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American Railroads Pages
on page one (top):
railroad links
railroad museums
Class I railroads
Class II railroads
shortline railroads
light rail & supertrains

on page two (top):
Computer & Board Games
U.S. Railroad History
Railroad Pioneers
Narrow-Gauge RRs
Historic RR Lines

on page three (top):
transcontinental railroads
railroad moguls
railroad recordings

Railroad Film Festival Pages

        two kids and an electric train under the Xmas tree      

model railroad links
manufacturers
retailers
groups

reading material

about scales & gauges

garden railroads

large scale / live steam

Lionel Corp.

Thomas the Tank Engine

image gallery


Athearn HO-scale models of several passenger cars of the Southern Pacific RR, in the 'Daylight' color scheme

L i n k s
online index of model railroad magazines from 1933 [est. 1997]
The Great Train Expo - national traveling show
monthly Great Midwest Train Show in Wheaton, IL
TrainFest Model Railroad Show [Nov 2015 = #45] near Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Al's 'Model Railroad Layouts and Scenery' weblog
Model Railroad Industry Hall of Fame [est. 1985]
Pilentum Television - The World of Model Trains {YouTube channel est. 8/2011}
Miniature World of Trains [est. 2013], 2801 Wade Hampton Blvd. in Greenville / Taylors, South Carolina
The World's Greatest Hobby, Inc. [est. 2001] non-profit educational program is based in Elmhurst, Ilinois


Miniatur Wunderland GmbH - the largest model railway in the world [open 8/2001] in Hamburg, Germany
official websiteentry at Wikipediawatch 11/2011 official video tour [4:54] at YouTube


Railroads On Parade model RR tourist attraction [est. 2010, lost lease 2014] in Pottersville, NY
official websiteFacebookbuilder Dunham Studios [est. 1987]watch 11/2014 auction promo [12:15] at YouTube

Model Railroad Manufacturers
Hobby Manufacturers Assn. [merger 2005] / Model Railroad Division

Bachmann Industries, Inc. model trains [est. 1833] in Philadelphia, PA, now owned by Chinese
official company websitecompany entry at Wikipedia
Bachmann / Plasticville™ scale model structures
Bachmann / Spectrum™ premium scale models
Bachmann / Thomas the Tank Engine™ HO- & G-scale models
Bachmann / Williams O-scale models
Bachmann Trains channel [est. 3/2009] on YouTube

Gebr. Märklin & Cie. GmbH aka Märklin [est. 1859] of Germany
their first windup toy train was in 1891; launched zero/O-gauge circa 1900, HO-scale in 1935, Z-scale in 1972.
official company websitecompany entry at Wikipedia


Athearn, Inc. 'trains in miniature' [est. 1946] in Carson, CA
Atlas Model Railroad Company, Inc. [est. 1949] in Hillside, NJ
Banta Model Works - P&S Building & Structure Co. of Vermont
Boulder Valley Models - On30-scale railroad model kits [est. 2002], based in Baltimore, MD
Foothill Model Works {On3) of Willitts, CA
Horizon Hobby Model Trains of Champaign, Illinois
Kadee® - The Coupler People
Life-Like Trains {div. of Walthers since 2005}
Overland Models, Inc. - brass models [est. 1976]
Republic Locomotive Works N/Nn3 Scale [est. 2000] in Washington State
Rusty Stumps O/HO/S/N Scale Models [est. 2002] in Indiana
Sierra Scale Model Supplies [est. 2003] in Tampa, Florida
Sierra West Scale Models [est. 1993] of Plano, Texas
Wm. K. Walthers, Inc. model trains [est. 1932]

Athearn® scale model trains category at Amazon
Atlas® scale model trains category at Amazon
Bachmann® scale model trains category at Amazon
Hornby® OO-scale model trains category at Amazon
Intermountain Railway® scale model trains category at Amazon
K-line® scale model trains category at Amazon
Lionel® O- & S-scale model trains category at Amazon
L.G.B.® G-scale model trains category at Amazon
M.T.H. Electric Trains® O-scale model trains category at Amazon
Precision Craft Models® scale model trains category at Amazon
Roundhouse® scale model trains category at Amazon
U.S.A. Trains® G-scale model trains category at Amazon
Walthers® scale model trains category at Amazon
Woodland Scenics® O- & HO- & N-scale model trains category at Amazon

Model Railroad Retailers
Model Retailer Magazine [est. 1975]
Central Coast Trains [est. 1995], 7600 El Camino Real in Atascadero, California
Internet Trains 'model train superstore' [est. 1999] in Brea, California
world's largest model trains store  Caboose Hobbies [est. 1938] model train store, 500 So. Broadway in Denver, Colorado
Highlands Station, LLC [est. 2007] in Lakewood, Colorado
InterMountain Railway Co. of Longmont, Colorado
Brass Trains [] in Ocala, Florida
H & R Trains in Pinellas Park, Florida
Trainz - buyer & seller of toy trains [est. 1998] in Buford, Georgia
Balls of Brass railroad models [1977-2009] in Montana
Spring Creek Model Trains [est. 2000, store 2009] in Deshler, Nebraska
The Train Station [est. 1974; authorized Lionel® dealer] in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey
Silver State Trains {online only} based in Henderson (Las Vegas), Nevada
Trains West [1992-2013] in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Blue Ridge Hobbies Model Railroading Supplies & More [est. 2005], 2327 No. Pleasantburg Drive in Greenville, South Carolina
Pufferbelly's toy train traders [est. 1998] of Waco, Texas
Mario's Trains [authorized Lionel® dealer] in Winchester, Virginia
The Inside Gateway model train store [est. 1990], 14128 NE Woodinville-Duvall Road in Woodinville, WA
Backwoods Miniatures of U.K. {sellers of U.K. & U.S. rolling stock}

Allied Trains [est. 1946] on Sepulveda Blvd. in Culver City, California            Wisconsin Illinois Trains [est. 2012] in Muskego, Wisconsin {south and west of Milwaukee}

Model Railroad Groups
National Model Railroad Assn. [est. 1935]
N.M.R.A. Directory of World Wide Model Railroading Websites
Pacific Coast Region, N.M.R.A.
Train Life social network [est. 2005] based in Provo, Utah
Plasticville Collectors Association [est. 1999] is based in Iowa

Arizona Model Railroading Society [est. 1984] in Glendale, AZ
San Diego Model Railroad Museum [est. 1939] in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
Wichita Toy Train Club & Museum [est. 1985] in Wichita, KS
Twin City Model Railroad Museum [est. 1954] in Saint Paul, MN
Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum [est. ??, moved 2015] in Gulfport, MS
Sheboygan [WI] Society of Scale Model Railroad Engineers, Ltd. [est. 1977]

Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum         Twin City Model Railroad Museum [est. 1954] in Saint Paul, MN         San Diego Model Railroad Museum [est. 1939] in Balboa Park         Toy Train Operating Society [est. 1966]         Circus Model Builders, Inc. [est. 1936] is based in Pennsylvania, USA

Toy Train Operating Society [est. 1966] is based in Southern California
T.T.O.S holds its annual convention in different cities in August (2016 is 50th Anniversary Convention)
T.T.O.S. Buckeye Division [] of Ohio
T.T.O.S. Canadian Division [] {website parked}
T.T.O.S. Golden State Division [] {website parked} is based in Cupertino, CA
T.T.O.S. New Mexico Division [est. 1986] is based in Albuquerque, NM
T.T.O.S. Pacific Northwest Division [est. 1970] is based in the Portland, Oregon area
T.T.O.S. Sacramento Valley Division [est. 1985?] of California
T.T.O.S. San Joaquin Valley Division [] of California {website parked}
T.T.O.S. Silver State Division [] of Nevada {website parked}
T.T.O.S. Southern Pacific Division [est. 1974] is based in Orange County, CA
T.T.O.S. Southwestern Division [est. 1966] is based in Los Angeles County, CA
T.T.O.S. Wolverine Division [est. 1966] is based in Michigan
The other T.T.O.S. divisions, having no web presence, are named: Bay Counties, Central California, Empire & Eastern,
Florida, Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Curve, Independence, National Capital, Niagara Frontier & Sooner.

Canadian Toy Train Association [est. 2001?] is based in Burnaby, British Columbia

The Train Collectors Association [est. 1954] is based in Strasburg, PA
e-Train, the online magazine [est. 2002] of the Train Collectors Association
T.C.A.'s National Toy Train Museum [est. 1977] in Strasburg, PA
Train Collectors Association Desert Division [est. 1970] covers AZ, NM & West TX

Reading  Material  &  Videos
browse books on model railroads at Amazon
Narrow Gauge & Shortline Gazette {for modelers}
Maine 2-Foot Quarterly Magazine
O-Gauge Railroading Magazine [est. 12/1975]
O-Gauge Railroading Magazine's YouTube channel [est. 4/2009]

Model Railroader Magazine [est. 1934] from Kalmback Publications
Model Railroader
Magazine

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magazine website

Railroad Model Craftsman Magazine [est. 1933] from Carstens Publications
Railroad Model Craftsman
Magazine

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12 issues/year for $34.95

magazine website

Classic Toy Trains Magazine from Kalmback Publications
Classic Toy Trains
Magazine

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9 issues/year for $39.95

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12 issues/year for $3.33/month

magazine website

O-Scale Trains Magazine [est. 2002] subscription
O-Scale Trains
Magazine

[bi-monthly est. 2002]
subscribe directly:
6 issues/year for $39,
2 years for $74

magazine website

Model Railroad News [est. 1995] from Lamplight Publishing
Model Railroad News
Magazine

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12 issues/year for $34.95

magazine website

Australian Model Railway Magazine [est. 1977?]
Australian Model
Railway Magazine

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6 issues/year for $114.07
{USA price}

magazine website

Model Railroading Magazine {defunct 2006}
Model Railroading
Magazine

ceased publication
in August 2006

magazine website gone
back issues no longer available

browse books on railroads at Amazon

Up Clear Creek / Modeling the Colorado & Southern book by Harry W. Brunk  "Up Clear Creek On The Narrow Gauge: Modeling The Colorado & Southern"
[1990] by Harry W. Brunk

a series of 54 articles from Narrow Guage & Short Line Gazette reporting on construction of the author's HOn3 scale model railroad, the Union Central and Northern, which was based on the Clear Creek District of the 3-foot gauge Colorado & Southern Railroad that ran from Golden, Colorado, to just beyond Silver Plume
Benchmark Publns 11x8½ hardcover [1990] out of print/used
sequel "More Up Clear Creek On The Narrow Gauge" [2010] by Harry W. Brunk
less 'how to' book and more history and motivation; 88 further articles from bi-monthly Narrow Guage & Short Line Gazette
Benchmark Publns 11½x8½ hardcover [2010] out of print/used
The Model Railway Manual book by C.J. Freezer  
"The Model Railway Manual: A Step-by-Step Guide To Building A Layout" [1994] by C.J. Freezer
Haynes Publng 11x8¼ hardcover [1/95] out of print/used
Haynes Publng hardcover [11/94] out of print/used
Playing with Trains book by Sam Posey  "Playing With Trains: A Passion Beyond Scale" [2004]
by {Grand Prix racer} Sam Posey

Kindle Edition from Random House [12/2007] for $1.99 {sic}
Random House 8x5¼ pb [11/2005] for $12.53
Random House 8½x6 hardcover [9/2004] out of print/70+ used
'Golden Age of Toy Trains' on DVD  "The Golden Age of Toy Trains" [2012]
Directed by Tom McComas & Joseph Stachler
featuring mostly Lionel equipment, but also American Flyer and Marx and Kusan
T.M. Books & Video color DVD [10/2012] for $13.95
The Wonderful World of Model Trains book by David B. Brokaw  "The Wonderful World of Model Trains: A Beginner's Guide To Building Your Own Model Railways and Creating Stunning Sceneries & Layouts" [2012]
by David B. Brokaw

127-page Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [5/2012] for $4.97
126-page CreateSpace 8x5 pb [3/2014] for $9.97
CreateSpace 8x5 pb [3/2014] third party/new-used
'LOK LGB' book by    "L.O.K. L.G.B." book [2013]
by Aldo Farneti & Paolo Zanin, Photographs by Photo by Roberto Turci

{no idea what 'L.O.K.' signifies}; book is in English & German, with over 500 HD photographs on 544 pages, featuring every locomotive produced by L.G.B. from 1968 to Summer 2013
Edizioni Antilia, Italy 9½x12x2" {7¼ pounds!} hardcover [2013] for $69.99
official book site
"L.O.K. L.G.B. Update" supplement [2014] Summer 2013 to Summer 2014
"L.O.K. L.G.B. Update" supplement [2015] Summer 2014 to Summer 2015
'Tinplate Legends In Action' 5 DVD boxed set  
"Tinplate Legends In Action - 5 DVD Boxed Set" [2013]
Directed by Tom McComas; covers all major manufacturers, like American Flyer, Bing, Boucher, Carlisle & Finch, Dorfan, Ives, Lionel, Märklin, Marx, and more
T.M. Books & Video widescreen color DVD [9/2013] 5 disks for $44.99

http://www.amazon.com/101-Classic-Toy-Trains-Postwar/dp/0871164108/
http://www.amazon.com/Collectors-Guide-Classic-Gauge-Trains/dp/0896894576/
http://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Railroading-Railroaders-How-To-Guides/dp/0890247927/
http://www.amazon.com/Plasticville-Illustrated-Price-Guide-Littletown/dp/B008BVMPJY/
http://www.amazon.com/Scale-Railroading-Getting-Railroaders-How-/dp/0890247730/
http://www.amazon.com/Toy-Train-Memories-John-Grams/dp/0871161982/
http://www.amazon.com/Ways-Better-Looking-Layout-Modeling-Painting/dp/0890248192/

About  Scales  &  Gauges


'rail transport modelling scales' entry at Wikipedia

Lionel Trains was launched in 1900; other toymakers soon saw a need to standardize toy railroad scale and gauge so that smaller companies could produce equipment and accessories that were widely compatible. The 1909 industry standards defined scales zero thru six; zero soon became O-scale, the other numeric scales withered away during the Great Depression. The first 'tabletop' railways appeared as early as 1922, mostly 'half-O' scale, marketed for enthusiasts with smaller homes; the equipment was also cheaper and easier to manufacture. The similar 'naught-naught' or double-O scale debuted at the Leipzig Fair in 1935, including products from Märklin. HO-gauge took off in the United States, partly helped by excellent track from Atlas; OO-gauge became popular in the U.K. from manufacturer Hornby (brand name 'Dublo') and in Germany from manufacturer Märklin. The public perception of 'toy trains' and 'electric trains' usually produces images of HO-scale and O-scale home layouts and-or Lionel trains in a circle underneath the Christmas tree. The public is also aware of kiddie rides at the zoo and elsewhere (rideable 10" and 12" and 15" gauge). (The other scales and gauges tabled below exist, but are unfamiliar to the general public; obscure and obsolete scales are not included in this table.)

scale proportion scale foot gauge uses
prototype1:112 inches/footvariesreal life
grand scalevariesvaries10"/12"/15"outdoor kiddie rides
live steam 7.5variesvaries7½" ¹outdoor, rideable
live steam 5variesvaries5"outdoor, rideable
live steam 3.5variesvaries3½" (89mm)outdoor, rideable
16mm scale1:19.0516mm/foot32mm for 2-ft ng
45mm for 2'9¾" ng
outdoor/garden, often live steam, mostly in Britain
F-scale1:20.3215mm/footG-gauge 45mmoutdoor/garden (3-foot-gauge prototypes)
G-scale1:22.2 ²13.55mm/footG-gauge 45mmoutdoor/garden (1-meter-gauge prototypes)
H-scale1:24½-inch/footG-gauge 45mmoutdoor/garden (3½-foot-gauge prototypes)
1-scale1:323/8-inch/footG-gauge 45mmoutdoor/garden layouts
O-scale1:48¼-inch/foot (6.5mm/foot)30mm (1.181")indoor home layouts
On3-scale1:48¼-inch/foot (6.5mm/foot)19.05mmindoor home layouts (3-foot-gauge prototypes)
On30-scale1:48¼-inch/foot (6.5mm/foot)16.5mm / 0.65"
{HO track}
indoor home layouts (30-inch-gauge prototypes)
O27-scale1:643/16-inch/foot30mm (1.181")indoor home layouts ³
S-scale1:643/16-inch/foot22.42mmindoor home layouts
OO-scale1:764mm/foot16.5mm / 0.65"indoor home layouts
HO-scale1:873.5mm or near 1/8-inch/foot 416.5mm / 0.65"indoor home layouts
HOn3-scale1:873.5mm or near 1/8-inch/foot 410.5mm / 0.413"indoor home layouts
N-scale1:1601.905mm/foot9mmindoor home layouts
Z-scale1:2201.385mm/foot6.5mmindoor home layouts
L-scalen/avariesvariesterm used for railways built from Lego™ components
V-scalen/an/an/aterm used for railways that exist as virtual (software) worlds
Note 1: There is a popular commercial variant of 7¼" gauge; however, most public live steam clubs have 5" and 7½" track.
Note 2: The official but inaccurate standard is 1:22.5.
Note 3: Smaller equipment on special O-gauge track; sold by Gilbert, American Flyer, Marx, and Lionel.
Note 4: Manufacturers use the 1:87 standard; some modellers contruct buildings and such using available 1/8-inch or 1/4-inch craft material.

animated Union Pacific Challenger 4-6-6-4 steam locomotive
Large  Scale / Garden  Model  Railroading
Just about all 'garden' railroads run on 45mm-gauge (1.772 inches) track, which is called 'G-gauge'; the locomotives and equipment are produced
in multiple scales to run on that universal track gauge. 'Gauge 1' is 1:32 scale to model standard-gauge trains; 'G Scale' is 1:22.5 scale to model
European trains of 1,000mm gauge; 'H-Scale' is 1:24 scale to model 3½-foot narrow gauge trains; 'F- or Fine-Scale' is 1:20.32 scale to model
U.S. 3-foot narrow-gauge trains; 'SE-Scale' is 1:13.7 (7/8" to the foot) scale to model U.S. 2-foot narrow gauge trains.
'G Scale' entry at Wikipedia

Large Scale Resource Pages
G Scale Junction - retail & online sales, 570 Hebron Road in Heath, Ohio
G-Scale Model Train Forum & Online Community [est. 2000] based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Large Scale Central forums, chat & online community [est. 2000] based in Massachusetts
The Large Scale Trains Page by George Schreyer

Lone Pine & Grizzly Flats G-scale garden railroad in Corona, CA
Dave Bodnar's D&L Garden Railway website {with lousy navigation} of Pittsburgh, PA

Northern Colorado Garden Railroaders [est. 1999]
Tucson [AZ] Garden Railway Society [est. 1994]
Gold Coast Garden Railroad Society [] in Ventura, CA
Bay Area [CA] Garden Railway Society [est. 1988]
Denver [CO] Garden Railway Society [est. 1979]
Georgia Garden Railway Society [est. 1991]
Las Vegas [NV] Garden Railway Society []
New Mexico Garden RailRoaders
Greater Cincinnati [OH] Garden Railway Society [est. 1990] based in Covington, KY
Tulsa [OK] Garden Railroad Club [est. 1997]
Pittsburgh [PA] Garden Railway Society [est. 1994]
Houston Area G-Gaugers Model Railroad Club [est. 1987] in Hockley, Texas
Houston [TX] Small Scale Live Steamers []
INFO: public run days are last Sunday of each month  Rosenberg [TX] Railroad Museum garden railroad [built by H.A.G.G. from 2012]
Puget Sound [WA] Garden Railway Society [est. 1989]
Association of 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers [est. 1977] of U.K.

Garden Railways Magazine [est. 1984] published by Kalmbach
Garden Railways Magazine YouTube channel [est. 3/2012] - 24 uploads 8/2015
"How To Build A Basic Garden Railroad" video [4/2012] at Youtube • part 1 [9:52]part 2 [9:07]

Garden Trains YouTube channel [est. 11/2006] - 60+ videos uploaded

Big Train World retail & online sales in The Netherlands

USA Trains – 'largest selection of G-scale rolling stock in the world' in NE Massachusetts
U.S.A. Trains® G-scale model trains category at Amazon

L.G.B.® (Lehmann Gross Bahn) model railroad products [est. 1968] now owned by Märklin
official company websitecompany entry at Wikipedia
L.G.B.® G-scale model trains category at Amazon

National Garden Railway Conventions {sanctioned by who?}
2012 Chicago Convention [Aug 2012 = #28] in St. Charles, Illinois
2013 Cincinnati [OH] Convention [June 2013= #29]
2014 Florida Convention [May 2014= #30] in Tampa, FL
2015 Denver Convention [Aug 2015 = #31] in Colorado
2016 San Francisco Bay Area Convention [July 2016 = #32] in Santa Clara, CA
2017 Tulsa Convention [July 2017 = #33] in Oklahoma
2018 Atlanta [GA] Convention [June 2018 will be #34]

National Garden Railway Show in U.K.
East Coast Large Scale Train Show [each Spring since 1997] in York, PA

Garden Railways Magazine [est. 1984] from Kalmbach Publng - subscription
Garden Railways
Magazine (USA)
[est. 1984]

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magazine website
entry at Wikipedia

cover of Garden Rail Magazine from U.K.
Garden Rail
Magazine (U.K.)

no info found from search on Amazon & Wikipedia; publishes monthly (also digital)
magazine website

GartenBahn Profi Magazine [est. 1/2003?] from Medienbüro Gilbert
GartenBahn Profi
Magazine
[est. 1/2003?]
published in
Germany

German-language
magazine website

Steam in the Garden Magazine [est. 1985]
Steam In The Garden
Magazine (USA)
[est. 1981]

magazine website

Live Steam & Outdoor Railroading Magazine [est. 1967] is based in Traverse City, Michigan
Live Steam and
Outdoor Railroading
Magazine (USA)
[est. 1967]

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facsimile cover of 'Garden Railways' book by Ray Tustin  
"Garden Railways" [1949] by R.E. 'Ray' Tustin
110-page T.E.E. U.K. facsimile pb [10/92] out of print/scarce
110-page Marshall U.K. hardcover [1949] out of print/scarce
Garden Railway Manual book by C.J. Freezer  "The Garden Railway Manual: A Step-by-Step Guide To Building and Operating An Outdoor Model Railway" [1995] by C.J. Freezer
Haynes Publng 11/8½ hardcover [12/95] out of print/used
Getting Started In Garden Railroading book by Allan W. Miller  "Getting Started In Garden Railroading: Build The Railroad of Your Dreams . . .
In Your Own Backyard!" [2001] by Allan W. Miller

Kindle Edition from Krause Publns [2/2011] for $10.99
Krause Publns 10¾x8¼ pb [6/2001] out of print/used
Garden Railroading, Getting Started In The Hobby book by Kent Johnson   "Garden Railroading: Getting Started In The Hobby" [2002] by Kent Johnson
Kalmbach/Garden Railway Books 10¾x8¼ pb [3/2002] out of print/many used
Practical Garden Railways book by Peter Jones  "Practical Garden Railways" [2006] by Peter Jones
Kindle Edition from Crowood Press [8/2013] for $12.49
Crowood Press UK 10x7¾ hardcover [12/2006] for $28.00
The Art of Garden Railways book by Ian Stock  "The Art of Garden Railways: Reaching For Realism (Garden Rail Special #3)"
[5/2010] by Ian Stock

Atlantic Publrs 11½x8¼ pb [5/2010] import/new-used
Atlantic Publrs pb [5/2010] import/new-used
Building Structures For Your Garden Railway book by Jack Verducci  "Building Structures For Your Garden Railway" [2010] by Jack Verducci
Kalmbach/Garden Railway Books 10½x8 pb [7/2010] for $13.56
Making Model Buildings For Garden Railways book by Peter & Kes Jones  "Making Model Buildings For Garden Railways" [2011]
by Peter Jones, with Kes Jones

Crowood Press UK 10x8 hardcover [12/2011] for $23.86
Garden Railway Basics book by Kevin Strong  "Garden Railway Basics" [2013]
by Kevin Strong

Kalmbach/Garden Railway Books 10¼x8 pb [5/2013] for $16.19


animated 2-6-0 locomotive puffing steam
Live Steam Model Railroading
'Large Scale' live steam-powered model railroad locomotives big enough for humans to ride on are very popular in the U.S.A, in the U.K.. and in Australia. The most popular track gauges are 3½‑inch, 5‑inch, 7¼‑inch, and 7½‑inch; the 'Grand Scale' amusement park train rides are usually 10-inch, 12-inch, or 15-inch gauge. Owners and builders tend to closely-matching the scale of the equipment with the gauge of the track. Coal- and oil-fired locomotives carry more prestige, but internal-combustion and electric motors power many larger-scale model locomotives that represent steam-era engines; models of diesel and electric locomotives usually have matching power sources.
'Live Steam' entry at Wikipedia

Discover Live Steam [est. 1998]
TH's Live Steaming info site [est. 1995]
Live Steam and Outdoor Railroading Magazine [est. 1966]
National Summer Steamup [July 2016 = #20] in McClellan (Sacramento), CA
International Brotherhood of Live Steamers [est. 1932]

INFO: over 30 years model steam locomotive construction, restoration, and repair experience with 4¾-inch, 7¼-inch, and 7½-inch equipment  Goodshall's Custom Machining & Model Steam Locomotives [est. 1984?] in Shermans Dale, PA
INFO: company produces battery-powered made-in-USA 4-4-0 steam locomotives that run on either 7¼" or 7½" track, plus cars, track & accessories  The Great American Train Company [est. 2008] of Plymouth, MN
INFO: has produced kits and parts for 1½-inch scale live steam locomotives for over 70 years, currently offers eleven engines  Little Engines [est. 1937] in Lancaster, PA
RG's Live Steam Locomotives Supplies of Santa Paula, CA
Mason's Trains live steam products of Canada {website given up 2013}
Miracle Graphics - for the large scale modeler [est.2000] in Shady Dale, Georgia
INFO: makers of 1/8-scale locomotives, rolling stock, and equipment  Jim Humphrey's Mountain Car Company [] in Salem, Virginia
Plum Cove Studios 1.5"-scale (7¼/7½-inch gauge) rolling stock in Gloucester, MA
INFO: 'builders of quality 1/8-size 1.5" scale and 1/5-size 2.5" scale outdoor railroad equipment'  Rio Grande Associates outdoor railroad equipment [est. 2002] in Wichita, Kansas
R.M.I. {Roll Models Industries) Railworks [est. 2000] 174 Lambert Street in Oxnard, CA 93036

international organisation The 7¼-Inch Gauge Society [est. 1973] based in Harrow (London), U.K.

listing of public & private live steam railroads (by S.C.L.S., needs an update)
listing of U.S.A. public & private live steam railroads on the Discover Livesteam website

Arizona & Pacific Railroad [est. 2002] 16-inch gauge live steamers in Peoria, Arizona
Flagstaff & Middle Verde RR of Malcolm & Martha Mackey [1988-2012] in Camp Verde, Arizona - sold equipment to A&PRR in Peoria
INFO: M.L.S. has approximately 14 miles of 7½-inch guage track; closed in Summer (too hot!), reopens mid-September to mid-May  Maricopa Live Steamers [] is north of Phoenix in Glendale, AZ
INFO: 1.5-inch scale trains 1.5 miles of track on 20 acres; no longer open for public train rides  The Redlake Junction Railroad [est. 2008] in Williams, Arizona
Yuma Territory Live Steamers [est. 2008] in Yuma, Arizona

L.A. Live Steamers [est. 1956] at Travel Town in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California            Orange County Model Engineers [est. 1977] in Costa Mesa, California            Redwood Empire Live Steamers [est. 2003] in Santa Rosa, California            Riverside Live Steamers [est. 1966] of California            privately-owned Bitter Creek Western Railroad [est. 1984] of California
INFO: public run/work days occur one or two weekends each month  privately-owned Bitter Creek Western Railroad [est. 1984] 7½-inch gauge railroad near Arroyo Grande, California
Chula Vista Live Steamers (Sweetwater & Rohr Park RR) [est. 1974]
INFO: 1,800 feet of mainline, 700 feet of other track on a hillside; engines include gas-powered D&RGW diesel switcher #50, three D&RGW narrow-gauge C-16 replicas, and the K-27 class 2-8-2 #464, electric-powered R.G.S. Goose #6, and oversized gas-powered diesel switcher #1  Flintridge & Portola Valley Railroad [est. 1991] is a 7½" gauge backyard railway in California
watch Mike Massee's 2014 "Flintridge and Portola Valley Live Steam" movie [26:52] online at YouTube
INFO: oldest live steam club in U.S.A.  Golden Gate Live Steamers [est. 1936] at Tilden Park in the hills above Berkeley, California
INFO: operational 15" gauge, 7½" gauge, and G-scale trackage; prototype rolling stock includes D&RGW dining car 'Castle Peak', Pullman car 'Red Oak', S.P. RPO car #5217, and S.P. cupola caboose #529  Joshua Tree & Southern Railway and Museum [est. 1986?] in Joshua Tree, California
Kern County Live Steamers [] operates on portable track in Bakersfield, California
Los Angeles Live Steamers [est. 1956] at Travel Town in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California
privately-owned Mesa Grande Western RR 'High Desert Scenic Line' [est. 1961] 9"-gauge railroad in the Mojave Desert near Valyermo, California
INFO: opened 1989; operates on 5 miles of 7½" track; run days usually one weekend per month  Orange County Model Engineers (Mackeral Flats & Goat Hill Junction RR) [est. 1977] in Costa Mesa, California
Redwood Empire Live Steamers Interactive Museum [est. 2003] in Santa Rosa, California
Redwood Valley Railway [] 15"-gauge miniature steam railroad at Tilden Park in the hills above Berkeley, California
INFO: began as private line in 1950s; now has over 10,000 feet of 7½-inch track; club allows steam locomotives only; public run days on two weekends each month  Riverside Live Steamers [est. 1966] in Riverside, California
INFO: operates on over 6300 feet of 7½" and 4¾" track; public run days one weekend per month; they also have a prototype caboose & boxcar  Sacramento Valley Live Steamers Railroad Museum [est. 1968, Golden Spike 1973] in Rancho Cordova, California
Southern California Live Steamers [est. 1942] in Torrance, CA
INFO: located on the beautiful 3200-acre Swanton Pacific Ranch owned by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo; equipment inckludes three 1/3-scale Pacific-type steam locomotives built for the 19-inch-gauge 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition and SP diesel switcher #502  Swanton Pacific Railroad [est. 1980s] in Davenport (Santa Cruz County), California
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swanton_Pacific_Ranch#Swanton_Pacific_Railroad
INFO: 15-inch-gauge private railroad on 4½ miles of track laid at a 4% grade that has 2 curved trestles, a bridge, a long concrete tunnel, and a 2-stall engine house; diesel-hydraulic-powered #89 is an 0-4-4T Forney-type 'steam' locomotive  privately-owned Trinity Alps Mountain Railroad [] near Trinity Center in Northern California
Ventura County Live Steamers [est. ??] in Ventura, California {website parked 2015}

Colorado Live Steamers (Bijou Creek & Western RR) [est. 1998]
Colorado Live Steamers (Bijou Creek & Western RR) [est. 1998] is located 40 miles east of Denver
INFO: the Tiny Town Railroad has 5/8 of a mile of 15-inch gauge track, and uses: coal-fired live steam 2-6-0 Mogul locomotive #10 'Cinder Belle'; propane-fired live steam 4-6-2 Pacific locomotive #22 'Occasional Rose'; F-3 model diesel-electric engine 'Molly'; F-7 model diesel-electric engine 'Betsy'; also Tiny Town is building a diesel-powered Mason-bogie 2-6-6 quasi-steam locomotive (2013)  Tiny Town Railroad [est. 1915; open May-Sept] 7 miles south & west of Morrison, Colorado

INFO: 7½" gauge railroad with 7,500 feet of mainline track and 7,300 feet in sidings and yards; also a 180-foot three-track loop of elevated Gauge 1 and G-Gauge track  Ridge Live Steamers [est. 1996] in Dundee, Florida

Great Lakes Live Steamers [est. 2002] in Michigan
INFO: 1/8-scale trains running on 7½-inch gauge track at two locations in Michigan  Great Lakes Live Steamers [est. 2002] in Michigan
INFO: approximately 5 miles of 7½" gauge main line track situated on 120 acres of private property  The White Creek Line Railroad [est. 1994] north of Grand Rapids in western Michigan

INFO: private 15" gauge railroad located in South Central Missouri between Steelville and St. James; not open to the public  Arborway, T.T. & Northwestern Miniature Railroad [] in South Central Missouri
INFO: over 1,000 feet of dual-gauge track (7½" and 4¾")  St. Louis Live Steamers (Flat Creek & Eureka RR) [est. 2005] in the City of Eureka, Missouri

Long Island Live Steamers [est. 1966] in Brookhaven, L.I., N.Y.
Northeastern Ohio Live Steamers [est. 1969] in Medina, Ohio + older Homestead site

INFO: 4,200 feet of 7½" track  Pacific Northwest Live Steamers at Molalla Train Park [est. 1954] in Molalla, Oregon
Southern Oregon Live Steamers [est. 1981] in Medford, Oregon
INFO: over 5000 feet of 7½" track; public run days on Sunday between Memorial Day and Labor Day  Willow Creek Railroad Museum [est. 1975] in Brooks (Salem), Oregon

GOLD STAR: over 36 miles of 7½" gauge track on 2,200 acres of pine forest  Train Mountain Railroad [est. 1987], 36941 So. Chiloquin Road in Chiloquin, Oregon
8/2012 video of Train Mountain Railroad [2:42] on YouTube
Friends of Train Mountain [est. 2007?]
Klamath & Western Railroad, Inc. [] located at Train Mountain

INFO: 3,200 feet of 1½" scale (7¼" gauge) track, 3,000 feet of 1" scale (4¾" gauge) track, an 800-foot multi-gauge loop, and a 219-foot dual-tracked Gauge 1 loop; full-size caboose on property  Pennsylvania Live Steamers [est. 1946] in Rahns/Collegeville, PA

INFO: operates on the privately-owned Eagle Point RR  Chattanooga [TN] Society of Model Engineers [est. 1998]
INFO: 7½-inch gauge railroad with over 14,000 feet of track covering close to 35 acres of wooded hillsides  privately-owned Eagle Point Railroad [est. 2000] near Dunlap, TN
INFO: 14,000 Feet of 7½" track with grades that reach 2.5%; full-size cupola caboose on the property  Mid-South Live Steamers [est. 1966] in Columbia, TN

Houston [TX] Area Live Steamers [est. 1992] in Hockley, Texas
Houston [TX] Small Scale Live Steamers []

INFO: 3,500 feet of 7½" gauge mainline; address given as either Burnt Chimney or Wirtz, some miles south of Roanoke; no official website found  Blue Ridge Live Steamers (Blue Ridge Railway) [est. 1977] in Franklin County, VA 24184

INFO: Town Center Park includes the original 1898 Great Northern depot and a Great Northern SD-9 diesel locomotive  Great Northern & Cascade Live Steamers [est. 12/2012] in Skykomish, WA
INFO: public run days are two Saturdays each month from April to October  Kitsap Live Steamers [est. 1990] in Port Orchard, WA
privately-owned Pacific Beach & Summit live steam railroad [est. 2004] on Whidbey Island, WA

Walt Disney's Railroad Story book by Michael Broggie  "Walt Disney's Railroad Story: The Small-Scale Fascination That Led To
A Full-Scale Kingdom" [1997] by Michael Broggie

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