Bill Koster

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Bill Koster founded Koster's Miniature Railroad Supplies, Inc. He also built the Blue Ridge Summit Railroad.

The Gold Spike Ceremony of the Blue Ridge Summit Railroad, June 1, 1998. Left to right Bob Fink, Richard Fink, Bill Koster.


From the slipcover of Large-scale Model Railroading:

Model railroading in all scales has always been a hobby for Bill Koster. First introduced to Lionel trains as a child and then modeling in O, HO, OO, S and N gauges, Bill turned to 1-1/2" scale in 1962 by purchasing a pair of trucks. The trucks were used for a gondola, followed by a 4 wheel switcher. He started building his railroad in 1968 and started a business of supplying large-scale model railroad parts in 1970. His full-time occupation is as an electronics technician. Bill resides in Homestead, Florida with his wife Alice and their children, Warren and Candice.
William C. Koster, 1978, from slipcover of "Large-scale Model Railroading".

From Large-scale Model Railroading, page 3:

In 1962 there was no live steam club in the state of Florida. We were not aware of a publication that could assist us along the way. We had not even heard of the "Brotherhood of Live Steamers."

Tidbits From Chaski

Homestead Railroad

Footage of Bill Koster's Homestead track, along with some words from Bill

See Also

Florida Live Steamers Meet, November 1983