Small-Scale Live Steam

ORGANIZATIONS


International

Gauge 1 Model Railroad Association

Membership is 15 pounds a year and there is a one-time 5 pound charge for new members. This covers not only enrollment costs, but also brings the new member copies of the Association's wheel and track standards.

The Association's focus is predominately on British railways, but each issue has some photos of American or European trains, as well as articles from all over the world.

Membership Secy. Mick Mumford
PO Box 5128
Northampton
NN6 OYG
UK
In North America, members may remit membership dues to
Jim Curry
PO Box 40
Warren, ME 04864
USA
jjc@structureguard.com

G1MRA web site: http://www.gaugeone.org

16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers Association

Very active organization for modellers of 2-foot gauge prototypes on gauge 0 (32mm) track.  Their quarterly magazine, 16mm Today, is an excellent publication and features a lot of live steam.

e-mail: any.questions@16mm.org.uk
Web site:http://www.16mm.org.uk/

Gauge 3 Society
The Gauge 3 Society is an organization in the UK for those who are interested in building locomotives to run on 2 1/2" gauge (Gauge 3) track.  They mainly support modellers with scenic railways rather than full size passenger hauling.

Memebership dues for the Gauge 3 Society are £3 "joining fee", £15 per annual subscription.  Make cheques (PO money order, etc.) out to 'The Gauge 3 Society" and send the treasurer:

The Gauge ‘3’ Society
P. O. Box 7814
Sleaford,
Lincolnshire.
NG34 9WW
England, UK.

Web site: http://gauge3.org.uk/

National 2-1/2" Gauge Society
The National 2-1/2" Gauge Society is more operationally oriented (riding behind the locomotive and passenger hauling).

Membership secretary:
Peter de Salis-Johnston,
7 Tudor Court,
Fulford, Stoke-on-Trent,
Staffordshire ST11 9RX
UK

Web site: http://www.users.waitrose.com/~n25ga/


US Special Interest Newsletters

32mm Newsletter

While SM32 (16mm/ft scale on 32mm track) is popular in the UK, it's still fairly uncommon in the US. This scale models 2-foot narrow gauge prototypes on 0 gauge track. And what wonderful models they are! 2-foot gauge railroads are charming and accessible in ways that 3-foot gauge "main line" railroads can't usually match. Modelers in SM32 tend to scratchbuild or heavily modify everything they do, so each railroad has its own unique character.

Rob Kuhlman produces an informal and informative newsletter for 32mm gauge narrow-gauge modelers in the US. It is distributed in PDF format. This group tends to use live steamers and battery-powered "critters". It's a fascinating aspect of the hobby.

Send e-mail to Rob for details on the newsletter.

32mm Newsletter
c/o Rob Kuhlman
1226 Linwood Ave.
Norristown, PA 19401-4211 USA
e-mail: cr@ashbykuhlman.net

US Regional Organizations

Bay Area GRS Live Steamers

If you live in the Bay Area of California, you should get in contact with the live steamers group of the BAGRS. The club supports a portable track (40' x 20') which is set up at least a dozen times a year.

Bay Area Garden Railway Society
205 De Anza Blvd. Suite 40
San Mateo, California, 94402
tel: (650) 358-0418
Web site: http://bagrs.org/Default.aspx?pageId=74966

Pacific Coast Live Steamers

This is a "non-organization organization": it has no officers, rules, meetings or dues. As such, all that the group provides is a communication vehicle for people to learn about small-scale live steamups in backyards and the like. Typically, no more than one message per month is sent out and that message gives dates and places of steamups throughout California (both north and south) and even into parts of Nevada.

Web site: http://www.p-c-l-s.com/
To join the mailing list, send a blank e-mail to pcls-ann-on@p-c-l-s.com

Denver Garden Railway Society Live Steamers

Another regional garden railroading club with an active live steam contingent is the Denver club (the oldest large-scale club in the US). The live steamers have regular steam-ups at members' layouts. Contact information:
DGRS
PO Box 9256
Denver, CO 80209 USA
web site: http://www.denvergrs.org/

Washington, Virginia & Maryland Garden Railway Society

The WVMGRS has many active live steamers. If you're in the DC area, you're among many steamers with experience and excellent garden steam layouts. 

web site: http://www.wvmgrs.org/


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Last updated: 5 July 2011