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Continuous Dedication to Live Steaming & Model Engineering Since 1936

2007 work day on the new tunnel

These are links that the reader might find of interest to the model engineering community or were passed on during some of our 'Bits and Pieces' seminars and club meetings.   If there is any link that might be a beneficial to add, is in error, is out-of-date or broken, please contact the web personr.

Live Steam Clubs

 Bitter Creek and Western

     2110 S. Halcyon Road

     Arroyo Grande, California


 Chula Vista Live Steamers 

 GN & C Live Steamers 

     Passenger Depot

     101 N 5th St

     Skykomish, WA




 Joshua Tree Southern 

 Kern County Live Steamers 

 Los Angeles Live Steamers 

 Maricopa Live Steamers 

    Mesa Grande Western RR

A private railroad in the Mojave desert near    

the community of Valyermo.  Owner is Bill   Semerau.


 Orange County Model Engineers 

     P O Box 3216

     Costa Mesa Orange County, California


 Portola Valley & Alpine Railroad 

     Redwood Empire Live Steamers

     Youth Community Park,

     1500 Fulton Rd

     Santa Rosa, California

 Riverside Live Steamers 

     1421 Iowa Avenue

     Riverside, California

 Sacramento Valley Live Steamers

     Box 273

     Rancho Cordova, California


 Southern Oregon Live Steamers 

     799 Berrydale Ave

     Medford, Oregon


 Train Mountain

     36941 S. Chiloquin Rd.
     PO Box 438
     Chiloquin, Oregon


 Truckee River Railroad

     Truckee Regional Park

     Box 3838

     Truckee, California


     (916) 716 7897


     Ventura County Live Steamers

     270 Mt View Ave

     Fillmore, California

     (805) 525-1278

Railroad/Non-Railroad Attractions

 Ardenwood Historic Farm 

    34600 Ardenwood Blvd.

    Fremont, CA


    (510) 544-2797

"A visit here is a journey back to the time of the 1850s Patterson Ranch--a prosperous, 19th-century country estate with a beautiful Victorian mansion and elaborate Victorian Gardens."  A full size Porter locomotive runs on the farm.

 Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad 

     Vasona Park,

     110 Blossom Hill Rd,

     Los Gatos, California


A locally operated 18" gauge non-profit organization for the enjoyment of the local


 California State Railroad Museum

     125 "I" Street

     Sacramento, California


Located in Old Sacramento, the California State Railroad Museum is a complex of historic facilities and unique attractions. Widely regarded as North America's most popular railroad museum, there is something here for everyone!  Throughout the year, experience lavishly restored trains, engaging exhibits, and unique special events.  Every weekend April-September, ride behind a real locomotive!

 Chaski Forum

A site dedicated to enthusiast of all skill levels and disciplines of the metal working hobby.

 Henry Ford Museum 

    20900 Oakwood Blvd.

    Dearborn, MI


Jim House visited the massive Allegheny mallet (2-6-6-2).   It was slightly slightly elevated which allowed the locomotive to be motorized and show the motions of the locomotive running gear.

 Jerimiah O'Brien steam ship 

    Pier 45,

    Fisherman's Wharf,

    San Francisco, California

"The SS Jeremiah O'Brien is one of two remaining fully functional Liberty ships of the 2,710 built and launched during World War II. The O'Brien has the distinction of being the last unaltered Liberty ship and remains historically accurate. Moored at Pier 45, Fisherman's Wharf, she is a premier San Francisco attraction."

 Knight Foundry 

    (PO Box 1392)

   81 Eureka Street

   Sutter Creek, California


The Knight Foundry, set in the heart of Sutter Creek, is America’s last water-powered foundry and machine shop. Established in 1873 by Samuel Knight, this extraordinary facility includes the unique historic equipment and machinery, still in place in its original context, just as it was during its gold rush-era heyday.

Knight Foundry is nationally recognized as a National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark and a California Registered Historical Landmark. The Foundry is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been named by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of America’s eleven most endangered historic places.

 Midway Carrier Museum 

    910 N. Harbor Drive

    San Diego, California


    (619) 544-9600

The USS Midway Museum is a 501(c)3 non profit organization established in 1992 to preserve the historic USS Midway and the legacy of those who served, inspire and educate future generations and entertain our museum guests.

 Museum of Science & Technology 

    5700 S. Lake Shore Drive

    Chicago, IL


Recommended by Mark Johnson, he highly enjoyed looking at the captured U505 German submarine housed within.


 Napa Wine Train 

     McKinstry Stree Station

     1275 McKinstry Stree

     Napa, California

The Napa Valley Wine Train provides a relaxing three-hour, thirty-six mile round-trip journey from the historic town of Napa, through one of the world's most well known wine valleys to the quaint village of St. Helena, and back.

 Nevada County Narrow Gauge 

 Nevada County NG Museum 

     5 Kidder Court

     Nevada City, California

The 'Never Come, Never Go' narrow gauge railroad was a 22-mile connection between Nevada City and Colfax, California in the gold country of California.  Visitors are offered a docent-lead historical tour of the museum, rail yard and restoration shop.

 Nevada Northern Railway 

     1100 Avenue A

     Box 150040

     Ely, Nevada 


"Rent a locomotive for a day and 'Work on 

the Railroad' programs on a full size 


 Niles Canyon Railway 

     Niles Station

     37001 Mission Blvd

     Fremont, California


The Pacific Locomotive Association, Inc. operates the Niles Canyon Railway as a living history museum interpreting the importance of our heritage railroads in the development of California and the nation.

 Northstar Mine Powerhouse Museum 

     10933 Allison Ranch Road,

     Grass Valley, California

     (530) 273-4255

"This historic site includes a fascinating exhibit of hundreds of Sierra Nevada gold mining artifacts, including a working Stamp Mill and Cornish Pump, the largest Pelton Wheel ever constructed."

 Oregon Railway Heritage Center 

    2250 WE Water Avenue

    Portland, Oregon


The ORHF mission is to secure a permanent home for the City of Portland’s steam locomotives and establish a Rail and Industrial Heritage Museum.  This is the home for the SP #4449, SP&S #700 & OR&N #197

 Roaring Camp 

     5401 Graham Hill Road

     Felton, California


Rail Excursions Await - The Redwood Forest Steam Train and the Santa Cruz Beach Train.

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania 

     Box 15

     Strasburg, Pennsylvania


The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania houses one of the most significant collections of historic railroad artifacts in the world.

 Railtown 1897 

    PO Box 1250

    18115 5th Avenue

    Jamestown, CA


    (209) 984-3953

"The Historic Sierra Railroad Shops and Roundhouse complex at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown is one of a very few survivors of its kind in North America."

 Red Oak Victory Ship Museum

     1337 Canal Blvd., Berth 6A

     Richmond, California


Welcome to SS Red Oak Victory, the historical World War II cargo Ship owned and maintained by the Richmond Museum of History.

 Samoa Cookhouse 

     908 Vance Avenue

     Samoa, California


Just minutes from Eureka, California, the Samoa Cookhouse, the last surviving cookhouse in the West, continues the tradition of serving lots of good food, lumber camp style!  After a hearty meal, take a step back in time;  Visit the Historic Logging Museum and gift shop full of relics and photographs from the old logging and Cookhouse days.


San Leandro Railway Museum 

The San Leandro Historical Railway Society (SLHRS) is housed in the San Leandro depot which was built in 1898 by the Southern Pacific Railroad to replace the original depot built by the Central Pacific Railroad in 1865. Construction of the HO scale model railroad display began in 1991. As with most model railroad displays, there is always more work to do. Per the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) Kalmbach Memorial Library, the SLHRS has the largest HO scale helix in the United States both in height and in diameter.

 Sierra Railroad 

    330 South Sierra Avenue

    Oakdale, California


The tourism aspect of this railway feature the Sierra Dinner Train, the Sacramento River Train, the Skunk Train and the unique Zombie hunting Train.

 Skunk Train 

     Willits Depot

     299 East Commerical Street

     Willits, California


One of the Most Scenic Railroads in North America, trips are offered from our two stations located at opposite ends of our railroad line in Fort Bragg and Willits.


Sturgeon's Mill 

     2150 Green Hill Rd.

     Sebastopol, California


Sturgeon's Mill Restoration Porject is a non profit organization to restore what is considered on of the last great saw mills of its kind since 1914.

 Swanton Pacific Railroad 

     299 Swanton Rd,

     Davenport, California

The railroad is located on the beautiful 3200-acre Swanton Pacific Ranch in Santa Cruz County.  The rolling stock consists of 3 one-third scale Pacific-type steam locomotives built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition and a diesel switcher.

 Trinity Alps Mountain Railroad 

    Trinity Center, Northern California

A marveleous 15" gauge private railroad that boasts 4 1/2" miles of track laid at a 4% grade that has 2 cureved trestles, a bridge, a long concrete tunnel and a 2-stall engine house.

Virginia and Truckee Railroad

     370 F Street
     Virginia City, Nevada

Nevada’s most famous short line, the Virginia & Truckee Railroad connects Carson City, Virginia City and Minden.

 Western Railway Museum 

     5848 State Highway 12

     Suisun City, California


Take a 10-mile electrically powered train trip through the peaceful, picturesque Montezuma Hills over the original historic main line of the Sacramento Northern Railway

 Yaquina Pacific Railroad Society 

    100 N.W. "A" Street

    Toledo, Oregon


The Yaquina Pacific Railroad HIstorical Society, chartered in 1993 as a chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, operate a railroad and logging Heritage Square in Toledo, Oregon


Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine RR 

     56001 Hwy 41

     Fish Camp, California


An exciting 4-mile railroad excursion at Yosemites Park's South gate on highway 41.  Ride into history where powerful locomotives once hauled massive log trains through the Sierra Mountains.

Machining and Welding


Silver Brazing Technical Aspects 

Sent in by Bernie New who found this link useful in learning about silver brazing.

 Welding Tips and Tricks 

Recommended by Rick Reaves, this series of YouTube videos by a gentleman with the handle of weldingtipsandtricks which when viewed might make you a better welder.

Miscellaneous Links

 Oracle Operating System "virtualizer" 

Recommend by Rich Lundberg, this application allows an earlier unmodified operating system & its environment like XP to run on a special environment on top of a current PC or mac operating system like System 7 at near host speed.

 Facts about Propane 

For those using or are thinking about using Propane to power their steam locomotives, here is a starting link providing some general information about this interesting fuel.

 Brief History of Home CNC Machines

For those interested in an introduction to home CNC machining history and what it is all about, this link is something which the membership might find interesting.

Vendors and Suppliers

80/20 Inc.

     1701 South 400 East

     Columbia City, IN 


The 'Industrial Erector Set' used by Charlie Reiter to construct his adjustable track 

stand.  See also 8020 and itemsoutheast

 A & K Enterprises

     23638 Lyons Avenue

     Newhall, Calif


Live steam and locomotive supplies for 3/4", 1", 1.5" and 2.5" scale including trucks, whistles, injectors, lubricators, blowdown valves, water gauges, water treatments, books and steam oil.

 Accucraft Ride-On Trains

     Accucraft Trains

     33260 Central Avenue

     Union City, Calif


4.75", 7.5" gauge steam locomotives, rolling stock, accessories and parts.

 Adirondack Car & Foundary 

"Our company has industry leading experience in pattern making, industrial archeology, 3D CAD design, rapid prototyping, 2D CAD, resin casting, restoration project management, and much more. Our hands-on experience goes back over 20 years!"

 AJ Reeves

    AJ Reeves Appleby Hill

    CV9 3ER Austrey

    Warwickshire England

"Widely accepted as being the world's 

largest stockist of model enginering supplies."

 Allen Models of Nevada

    Box 848

    Gardnerville, Nevada


New owner Steve Alley now supplies Gene Allen plans and parts for 1.5" scale Wabash mogul, Chloe plantation engine, ten wheeler, consolidation, Fitchburg Northern and others.

 Alumilite Corporation

     315 E. North St.

     Kalamazoo, MI 


Silicon mold making rubber & urethane casting resins.

 American Model Engineering Supply

     800 Valastics Ave.

     Valparaiso, Florida 


Nuts & bolts, live steam fittings and supplies including new MTP taps & dies, pressure/

water gauges, lubricators, model hex bolts/

nuts, valves & MTP fittings, oilers, grease cups, unions. Noteworthy is the supply of model hex bolts/nuts.

 BHJ Bay City Screw & Bolt Co. 

     37530 Enterprise Ct

     Newark, California


     (510) 797-1562

A hard-to-find source of fasteners used by Ken Brunskil.  Similar to Bowlin Equipment of Berkeley, California or Harrison & Bonini or R.J. Leahy Co. of San Francisco, California.

 Blackgates Engineering 

     Unit 1 Victory Court

     Flagship Square

     Shaw Cross Business Park


     WF12 7TH

     United Kingdom 

Suppliers to Model Engineers of Drawings, Castings, Tools & Materials

 Bolt Depot 

   100 Research Road

   Hingham, MA 02043


Bolt Depot is an internet fastener retailer. In the tradition of the old hardware store, Bolt Depot maintains its family owned atmosphere and commitment to service while offering our complete catalog of fasteners online.  

 Bob Dean Supplies 

     2624 Hanson Street

     Fort Myers, Florida


     (800) 282-8378

Reflex sight gauge for steam boilers and Box-pok drivers for sale

Bowlin Equipment (fasteners)

     1107 10th Street

     Berkeley, California

     (510) 527-8282

Highly recommended by Rich Lundberg as a hard-to-find source of fasteners.  Similar to BHJ Bay City Screw & Bolt Co of Newark, California or Harrison & Bonini or R.J. Leahy Co. of San Francisco, California.

 Branchline Products

"1.5" - 1' Narrow Gauge Scale Detail Parts For the Discriminating Live Steam Modeler."

 Budget Casting Supply LLC

     20811 Upper Hillview Dr.

     Sonora, Calif


Foundry Supplies for industry and hobby .

 Cannonball Scale Rail Products

     11501 E. Waterloo Rd.

     Arcadia, OK


"Cannonball ... Your 1.5", 7.25" and 7.5" gauge manufacturer and supplier of model railroad.  Over 20 years experience and 

200 products available.  Locomotives, 

freight cars, trucks, couplers, rail & railroad building supplies."

 CoKid Supply Cleco Fasteners

     768 S Blakeland Dr

     Pueblo West, CO 


Clecos and cleco accessories (sheet metal clamps).

 Crenshaw Locomotive Works

     Box 1775

     Waskom, TX 



1.5"/1.6" scale locomotive, trucks, cars, rail, rolling stock.

 Create Tool 

    702#, 15 Building, 3th block,

    Golden Harbor,

    Economical & Development Zone,

    Wuhan, Hubei Province

Used and recommended by Bob Cohen, this is a  company who has three generations research on toolholders and have licence of import & export from Wuhan China Bureau of Commerce.  Fine quality, competitive cost & great service.

 Dave Moore's Live Steam Catalog

     4186 La Canada Rd.

     Fallbrook, Calif


"I sell kits for 1.5" to the foot through 1.6" to the foot scale live steam models.  Each kit comes with unmachined castings, drawings and specialty components.  Kits include cold water pump, heater tops, hot water pump, Alco power reverse gear, butterfly fire door and air compressor dummy. "

 Discover Live Steam

Live Steam & Diesel Model Railroading newsletter.


     4992 Allison Parkway Suite G

     Vacaville, Calif


"Electronica" line of Digital Readouts for 

mill drills and lathes.

 Executive Model Design 

    310 Jefferson Park Drive,

    Pataskala, Ohio


Very similar to the offering of PM Research.

Parts and components for the stationary engines and live steamers.


     1055-A S. Melrose St.

     Placentia, Calif


"We specialize in miniature hobby screws in metric and standard sizes and have a wide variety of materials from anodized aluminum, stainless steel, plated and alloy steel screws to nylon and titanium."

 Fastener Superstore 

    2715 Curtiss Street

    Box 854

    Downers Grove, Illinois


"Fastener Buying Made Simple

The Fastener Superstore is your one stop shop for nuts, bolts, washers, rivets, standoffs and more! We have everything you need right here.

34,000+ Distinct Parts

All Pricing Online

No Registration Required

Same Day Shipping on Most Orders

Order online, via phone, email or fax Extended Customer Service Hours (7am-7pm CT)

Quotes Available for Larger Quantities


     250 Gibbs Road

     Islandia, NY 


"Virtually perfect replica casting of internal and external forms with flexbar Reprorubber, the Flexbar Tirga-bore, Flexbar Posiitioning System and the Flexbar Visorguard ."

 Franklin Automatic Machine Co.

     Box 1975

     Brentwood, Tennessee 


Locomotive class lamps/flags rotating caboose marker lamps, tender marker lamps 1.5" scale, electric style, assembled and ready-to-use, 12 volts.


Freeman Manufacturing & Supply Co

     1101 Moore Road

     Avon, Ohio 


"North America's largest materials supplier 

to anyone making parts, patterns, tools or molds."

 Friends Yankee Shop Models

     96 Cummings Park

     Woburn, Mass 


"Providing Traditional 'Rough Castings' and Hand-Drawn Blueprints for Small-Scale, 

Coal-Fired Live Steam Locomotives."

 Gorilla Metals, Inc 

     2301 Industrial Prkway West

     Unit 4

     Hayward, California

     (510) 259-0299

     705 Comstock Street,

     Unit A

     Santa Clara, California

     (408) 654-0500

"Gorilla stocks stainless, aluminum, brass, copper, cold rolled, alloy, and mild steel in tube, sheet, plate, bar and pipe.  We can source any hard to find alloys for you as well."

 Green Velvet Steam Lubricants

     Box 1118

     Fall City, Wa 


Sapon-A-max steam cylinder oil, PB&J220 pin, bearing & journal oil.

 Grizzly Tools

     1821 Valencia St.

     Bellingham, WA 


"Since our inception in 1983, Grizzly Industrial®, Inc. has grown into one of the largest machinery companies in the United States."

 Harbor Freight Tools

"Quality tools at ridiculously low prices and the largest tool and equipment retailer in the U.S.A."

 Harrison and Bonini (fasteners) 
     1122 Harrison St
     San Francisco, California
     (415) 861-8300

Used by Charlie Reiter as his source of hard-to-find fasteners.  Similar to BHJ Bay City Screw & Bolt Co. of Newark, California or Bowlin Equipment of Berkeley, California

 Hoosier Pattern Company 

     906 N 10TH St.

     Decatur, IN 46733

     (260) 724-9430

Used by Anthony Duarte, they described themselves as: "Since opening its doors Hoosier Pattern has seen continual growth in the pattern making business. Known for its reputation of quality workmanship and commitment to 'On Time Delivery,' HPI has gained recognition as a premier pattern shop."

 Industrial Metal Supply

     5150 S. 48th Street

     Phoenix, AZ 


'Industrial Metal Supply Company (IMS) is 

a full line metal distributor serving Southern California and Arizona metal users in Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County, Inland Empire and Phoenix.'

 K&H Metals

     2727 Main Street

     Riverside, Calif


"We're more than just metals; Service first, since 1941."

Little Engines of California 

        now The Locomotive Works

     Russell Stewart

     439 Georgetown Road

     Georgetown, Pa 


1/4", 1/2", 3/4" and 1" scale castings.

 Little Locos 

     LittleLocos Model Engineering

     411 N. Colonial Dr.

     Hagerstown, MD


A family owned business that sell plans & castings for model stationary IC, hot air, glow plug engines. They also sell charts for machinist and model engineers.

 Keim Steam Pumps

"To provide the practical live steamer operating accessories that are realistic, dependable, and cost effective."

 Lawn Tracks 

     Christopher Machine Mfg.

     17877 St. Clair Ave.,

     Cleveland OH,


     Call: 216 383-9199

"Lawntracks providing kids and adults a way to enjoy the great hobby of live back yard railroads with our riding rail kits that you can ride on.

Check out our products and start enjoying model railroading.  Take a look at the power chassis page for our selection of power chassis that you can use to do it your self.

Or if you want something ready to ride out of the box, take a look at the locomotive page, our engines has proved strong and reliable, racking up many miles.

With the controls it is extremly easy to use, everyone can enjoy the thrill of riding trains."

 Little Machine Shop

     396 W. Washington Blvd. #500

     Pasadena, Calif


"The premier source of tooling, parts and accessories for bench top machinists."

Live Steam Hobbiest

     300 E. Sherman

     Newberg, Oregon



Useful products for the live steam hobbiest.  Email them to find out what is available.

 Live Steam Locomotives

     Roger Goldmann

     413 Morrison Lane

     Santa Paula, Calif


"Live Steam Locomotives is your hobby supplier for precision 7.25" - 7.5" gauge locomotives, including the Union Pacific Challenger, the only articulated live steam model on the market.   We also have an extensive collection of reproduction locomotive and tender drawings from railroads of the live steam era."

 Live Steam Models

     Unit 7, Dept IN

     Old Hall Mills

     Little Eaton

     Derby DE21 5EJ

     United Kingdom

"Live Steam Models is an established 

family-run business offering complete 

traction engineering capability for today's enthusiast."

Offerings include valves, water pressure gauges, displacement & Foster lubricators, oilers & grease cups, whistles & sirens, injectors, unions & nipples, rivets, screws 

and bolts.

 Live Steam Magazine

     Box 639

     Traverse City, Michigan 


Home of Live Steam & Outdoor Railroading, Machinist's Workshop, Home Shop 

Machinist magazines.

 Loco Parts

     1471 Spring Meadow Lane

     Suffolk, Va 


Globe and angle steam valves, boiler check valve, whistles, sight glass, whistle, blow down valve, lubricator, mogul tender kit.

 Lost & Foundry

     1318 E. Nebraska Ave

     Spokane WA 


"This site is designed to inspire you to get started casting just like in a foundry."

 Mammoth Locomotive Works

     375 Troyer Avenue

     Palisade, CO 


Parts and plans for a 7.5" gauge mogul, 

2.5" scale C 16, 2-8-0, 0-4-0, 30-ton Davenport switcher and some 1.5" accessories.

 Martin Model & Pattern 

    Box 1342

    Scappoose, Oregon


Many stationary and tool castings such as the Quorn, stationary pillar, die filer and strong arm shaper and many more.


     P.O. Box 4355

     Chicago, IL 


"490,000 products for your business and hobby."

 Mesa Tool

     P.O. Box 299

     Eagle Point, OR 


"Mesa Tool designs & manufactures tooling for the machinist with durability & simplicity 

in mind."

 Metal Lathe Accessories 

    Box 88

    Pine Grove Mills, PA


    (814) 234-3543

Machine-it-yourself kits for a wide variety of lathe accessories, primary to fit the 9"-10K South Bend lathes.  Detailed drawings and clear instructions included with each kit, as well as fast, friendly service from owner Andy Lofquist.  Items include flat cross slide with T-slots (also one for the Atlas/craftsman lathe), milling attachment, and other toolings.  Projects include a small diesel model and filing machine.

 Metal Supermarkets

     520 Abilene Drive, 2nd Floor

     Mississauga, Ontario L5T 2H7  

Metal Supermarkets is the world’s largest supplier of small quantity metals.

 Micro Fasteners

     24 Cokesbury Rd Ste 2,

     Lebanon, New Jersey 


"Affordably priced socket screws, machine screws, locknuts, washers, sheetmetal or 

self tapping screws, wood screws, other fasteners and related items in US and 

metric sizes."


     340 Snyder Avenue

     Berkeley Heights, NJ 


Specializing in Tools and Accessories for 

the Model Craftsman.

 Miracle Graphics

     2834 Midway Rd

     Shady Dale, Georgia 


Graphics and Decals for the large scale 

train modeler.

Steve Morris

     421 N. Sheldon St.

     Charlotte, MIchigan 


1.5" ready-to-roll EMD diesel locomotive, 

40' gondolas, box cars.

 Mountain Car Company

     219 Rowan Street

     Salem, Virginia 


"Mountain Car Company was formed in 

1983 as a one man operation with the idea 

of manufacturing reasonably priced 1.5" 

Scale Train Cars that looked good and preformed well.  The company has 

expanded with people and equipment while we have designed, developed, machined 

and manufactured our way into becoming a large supplier of 1/8 scale train products."

 MSC Industrial Supply Co.

     75 Maxess Road

     Melville, New York 


"MSC Industrial Supply is one of the nation's largest direct marketers of a broad range of industrial products to industrial customers, satisfying their maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) supply requirements."

Murray Design & Manufacturing

     1931 NE 69 St.

     Oklahoma City, OK 


"We supply 1.5" scale, electric powered, diesel locomotive models, power trucks, and accessories for the large scale backyard railroad hobby, AKA the live steam hobby.  We primarily model locomotives built by the Electromotive Division of General Motors Corp. though many of our parts and accessories may be used to model diesel locomotives built by other manufacturers.  

Our models are built to the scale of 1.6" to

the foot and to a track gage of either 7.25" 

or 7.5"."

Naylor Steel

    2680 McCone Avenue

    Hayward, California


    1 510 783-4688

Recommended by several members as a source for metal.  From their web site:

"Naylor Steel has been serving the Bay Area since 1957!  We are a customer service orientated company where the customer comes first.  Al Naylor and his son Richard Naylor started a second hand store at 941 W. A Street in Hayward CA selling used tools and machinery.  The company saw a need for small amounts of steel.  The business took off and began to grow.  In 1989 Naylor Steel moved to our current location and has been serving the Bay Area ever since.  Richard's daughter Lori Naylor joined her family business in 1988."

 New West Live Steam 

     Box 1

     Benalto, Alberta TOM OHO


"New West's mission is to provide a service to anyone who would like to own and operate their own steam locomotive, traction engine or stationary engine but who doesn't have the 

time or resoures to build it themselves."

 OMW Corporation 

    21 Pamaron Way,  Ste. G

    Novato, California


"Ball Turner and other hard-to-find tools"

     1138 W. Ewing Street

     Seattle, WA 


"The Web's superstore for small quantity metal orders welcomes you to explore exceptional metals sales and service from metal buyer's guides, to metal project ideas.  At, no order is too small 

for our high standards."

 Pattons Metal Working Solutions

     1095 E. California Street (P.O. Box 273)

     Ontario, Calif


"Patton's has four divisions, Steel, Industrial Tools and Machinery, Ornamental Supplies and Office Furniture."

 Penn Keystone Coal Company

     RD 1 

     Box 557

     Claysburg, PA 


Pocahontas Live Steam coal is $15.00 for a 50 lb bag plus shipping.

Ed Perry

     Box 455

     Five Points, California 


"Custom boilers to your blueprints."

 Plasma Cam 

    5112 Graneros Rd

    Box 19818

    Colorado City, Colorado


    (719) 676-2700

Located in Colorado, PlasmaCAM, Inc. specializes in making this one CNC plasma cutting machine.  Design of the revolutionary PlasmaCAM cutting system begain in 1994.  It quickly became the world's best selling automated plasma cutting machine.

 Plum Cove Studios

     19.Linwood Place

     Gloucester, Massachusetts 


Battery powered 7.5" gauge box electric locomotives including battery powered DRG&W Goose kit.

 PM Research 

    4110 Niles Hill Rd

    Dept 4.

    Wellsville, New York


Model boilers, model machine tools, solar engine models, steam engine models and their accessories; Model pipe & fittings, flywheel castings, rod & shapes, tools, popular books & misc.  Noteworthy is a tree 

of model pipe castings and globe valve kit 

of 4.

 Precision Steel Car

     6655 Ashe Knoll

     Hamilton, OH


1/8 Scale Train Car Kits and Accessories.

 RailDriver Cyclopedia

     A Division of P.I. Engineering

     101 Innovation Parkway

     Williamston, MI 


"These historic cyclopedias, now available 

on CD, provide the dedicated modeler or railroading fan with hundreds of pages that are filled with scaleable high-resolution images and searchable text."

 Rail Rider Supply

     8244 Allport Ave,

     Santa Fe Springs, Calif


Model gas powered speeders, wheels, cars, train parts.

 Railroad Supply Corporation

     12 Westray Road

     Nashua, New Hampshire 


Products include Central Pacific American No. 173, B&O C16 and C16A, Baldwin 

Mogul & Consolidation, SD & GP diesels, 

25-ton diesel switcher.

 Railroad Warehouse

     59 Miles Road, Unit A

     Mound House, NV 


"We specialize in Live Steam Locomotives and Accessories for the Live Steam Hobby."

This is the link to the LS Manufacturing mentioned on the web site.

 Real Trains

     32215-D Dunlap Blvd

     Yucaipa, Calif


Beginners train set, locomotive, car and 


 Ridge Locomotive Works

     9961 Buck Rd.

     Freeland, Michigan

Marty Knox offers the live steamer complete boiler services including design, build, inspect and repair.

 Rizzoli Locomotive Works

Builders of custom steam whistles.

 R. J. Leahy Co. (Fasteners) 

     1475 Yosemite Avenue 

     San Francisco, California


     (415) 861-7161

Brass and copper sales, fasteners of all kinds Contact Karen or Russell.  Suggested by Michael Smith. R.J. Leahy is similar to BHJ Bay City Screw & Bolt Co of Newark, California, Bowlin Equipment of Berkeley, California or Harrison & Bonini or R.J. Leahy Co. of San Francisco, California.

 Roll Models, Inc.

     760 W. Ventura Blvd

     Camarillo, Calif


7.5", 12", 15" gauge steam, propane, gas-powered locomotives, rolling stock, accessories, parts, tracks, signals and miscellaneous items.

Round House

     Box 821

     Midway City, California 


Bettendorf Trucks

 Scale Products Company

     7054 C.R. 521

     Bayfield, Colorado 


Signals & Structures, all scales, all types.


     44 W 28th St, Floor 12

     New York, New York


Cast detail parts for the 3/4", 1" and 1.5"/1.6" scale modelers.  A division of Keim Steam Pump to deliver highly detailed and functional castings for your steam locomotive.

They also provide a service to produce 3D objects from customer designs.

 Sharpen Up 

A web site that has product reviews about knives, sharpeners, stones, swords, workshop and garden.  It has guides & articles that can be download and their creed is to offer an honest opion on each piece of equipment based on quality, price, functionality and ease of use.  The areas of interest for us would probably be in the workshop page.


Shay Locomotives Castings and Drawings

     Ken Schroeder

     1016 Irma Lane

     Gardnerville, NV 


1.5" scale castings for class 'B' 2-truck or class 'C' 3-truck shay.

Shooting Star Technology

     52023 Yale Road

     Rosedale, BC Canada

Digital Read Out display for mill drill or 


 Slater Tools -- Rotary Broaching 

     44725 Trinity Drive

     Clinton Township, Michigan 


Slater Tools Inc. offers the largest variety of internal and external rotary broaches, also known as wobble broaches.

 Solid Design

     8005 Ore Knob Drive

     Fenton, MI 


Custom decals & paint masks, patterns for castings, engraved builder's and number plates. Also 2.5" scale hoppers, flat cars, 

tank cars, box cars and cabooses.


SteamCad is a collection of free AutoCad© Line Drawings of steam locomotives and tenders.

 7.25 Inch Gauge Society

     Staverton Court,

     Staverton, Cheltenham, GL51 0UX

"The Society is established for the purpose 

of promoting 7¼" and 7½" gauge railways, 

in particular to meet for rallies, publish a magazine, improve liason with the trade and to undertake such activities as may from 

time to time be incidental and conducive to the attainment thereof."

Stephenson Machine Industries

     1090 NE Delta School Road

     Lee's Sumimit, Mo 


Bettendor Trucks for 7.25" or 7.5" gauge track.

 Stuart Models 

     Grove Works

     West Road

     Bridport DT6 5JT

     United Kingdom

"We offer sets of castings, machined kits and ready to run models, catering for modellers, collectors or simply those individuals with an eye for great quality.

Allowing you to machine your own model steam engine our sets of castings come with drawings, with the majority of kits including necessary materials and fixings. For those who do not have their own workshop or machinery we also have a selection of Machined Kits turned, threaded and milled ready for you to finish the model with no more than a set of spanners, small files, screw driver and paint brush.

Established in 1898, Stuart Models is the oldest company in the world committed to providing you with a great range of model steam engines. Our founding principles of quality, service and commitment, very much to this day remain a key focus of our business."

 Taig Tools 

     12419 E. Nightingale Lane

     Chandler, Arizona


"Taig Micro Machines and Accessories"

Tanksi Model Engineering

     8927 Notre Dame Drive

     Eden, New York 


3/4" Scale Raritan drawings and casting.

 Tejas Smokers

     Box 4158

     Houston, Texas 


Propane ring burners for the firebox of boilers.

 Tower Electric Motor 

     48621 Warm Srpings Blvd

     Fremont, California

Found by Rich Croll, who was looking for a device to help him rerail a derailed locomotive, they sell a 2.5/5 ton hydraulic Toe Jack which seems ideal.  Very substantial & heavy duty, the price seems quite reasonable.

Much better than a scissors jack.

 Tormach PCNC Mills

     204 Moravian Valley Rd

     Suite N

     Waunakee, WI


"With more than half a ton of iron behind it, the PNCN 1100 Series 3 has the precision and rigidity you need.  Whether your work requires milling intricate linkages, heavy casting or complex 3 dimensional reproductions, this 3 axis CNC mill is ready when you are."

 Train Web 

"The Ultimate Steam Page"  -  Steam locomotive Information Resource

 Travers Tool Co. 

    PO Box 541550

    26th Avenue

    Flushing, New York


A metalworking tools & industrial supplies company like MSC or Enco.  Has the 

Mitee-Bite 5C Collet Stop Model #10105, Order number 69-600-020; $27.49 for a 24” long piece.

 Triton Waterjet

     Box 6827

     Napa, California


Waterjet service used by members to cut 

out locomotive frames.

 Tusco Casting Corp. 

    934 E. Victor Rd.

    P.O. Box 537

    Lodi, CA 95241

    (209) 368-5137 or (800) 368-5140

Used by member Loren Byron to cast a production run of tractor tread shoe plates, this is a "Manufacturer of Steel, Stainless Steel, Aluminum and Cast Iron castings. We specialize in castings ranging from 1oz. to 100lbs.  Some of the services offered; Machining, Heat Treating, Plating, Painting & Testing."  

They don't do "one-offs", so this might not be something that a live steamers could utilize.

 Winton Locomotive Company

     See Mammoth Locomotive Works

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