Small-Scale Live Steam


Live steam events in continental Europe in German (Gerhard Karl's German Live Steam site ).

logoInternational Small Scale Steamup

every January

Online registration:
Online event information:

This is the most important small-scale live steam event in the US. Around 200 steam enthusiasts bring their locomotives and run around the clock for a week. Attendees come from all over the world -- US, UK, Europe, Japan, Australia, the Caribbean. There is a "flea market" for buying and selling used items, model steamboat operation in the pool, a festive dinner, and general exhilaration at every moment.  Extracurricular events include a railroad-related movie night, tours to local rail attractions, and more.

Seminars cover a wide range of topics such as building locomotives, prototype information, alcohol firing, machine work, painting and lining, geared locos, etc.  Informal chat sessions throughout the week provide continuous learning opportunities.

Diamondhead Mississippi is approx. 1 hour drive east from New Orleans. Early reservations are strongly recommended, as the area hotels often sell out almost a year in advance. Here's your chance to spend a full week steaming with a great group of people!

Annual Indoor Steam Engine Meeting, Karlsruhe, Germany

Annually, in January

Ausstellung für Dampfbetriebene Großmodelle von Fahrzeugen, Eisenbahnen, Schiffen und stationären Anlagen.

The world's largest steam model show, including steam railways (gauge H0 to 7.5 inch (184mm)), steam driven road vehicles, stationary steam engines, steam driven boats and ships. The event is held at the Messe Karlsruhe exhibition centre.  Participants can enroll in a stoker training course, which leads to certification as a licensed steam vessel stoker.

P.E. Schall GmbH & Co. KG
Gustav-Werner-Str. 6
72636 Frickenhausen, Germany
Tel.: +49 (0)7025 9206673
Fax: +49 (0)7025 9206625

Messe Karlsruhe
Festplatz 9 76137
Karlsruhe, , Germany
Tel: +49 721 3720-0
Fax: +49 721 3720-2106

Faszination-Modellbau - Model Engineering and Live Steam Expo

Annually around 1 November.
Friedrichshafen, Germany

Another expansive, annual German exhibition welcoming hundreds of live steamers with boats, stationary machines and, of course, locomotives of all scales up to 7.5 inch gauge. This is part of a larger general model engineering expo series which runs throughout the year.

Web site:
Messe Sinsheim
P.E. Schall GmbH & Co. KG
Tel: 07025 / 9206-0
Fax: 07025 / 9206-620

International Annual Steam Meet, the Hague

the weekend around 30th April (Queen's day), in the Zuiderpark, den Haag (the Hague), Netherlands.

In addition to the 7.5 inch, 5 inch and 3.5 inch tracks, the Stoomgroep West 'Zuiderpark' NVM has 50m of gauge 1 and gauge 2 tracks (three lines in parallel).  The group has regular operation days on Wednesday and Sunday from April to October, and every day during summer vacation.

Information from:
Stoomgroep West Zuiderpark
Mr. P.Droogleever
Fortuynweg 50
2533 SR Den Haag
Tel. 070-3802660
Web site:

Summer Steamup LogoNational Summer Steamup

annually in July

Steam Events LLC
PO Box 719
Pacifica, CA 94044-0719 USA
tel: 650-898-7878
Web site:

The Summer Steamup is still a small, more intimate gathering than some of the older get-togethers, but with more opportunities for track time. The event features four days of small-scale live steam action at the Lions Gate Hotel in McClellan, Calif (just north of Sacramento).

There are ten steamup tracks, with 1 gauge and 0 gauge tracks, available from 6 am to 1 am. The program also includes dealer displays, workshop seminars, door prizes and the traditional swap table.

 National Garden Railway Convention

The largest garden railroading event in the US. The annual gathering of garden railroaders typically features a steamup track at the convention site and clinics that cater to live steamers (or those curious about this aspect of the hobby). There will also be the usual exhibits, dealer displays, layout tours, clinics and all the other things that make the annual convention such a treat.

Yearly in summer.

Convention web site (2021)

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Last updated: 14 September 2020