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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
Look up IBLS. It's the NMRA of large scale.
John Doyle
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


Arthur Wegner running his 3.5 inch gauge 4-4-2 Atlantic loco at J. B. Squires' track, Colorado Springs, CO, June 1961. Photo by Ken Scheer.


Tipsico Lakeshore Railroad sanders

Caboose MOW Riding Car

The Rattle and Ruin Railroad

Dick Poole just completed another SD-45

Bill Van Brocklin's No 8 Under Steam Again!

August 31, 2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of the first Live Steam Meet in Texas

Check out Dick Poole's PRR Hopper Car. Its for sale!

New photos of The Little Texas & Pacific Sunshine Special

Haskins Shops Airslide Hopper

Jeffrey G. Hook has provided an additional spreadsheet documenting a Water Gauge height locating method by Lima

Bill Yoder's 3/4 inch scale registry has grown to over 558 entries in 15 files!

Jeffrey G. Hook has provided a spreadsheet for calculating the maximum grade for a steam locomotive.

Tinkerbell scale flatcar for hauling giants!

Bill Dykeman's York Central Railway: Steam on Prince Edward Island

Laverne Langworthy and his Hudson

Wulf-Dieter Oil Burner

Daris Nevil reports on the Waushakum Live Steamers Fall Meet 2018

Art Downer’s propane-fired Consolidation is a real workhorse. It operated for several hours straight each day hauling passengers. Waushakum Live Steamers, August 2018.

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IBLS Patches

The NEW IBLS Patches have arrived!

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Regional IBLS Secretaries

Standards and Recommended Practice

Jason Adams at the throttle, Annetta Valley & Western RR, about 1977. The lettering was all hand painted, including the mural on the headlight, by former Disney artist "Hoppy".

Wandering Locomotive Books

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Bill Van Brocklin's No 8 3/4 inch scale locomotive, fired by Pat Fahey at Waushakum Live Steamers.