Mill Creek Central - Valley Division - II - back yard live steam track train locomotive railroad
More Mill Creek Central :
My 260 live steam locomotive on a nice scenic journey at Mill Creek
Central. This is part two: Valley division.
A lot of live steam action.
Two miles of track (half of total). Many buildings, side lines, geant yard.
One of the best in the nation.
Track is 7.5" gauge 1.5" scale.
2.5" Scale Live Steam Locomotive
A few clips of engineer Reid Sipe behind MiniAcres RR #5, a wood-burning
2.5" scale 7.5" gauge live steam locomotive. This was taken in Apex, NC on
April 24, 2009.
Live Steam Kid in HD
A friend's kid running my 0-6-0 Live Steamer (only after I've taken a test
lap myself on the rough, portable "lawn" track...) It's not often that I
get to be a passenger on my own train!
Here, in the beginning of the video, you can also see how easy it is to
transform one of my prototype-like wooden coaches to a passenger carrying
Also, some TIG welding of a truck for new rolling stock. Note how "clean"
TIG welding is - no smoke, sparks or slag - just melting and fusing the
steel pieces together...
Instead of subtitles, here's a short note about the audio:
At 1 min. 30 sec. or so we are talking about the water pumps and bypass
valves. I'm checking the water gauge, and my friend asks "Don't you trust
the pumps?" and I reply that I want to look at the setting of the bypass
valve. While TIG welding, I warn everybody not to look into the arc, and
that the video camera won't be damaged by it. When explaining to the older
boy how I am fusing the steel parts together, he replies, behind his mask:
"I can feel the heat"...
For more info about Live Steam, see my website:
Discover Live Steam Convention at Mill Creek Central
Two weekends ago, I attended the Discover Live Steam Convention at Mill
Creek Central 7.5 "Railroad. I had a blast!! There were so many different
cars, locomotives, and vendors there. Mill Creek has over three miles of
track and takes almost 45 minutes to make a full loop. The track has fully
functioning signals on it as well as several yards, a roundhouse, tunnels,
steep grades, and numerous sidings. I hope you enjoy my video!
Perrygrove Miniature Railway - Vintage Trains Afternoon - 24/09/11
As with last year, after visiting the Alan Keef Ltd Open Day we visited the
Perrygrove Miniature Railway for their vintage trains day. This was to be a
much bigger event than last year as there would be four steam locomotives
in service, three diesels and forty trains operating throughout the day on
their 1 1/2 mile return trip.
The locomotives operating were:
- 0-6-0T 'Spirit Of Adventure' built in 1993 by the Exmoor Steam Railway
- 0-6-0T 'Ursula' built in 1999 by James Waterfield, working the vintage
trains. (She had just been retubed and got her new boiler certificate the
- 2-6-2T 'Lydia' built in 2008 by Alan Keef Ltd
- 0-4-0+0-4-0 K1 Garratt built by the Bush Mill Railway (Unfortunately she
was later to fail and was taken back to the shed)
- 4wDH 'Jubilee' built in 1998 by Hunslet
- 0-4-0D 'Workhorse' built in 1963 by Motor Rail of Bedford
- 0-4-0D Lister Railtruck no.54181 built in 1964
Shots included in this video are:
- K1 rolling down the gradient heading to Perrygrove
- 'Ursula' charging up the 1:30 gradient from Heywood Station up to
- K1 moving off her train at Perrygrove to take on water, 'Jubilee' is
also seen whilst 'Workhorse' & the Lister Railtruck bring out the rail
train, K1 then moves off onto the opposite line to head back into the shed.
- 'Ursula' arriving into Perrygrove Station whilst 'Lydia' can be heard
charging up the gradient.
- 'Spirit Of Adventure' & 'Lydia' are seen rolling down the first of the
three long curves on the line after leaving Oakiron, afterwords 'Workhorse'
and the Lister Railtruck are seen heading the opposite way. They are then
seen returning under the footbridge.
- 'SoA' is seen climbing up the gradient. Then only just making it, seen
arriving into Oakiron Station then departing, only just making it again she
is seen through the trees rolling down to Perrygrove.
- 'Ursula' passing through Heywood Station then seen rolling down the
- 'Lydia' & 'SoA' climbing up the gradient to Oakiron.
- Back at Perrygrove 'Lydia' moves off to the shed and 'SoA' follows suit.
The two are seen with K1 outside the shed, being cleaned after a long days
- 'Ursula' is seen shunting stock for a train for railway staff and
family, then for the last time of the day is seen climbing up the gradient
once again. Then seen from the shed at Perrygrove (I was given permission
to step into the yard and take this shot).
Filmed on a Panasonic HDC-HS60 HD Camcorder
Live Steam Trains TCME Fall 2008 Blowdown Run
Get this video on DVD:
Steamers were out in full force for the Tonawanda Creek Model Engineers
Fall 2008 Blowdown Run!
Flintridge and Portola Valley Railroad Live Steam Denver & Rio Grande Narrow Gauge trailer (HD)
This is an extended trailer for my new documentary DVD and Blu Ray video
about an extensive private backyard railroad that models the Denver & Rio
Grande Narrow Gauge in 2 1/2" scale 7.5" gauge live steam. The video can
be ordered by visiting my website at http://www.mikemassee.com/ - the full
disc has several hours of programs and footage.
All programming is original and music licensed.
7 1/2" Gauge Model Railroad
Several clips set to music of multiple 1.5" scale 7.5" gauge diesel and
live steam locomotives taken on April 28, 2012 at a private track in Apex,
NC. The main locomotive shown is a wood burning 2.5" scale live steam
1/3 scale Darjeeling Himalayan Railway B-Class Steam Locomotive in 7.25" gauge
This beautiful locomotive was built by John Heald of Rotorua, New Zealand.
In this video we take the B-Class out for a typical day at the track,
including a sequence of loading the engine onto a custom made trailer towed
behind a Honda Jazz (Fit) with CVT. Then it's off to the beautiful River
Edge Park Railway in Whakatane, New Zealand. We also take a look at
stability of this remarkable locomotive under high speeds using on board
cameras. Special adjustable Danly coil springs prevent the locomotive from
porpoising; the leaf springs are dummy and just for show. Plans and
castings will be made available for this locomotive, if you are interested
check out our website at www.sonadaworks.com.