Small-Scale Live Steam

Manufacturers and Suppliers

Most of the information in this section was taken from advertisements and from literature provided by the companies listed, and has not been verified by the compiler of this list. Check with the listed firm for their most current information. All prices are in US dollars unless otherwise specified. I would appreciate being notified if you have corrections or additions which should be made to this list. 

Accucraft No. 4 (Mimi)Accucraft

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 (7/8" scale)
Accucraft Mich-Cal Lumber Shay

Accucraft Trains


Tel: (510) 324-3399
Fax: (510) 324-3366
Email Address:
Web site:

Accucraft's UK and European dealers carry some Britsh or Euorpean locos that are not advertised on their US web site.  If you model UK or continental railways, you should have a look there, as well.  Links to Accucraft's dealers are at the bottom of the main page on their site.

Eric Agis-Garcin's Decauville kit

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 track).
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.

Eric Agis-Garcin
47, rue de la ferme du Paradis
78250 Meulan
tél. (33) 01 30 91 93 17
fax. (33) 01 30 99 20 61
e-mail: eric.agis-garcin@

Anything Narrow Gauge

British suppliers of locomotives by Roundhouse Engineering and Accucraft UK Ltd. as well as track, accessories, etc.

Simon Whenmouth
Anything Narrow Gauge
Holsworthy, Devon,
Callers by Appointment
Landline: 01409 259009
Mobile:    07711 387621

Argyle Loco Works

Australian dealer of live steam locos for 1- and 0-gauge (Accucraft, Aster, Regner, Roundhouse) as well as track and accessories.

Argyle Loco Works
241 Belgrave
Gembrook Road
Clematis 3782 Victoria, AUSTRALIA
tel./FAX: +61 3 5968 6573
Web page:

Motion of JNR C56 160ASTER Hobby Co. Inc

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.
1-13-34 Hakusan,
JAPAN 226-0006
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):
Web site (in English):

Bassett-Lowke Stainier MogulBassett-Lowke

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:
(order tel. in US/Canada: 800-957-4403)

Bear Creek Railroad

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
tel: 604-535-2454


Bellflower Locomotive WorksCricket Steam Motor

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.

Art Ruiz
Bellflower Locomotive Works
tel.: 562-355-3012

logoBrandbright Limited

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. 

Brandbright Limited
The Old School
Cromer Road
Bodham, Holt
Norfolk NR25 6QG ENGLAND
tel.: 44 1263 588 755
FAX: 44 1263 588 424
web site:

Cheddar Models

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
Tel: 0870-8554511
web site:

Stuart Models
Braye Road
tel: +44 (0)1481 242041
fax: +44 (0)1481 247912
web site:

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
P.O. Box 623
Warren, TX 77664
Voice: (409) 547-3400
FAX: (409) 547-3444
Web site:

Cross Creek Engineering

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)
fax: 330-667-2047

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
Box 537
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:

DJB Engineering K-27
D.J.B. Engineering

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

"Eleanor House",
Sibthorpe Hill,
Nr Newark,
Notts NG22 0PJ
tel: 01777 871047
Web site:

Dampfmodellbau Reppingen

German manufacturer of gauge , G scale (1:22.5) live steam and electric locos.

Dampfmodellbau Reppingen
Gewerbepark 34
52388 Nörvenich
Tel.: 0 2426 - 902490
FAX.: 0 2426 - 902499
web site: (German only)

Finescale Duke of GlouchesterFinescale Locomotive Company

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
Tel: 0672-511675
Fax: 0672-516909
web site:

Forest Classics

Forest Classics is a dealer for Mamod, Wilesco and other well-known steam toys. They also carry a gauge 1 Grasshopper locomotive, based on a gas-fired vertical boiler and twin oscillating cylinders. The loco is available ready-to-run or in kit form.

Forest Classics,
Fairview Bungalow, Wood Edge Road,
Lower Milkwall,
Coleford, Gloucestershire,
GL16 7LF
United Kingdom
Tel & Fax (+44) 01594 832797
Web site:
HDC - Dampfmaschinen

Hans Dieter Clemens produces a wide range of stationary engines, including a logging donkey engine. He also makes a "grasshopper" type logging locomotive and a Decauville 0-4-0T.

Hans Dieter Clemens
Ingersberg 24
53940 Hellenthal / Eifel
Tel. 02445-7740
web site:

John Hemmens

The Hemmens name has long been associated with small-scale live steam, though the firm did not make locomotives for a long time. They now offer a lovely "Birmingham Dribbler", a reproduction of a very early live steam locomotive type. Like the originals, it is intended as a floor toy, and thus no track gauge is specified. Unlike the originals, the Hemmens dribbler runs on Sterno pellets, rather than an alcohol wick burner. It's a charming toy, and would make a fine mantle display piece, even if you don't intend to run it on your railway.

John Hemmens
28, Breighton Road
Bubwith, Selby
England YO8 6DQ
tel: 44 (0)1757 289 664

Lutz Hielscher Technische Spielwaren

Gauge 1 and Gauge 0 live steam locomotive kits and ready-to-run locomotives.

Lutz Hielscher Technische Spielwaren
Schmiedestr. 52
42279 Wuppertal
Tel.: +49-202-664052
FAX +49-202-664606

IP Engineering

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.

IP Engineering
Winterdyne,  Spilsby Road, Eastville,  
Boston, Lincolnshire 
Tel :01205 270373
Web site:

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):
Web site:

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
tel: 650-728-1852
fax: 650-728-8050
web site:


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.

Mamod Limited,
Unit 1A, Summit Crescent Industrial Estate,
Smethwick, Warley, Birmingham,
tel.: 0121 500 6433
fax: 0121 500 6309
Web site:

Marklin DR 89-62 class locoMärklin

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.

In Europe:

Gebr. Märklin & Cie GmbH
Postfach 8 60
D-73008 Göppingen
Web site:

In Canada and US:
Euro Rail Hobbies
British Columbia
tel.: 866-799-6098 (toll-free)
tel./fax: 604-533-5886
Web site:

CasperModelbouw Atelier Apeldoorn

"Het juiste adres voor Tuinspoorders, Stoomliefhebbers en Scheepsbouwers."
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.

Modelbouw Atelier Apeldoorn
Ketelboetershoek 28,   Industrieterrein Matenhoek   (wijk 28)
7328 JE   Apeldoorn, NETHERLANDS
Tel: 055 5334138
Fax: 055 5427752
Web site:
North Jersey Gauge One
Dealer for Aster and Accucraft live steam locomotives.  They also carry larger scale live steam, as well as electric gauge 1 engines.

North Jersey Gauge One Co.
8 Spring Valley Rd.
Park Ridge, NJ 07656
tel: 201-391-1493

Pemberton Models

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 £6250
Southern Railway M7 0-4-4T with springing, water test cock, extra detailing. £1870 to £2081.

£3 for full information pack.

Pemberton Models
34 Cox Green Road
Bromley Cross
Bolton BL7 9HF
tel: (1204) 592258 

Precision Industrial Model Makers

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

Quisenberry Station - Steam Models

Authorized dealer for Roundhouse, Accucraft and Aster steam locomotives. Radio control specialist.

Quisenberry Station - Steam Models
3903 Quisenberry Drive
Alexandria VA 22309
Tel 703-799-9643
web site:

Regner live steam locomotive
Regner Dampftechnik, Eisenbahntechnik

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. 

Regner Dampftechnik, Eisenbahntechnik
Erlenweg 3
91589 Aurach

Tel: +49-9804-1745
FAX +49-9804-1781
web site:

Roundhouse Engineering logoRoundhouse Engineering

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 Steam 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", etc..

Roundhouse Engineering Co.
Unit 6, Churchill Business Park
Churchill Road, Wheatley
Doncaster DN1 2TF ENGLAND
Telephone: 44 1302 328035
FAX: 44 1302 761312
Web site:

MVB Schug

The European representatives of Accucraft. Web site in German and in English.

MBV Schug 
Accucraft Distributor Europe
Neustrasse 18
D-54340 Detzem
Tel: 49 6507-802326
Fax: 49 6507-802327
web site:

Silver State Trains

Silver State carries Accucraft live steam locomotives and AMS rolling stock; AristoCraft live steam locomotives, rolling stock, and accessories; Summerlands chuffers and many other related products.

Silver State Trains
2523 Vintage Rose Ave
Henderson, NV 89052

Phone: 702-410-5161

Southern Digital

Southern Digital carries a wide range of model railroad items in various scales, specializing in DCC, but of interest to live steam fans is that they are also a dealer of Accucraft and Aster Hobby live steam locomotives.

Southern Digital
4002 Hwy 78 
Suite 530-190
Snellville, GA 30039
tel: 770-929-1888
web site:

Southern Steam Trains

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
tel: 864-834-3954
fax: 834-864-7624
web site:

Summerlands Chuffers

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

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
tel/FAX: 206-255-2453
web site:

Texas Roundhouse

Authorized Roundhouse dealer. Service on Roundhouse locos by Norm Saley.

Texas Roundhouse
Jim Crabb
638 Rosewood Way
Niceville, FL 32578
tel: 281-543-3028


Tootle Engineering

Tootle Engineering designs both live steam and electric models for 0 gauge and 1 gauge track.  Their live steamers are either built by Argyle Locomotive Works or are based on Roundhouse Engineering platforms.   Thus, the locos should be excellent runners.

In addition to the locos, Tootle has a line of interesting industrial rolling stock as well as parts.

Tootle Engineering
217 Wheeler Crescent
Wanniassa ACT 2903
Phone (02) 6231-7265
Web site:

The Train Department

The Train Department changed hands and expanded its line of products in Nov. 2012. They are the representative of Regner in North America, carrying steam locomotives, marine and stationary engines, as well as Roundhouse Engineering parts and loco kits, steam oil, Welsh coal, rolling stock, Peco track, and accessories.

The Train Department
PHONE: 732-770-9625
Web site:

Train Sales

Manufacturer of the Bark Box, a chuff resonator that transforms a quiet, gas-fired locomotive into a snorting steam beast. Available for certain Accucraft models. They are also dealers for Accucraft Trains.

Train Sales
Richard Jacobs
2459 Odin
New Orleans, LA 70122
Web site:

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
Unit 16/17
Short Acre Street
West Midlands
tel/fax: 44 1922 633718
Web site:

Weltyk's Whistles

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.

Weltyk's Whistles
web site:
tel: 248-391-1002

Mark Wood

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.

Mark Wood
Roseland House
Tilbury Road
Great Yeldham Near Halstead
Essex CO9 4JG
web site:


Finescale locomotives in 1:20.3 or 16mm scale for gauge 1 and gauge 0 track.

M. D. Wright
Aboyne, Aberdeenshire
AB34 5ES
Phone:44 3398 86494
Web addr:

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