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.
Swanton Pacific Railroad Live Steam 19" gauge
Swanton Pacific Railroad owned by Cal Poly University, featuring Pacifics
built by Louis MacDermot for the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition in San
Francisco, CA. Now residing in Swanton, CA on the former ranch of Al
Smith, proprietor of Orchard Supply Hardware.
Bitter Creek Narrow Gauge Meet 2008
It's a big country! 2 1/2" and 3 3/4" scale live steam locomotives on the
finest private track in California. HD version:
How to Fire A Live Steam Ruby
This video explores the basic concepts and methods to operate a Live Steam
Ruby from Accucraft. Many of the ideas are central to all live steam
locomotives in this scale and can be applied to other engines.
Although I have customized my Ruby you will find that it still has the same
concepts as a basic as-shipped Ruby from Accucraft.
Emphasis is placed on good preparation and we explore the materials needed
for a successful run of a live steam locomotive.
Each item and method mentioned has a reason for it such as there is a
reason that I put the steam oil in before the boiler water and I actually
have 5 or more brands of steam oil. The reasons for or against any
particular item or order of operations are beyond the scope of this
introductory video. If you have specific questions please ask them in the
comments section below. Perhaps, based on feedback, we may make future
videos that will explore some of these topics in greater detail.
Again, these discussions are purposely left out of this video to keep it on
topic with an introductory How-To guide. If you have years of experience
and own a dozen locos I would not be surprised to hear that you have
developed your own methods, but his video is intended for the newcomer.
As with all How-To videos on the Internet you are advised to take all
precautions necessary and that we are not liable for any damages that may
occur due to operation of any live steam locomotive. Always follow your
locomotive's directions from its manufacturer in order to continue to
receive support from them.
Steam in the Rockies - Eureka & Palisade 4-4-0 #4 on the Durango & Silverton
Now available on Blu-ray & DVD: Steam in the Rockies Vol. 1 - The Durango &
Eureka and Palisade 4-4-0 #4 runs for possibly the last time during the
2012 Railfest on the Durango and Silverton. An authentic 1875 Baldwin
built wood-burner, the 'Eureka' was lovingly restored to operation in 1991
by owner Dan Markoff. In 2013 the locomotive will be due for its FRA 15
year / 1472 day inspection and may not operate in Colorado again.
August 17-19, 2012
Mini Acres RR - 7.5" guage locomotive
This was the first locomotive tested on the first section of track at Mini
Acres RR. The locomotive is a 1.5" scale 7.5" gauge diesel replica powered
by a gasoline engine over hydraulic system. In this clip you can see this
diesel being driven on about 700' of completed track including a pass
through a 120' tunnel.
Live Steam 2.5"/foot RGS 2-8-0 #41
This is a simply gorgeous 7-1/2 " gauge (scaled to 3'...)model of RGS #41.
It is coal fired so it smells as good as it looks! And it is HUGE!
Scaling the 7-1/2" track to 3' gauge means the engine is 2-1/2" to the foot
scale, rather than the typical[-for std. gauge] 1-1/2" . It was built by
Ken Burns, the Beards and others at the Salinas Valley Model Railroad Club.
Live steam RGS Rio Grande Southern #41 narrow gauge 2-8-0
5 inch gauge near Bath
Footage of the running weekend at a private track near Bath. A big thank
you to Nigel and family for putting all of us up for the weekend.
SUGAR CANE NARROW GAUGE TRAIN, MAUI vs KLR650
A rare view of an ancient Narrow Gauge oil burnin' steam locomotive as we
race the "Sugar Cane Train" on Maui on the KLR650 at a whopping 10 mph as
she lets off some steam.
Interview with the first female engineer to run the train.
A look behind the scenes back at the shop to see what it takes to keep a
small railroad going.
TTOS-SVD members visit Dean Busick's O-gauge layout - November 2, 2013
Many members of the Sacramento Valley Division of the Toy Train Operating
Society have home train layouts and interesting train collections.
Occasionally a visit to a member's layout is arranged, usually following
one of the monthly division meetings.
Visiting these layouts, whether large or small, provides an excellent
opportunity to enjoy operating toy trains while sharing ideas about
construction and modeling techniques in a relaxed setting.