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The History and Future of Live Steam

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Does BLS not mean also "Bless Live Steamers"?
Charles S. Purinton
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?
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



A visit to Carl Purinton's basement

Tom Bee shows how to build a simple and sturdy frame for rail cars

Drawing for Tom Bee's track warp detection gauge

Ralph W. Andres describes how to simulate non-skid step surfaces

Bill Van Brocklin's Roller Engine Test Stand

Bill Yoder's 3/4 inch scale registry has grown to 484 entries in 14 files!

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!

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?

IBLS Patches

The NEW IBLS Patches have arrived!

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

Regional IBLS Secretaries

Standards and Recommended Practice

Wandering Locomotive Books

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