophistication, and the engines were plauged with serious quality problems toward the end of their previous life. But the locos were redesigned in 2010 and are said to be of much better quality and have much higher tractive effort.
Locos are available in 1 Gauge and 0 Gauge, ready-to-run or kits, with or without rolling stock. Wagons, track and turnouts are also available separately.
Diamond/Yesteryear's site also shows proposed reproductions of several
interesting locomotives including a Porter tender engine.
Diamond Enterprises and Book Publishers/Yesteryear Toys
Alexandria Bay, NY 13607
tel.: 800-481-1353 (US only) or 613-475-1771
FAX: 800-305-5138 (US only) or 613-475-3748
Web site: http://www.yesteryeartoys.com
D.J.B. Engineering is known for beautifully made locomotives of British two-foot narrow-gauge prototypes (16mm/ft. or 1:19 scale, running on 0 gauge track).Recently DJB has concentrated on coal-fired boiler conversions for locomotives built by Roundhouse Engineering or Accucraft.D.J.B. Engineering
Notts NG22 0PJ
tel: 01777 871047
Web site: http://www.djbengineering.co.uk/
German manufacturer of gauge , G scale (1:22.5) live steam and electric
Tel.: 0 2426 - 902490
FAX.: 0 2426 - 902499
web site: http://www.reppingen.de/ (German only)
Finescale make a number of fine live steam locomotives in No. 1 scale (1:32), as well as coaches and electrically powered loco models, including a GWR 48XX 0-4-2T and the beautiful Duke of Glouchester Pacific in the photo. (My first live steam driving experience was with a Finescale Peckett, a most pleasant memory.)
The Finescale Locomotive Company
P.O. Box 1534,
Wiltshire SN8 1ZY
web site: http://www.finescale-locomotive.co.uk/
Lutz Hielscher Technische Spielwaren
Gauge 1 and Gauge 0 live steam locomotive kits and ready-to-run locomotives.
Lutz Hielscher Technische Spielwaren
IP Engineering are probably best known for the Brandbright Jane, a super-Mamod clone styled as a Welsh quarry engine. They also produced a limited-run batch of live-diesel engines in 1999 which were snapped up before word of them even reached the streets. Their web site features the Jane as well as various bits and pieces for scratchbuilding your own 32mm gauge locos, add-ons for Jane, wagons to pull behind them, etc.
Winterdyne, Spilsby Road, Eastville,
PE22 8JR ENGLAND
Tel :01205 270373
Web site: http://www.ipengineering.co.uk/
Jensen Steam Engine Mfg.
Long-established manufacturer of stationary steam engines and accessories, Jensen has been family owned and operated since 1932. They still use the original patterns and dies, and their engines are largely hand-made. They don't make any locomotives, but I admire their historical status, so I have included them anyway.
Jensen Steam Engine Mfg. Co., Inc
700 Arlington Avenue
Jeannette, PA 15644
Customer Service/Technical Support Help Line: (941) 461-9065
For Retail and Dealer sales only: (800) 525-5245
World Wide 24 Hour, Dedicated Fax Line: (941) 461-8792
E-Mail (Customers): Sales@JensenSteamEngines.com
Web site: http://jensensteamengines.com/
Little Engines/The Locomotive Works
Once upon a time, the Locomotive Works provided drawings, castings,
parts, etc. for several different live steam engines in various scales,
form the long-established "Little Engines" line. These were all standard
gauge models in 1:48 scale for 0 gauge track, 1:24 scale for gauge 3, 1:16
scale for 3.5" gauge, or 1:12 scale for 4.75" or 5" gauge. They are
the smaller scales of the former Little Engines line. Although the
line is defunct, these kits may show up from time to time.
The 1:24 and 1:48 scale locos, designed by Martin Lewis, may be built either as Pacific or Mountain types. More information on the construction books and castings is in the Plans and Drawings section.
The Locomotive Works
131 LaGrande Ave.
Moss Beach, CA 94038
web site: http://www.littleengines.com/
Mamod makes a wide range of steam-powered toys, and their locomotives are
often the entry point for newcomers to the hobby. Because they were
originally sold to the toy buyer, they tended to be "throttled back"
somewhat in terms of performance and efficiency. Some simple
modifications can turn a lethargic Mamod into a real performer, so don't
overlook them in your search for a beginner's engine.
In recent years, the company has revamped their locomotives with an eye
to today's steam hobbyist - older, more capable, and demanding a more
sophisticated locomotive. Current Mamod locos have gas-fired,
silver-soldered boilers. The detail level is still what one would have to
call "very low", but that's part of their charm, and they have been
successfully kitbashed by many, many steamers.
Unit 1A, Summit Crescent Industrial Estate,
Smethwick, Warley, Birmingham,
B66 1BT ENGLAND
tel.: 0121 500 6433
fax: 0121 500 6309
Web site: http://www.mamod.co.uk/
After an absence of over 60 years Märklin re-entered the steam market
again with a model of the German State Railroad Company (DR) 2-6-0 class
8962. The loco is gas-fired and radio controlled, with an
estimated running time of 10 to 20 minutes. It is equipped with
water glass, pressure valve and Märklin "claw" couplers (compatible with
Märklin's other gauge1 equipment). Minimum track radius is 1.02m.
This was followed by a massive 2-10-0 in a limited run in 2008. Alas,
both are now out of production.
Gebr. Märklin & Cie GmbH
Postfach 8 60
Web site: http://www.marklin.de/
In Canada and US:
Euro Rail Hobbies
tel.: 866-799-6098 (toll-free)
Web site: http://www.eurorailhobbies.com/
"Het juiste adres voor Tuinspoorders, Stoomliefhebbers en
Manufacturer of the coal-fired Henschel 0-4-0T "Casper" (photo). Supplier of live steam model locomotives (Regner, Roundhouse Engineering), stationary engines and boats, as well as general garden railroading equipment and supplies.
North Jersey Gauge One Co.
8 Spring Valley Rd.
Park Ridge, NJ 07656
Hand-built steam locomotives and rolling stock. All locomotives are finely painted and hand-lined. They are individually numbered and come in foam-lined carrying cases.
LMS Duchess 4-6-2 manual or R/C, choice of detailing. £4180 to
Southern Railway M7 0-4-4T with springing, water test cock, extra detailing. £1870 to £2081.
£3 for full information pack.
34 Cox Green Road
Bolton BL7 9HF
tel: (1204) 592258
Industrial models and consultancy work. Manufacturer of Gauge 1 and Gauge 0 metal wheelsets and live steam locos for Gauge 1. The locos, now under development, are a 2-6-0 and a 4-6-0, both tender engines. They also maintain a large second hand loco list.
Precision Industrial Model Makers,
7 Shelley Street,
Shelley, Western Australia, 6148
tel/fax: 17 619 457 2860
Authorized dealer for Roundhouse, Accucraft and Aster steam locomotives. Radio control specialist.
Quisenberry Station - Steam Models
3903 Quisenberry Drive
Alexandria VA 22309
web site: http://www.quisenberrystation.com/
Regner is the major manufacturer of live steam locomotives and parts in
Germany. They produce ready-to-run live steam locomotives for Gauge 1,
kits, parts (wheels, cylinders, boilers etc.), and traction engines.
web site: http://www.regner-dampftechnik.de/
Manufacturer of ready-to-run engines and kits in "G" scale and SM32 scale (16mm on gauge 0). All have outside frames with Walschaerts valve gear, and are butane fired.
If you have an internationally recognized credit card, you may order
directly from Roundhouse. Their Living
Web site has a world-wide list of Roundhouse dealers.
Roundhouse produces an extensive range of (mostly British isles)
narrow-gauge locomotives, including a gorgeous Sandy River & Rangely
Lakes 2-6-2, Darjeeling Class B, an American-style saddle tanker"Sammie",
The European representatives of Accucraft. Web site in German and in English.
Accucraft Distributor Europe
Tel: 49 6507-802326
Fax: 49 6507-802327
web site: http://www.accucraft.de
Dealer of Aster Hobby locomotives. Their web site has a complete roster of every Aster engine made with specifications and many photos, a good historical reference, as well as the complete Aster catalogue. 'Complete' means that it also includes the reference material that makes the catalogue an indispensible part of a small-scale steam library. The site has also begun running technical articles by Kevin O'Connor in the Reference section. Definitely worth bookmarking!
Southern Steam Trains LLC
201 Grandview Circle
Travelers Rest, SC 29690
web site: http://www.SouthernSteamTrains.com
Summerlands make "chuff pipes" -- resonators that amplify and enhance the exhaust beat of a steam loco -- for a number of 1 gauge and 0 gauge locomotives. They are constructed of heavy brass, silver-soldered and measured carefully to get the optimal acoustic effect for each locomotive type.
Nigel Garrett at D P Supplies,
Unit 19, Jubilee Enterprise Centre, Jubilee Close
Weymouth DT4 7BS
Tel. 01305 781911
email: enquiries at dp-supplies.co.uk
Sunset Valley Trackworks
In addition to their well-regarded line of track, turnouts, rail bender and switch stands, Sunset Valley is also a dealer for Accucraft, Roundhouse Engineering and Aster Locomotives. An online catalogue is on their web site.
Sunset Valley Trackworks
13428 209th SE
Issaquah, Wa 98027
web site: http://www.svrronline.com
Authorized Roundhouse dealer. Service on Roundhouse locos by Norm Saley.
638 Rosewood Way
Niceville, FL 32578
The Train Department
Web site: http://www.thetraindepartment.com/
Walsall Model Industries
Wheel castings (shell-molded cast iron), white metal detail castings, bronze cylinder castings. Catalogue UK£2.40. Visa and Mastercard accepted.
Walsall Model Industries
Short Acre Street
tel/fax: 44 1922 633718
Web site: http://www.walsallmodelindustries.co.uk/
Bob Weltyk makes whistles for a wide range of 1 Gauge live steam locos,
all based on Larry Bangham's resonator design. These whistles sound deep
and loud, giving your little steamer a surprisingly convincing voice. For
a real treat, you can put a two-chime whistle on your kettle and watch
your guests jump out of their shoes.
Weltyk silver-solders the whistles' brass components, so they may be
installed in any convenient location on your loco: between the frames,
disguised as an air tank, under the cab roof, etc.
The whistles come with steam fittings for specific locomotives, so you
can easily adapt the whistle for one engine to another with similar
fittings. You may also order new locomotives with Weltyk's whistles
installed by contacting the dealers listed on the web page.
web site: http://www.weltykswhistles.com
Wheel castings and turned sets in cast iron from lost wax. Fully revealed spokes with completely correct profiles and counterweights (where appropriate).
These wheel castings are the finest I have ever seen. The lost wax process gives detail and surface finish comparable to brass or bronze castings. Wood has hundreds of wheel patterns in 1:32, 10mm/ft (standard gauge), 15mm/ft (3-foot narrow gauge) and 1:24 scales.
If you're scratchbuilding a locomotive, you must check out Mark Wood's wheels. Send a self-addressed A5 envelope for a free descriptive list.
Great Yeldham Near Halstead
Essex CO9 4JG
web site: http://www.markwoodwheels.co.uk/
Finescale locomotives in 1:20.3 or 16mm scale for gauge 1 and gauge 0 track.
M. D. Wright
Phone:44 3398 86494
Web addr: http://wrightscale.co.uk/
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