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Is it possible the founder of The International Brotherhood of Live Steamers would have embraced this medium had it existed in 1932? Carl Purinton surely would have set up a web site, don't you think?
John D. Atkinson
The late Carl Purinton when talking about his experiences on full sized steam locomotives once told me that "they run best when they are completely worn out.....but not quite!"
Keith Taylor
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

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Man attempts to break steam locomotive speed record

Did you know...Bill Van Brocklin built 41 locomotives, and they are numbered consecutively from #1 to #41?

The Martin Lewis Water Gauge

A Horizontal Steam Engine built by a Blacksmith in the 1860's? Read more...

RMI Railworks has released the RMI-25 Specification, which recommends using a taller flange for 2.5 inch and 3-3/4 inch scale equipment on 7.5 inch and 7.25 inch gauge track

Bill Yoder just released the latest edition of the 3/4 inch scale registry, which now totals 383 locomotives!

Kenneth V. Shattock, North American Secretary, passed away 6 May 2017

Injectors - A Blessing or a Curse?

Iron Colts in the Back Yard

New Wandering Locomotive Book: Jim Murray and MDM Locomotive Works

Did you know ... The 1972 Neiman Marcus Christmas Catalog featured a 7.5 inch gauge train set from Texas Railway Supply Inc?

Small Pressure Gauges

How to Form Brass Domes

Carl Purinton and B&M No 3240

Did you know...Jim Kreider's Atlantic was featured in a segment of the movie "The Jerk"?

Did you know...Kenneth Atkinson built the first model Electric/Hydraulic diesel locomotive prior to 1952?

Major Douglas T. Peck suggests how to "Get Started" in Live Steam

IBLS Patches

The NEW IBLS Patches have arrived!

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Regional IBLS Secretaries

Standards and Recommended Practice

Wandering Locomotive Books

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