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The IBLS wiki contains a wonderful number of standards for the home hobbyist to integrate into their designs in order to properly interchange with other equipment
Van Anderson
I feel it is my duty to pick my own brain and broadcast technical information that would be useful to others, thereby increasing the chances of prolonging The Hobby.
Paul C. Haar, former Secretary of the Northeastern Ohio Live Steamers
Post-graduates in Model Railroading are the "live steamers". This ambitious group build models from the base metal to realistic replicas actually operated by steam.
Victor Shattock


Carl Hoffman’s Thornridge Crescent ground level track in 1967. Photo courtesy of Bruce Hoffman.


Karl Friedrich article in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 13 March 1950, page 17. From

Bill Yoder's 3/4 inch scale registry is back with new updates!

Lone wolf Harry Heil featured on KSL

Print your own IBLS Wheel Gauge

Karl Friedrich completed his first live steam locomotive in 1925.

Albert Campbell started producing live steam locomotive casting kits in 1896!

Meg Steam - The REAL Story

Tom Thumb Railroads

The Brotherhood of Live Steamers is mentioned in an article "The Iron Hobby Horse" in the Saturday Evening Post.

The Hoffman Hudson Story

Bill Daney, Live Steam Pioneer

A visit to the Lakes Park Museum and Railroad in Florida

Using a Sagitta Rule to measure the radius of rail

Building and using the Charles Field Track Panel Jig

History and drawings for "Scotty" Light Mogul

Two Hudsons in Wisconsin

Good Ol' Days at the Windsor Ontario Live Steam Club

Steve Bratina rebuilding the Douglas Massie Northern

New! A comprehensive list of steam locomotive drawings

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A high-quality, 6 color patch commemorating the founding of the Brotherhood of Live Steamers by Carl Purinton in 1932. The patch is 3 inches high, 2.7 inches wide.

Only $5 each, includes postage. Click here to purchase

7.x Wheel Gauge

This 7.x inch gauge Wheel Gauge will make verification of your wheel profile easy. Measures flange, wheel angle, and Minimum Tire Width (TW). Printed in durable black plastic.

Only $2.50 each, includes postage. Click here to purchase

Regional IBLS Secretaries

Standards and Recommended Practice

This heavy Pacific 4-6-2 was built in 1936 by William L. Daney, Pueblo, Colorado.

Wandering Locomotive Books

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3/4 inch scale live steam model of a Union Pacific Challenger built by D. W. Massie of Montreal, Canada.

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