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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



Elevation and Specifications for Bill Van Brocklin's Amabelle

Live Steam in 1/240th Scale

Frank Mann built two 1.5 inch scale locomotives, and doubled headed with them (by himself!)

Ever opened the throttle and nothing happens? Jeff Frost describes what to do when Stuck on Dead Center!

Bill Yoder's 3/4 inch scale registry has grown to 457 entries in 14 files! Take a look, very interesting...

Miniature Railway Development in Great Britain

FA1 Mechanical Green Monster

Ed Hume just released his new book "A Climax Class A Live Steam Locomotive Model"

JJ Gould makes the first run on the new track of the Huron Valley Live Steamers

Daris Nevil assumes role of IBLS Secretary, North American Region

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

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

Injectors - A Blessing or a Curse?

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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