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The International Brotherhood of Live Steamers promotes the "Live Steam" hobby in North America and abroad.


This wiki contains 974 articles.

I'd like to thank IBLS and its contributing members for the articles and information which have helped tremendously in guiding me along
Gary Kasper
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
I feel it is my duty to pick my own brain and broadcast technical information that would be useful to others, thereby increasing the chances of prolonging The Hobby.
Paul C. Haar, former Secretary of the Northeastern Ohio Live Steamers


3D Model of LBSC's Tich by Jim Mullner

Ken Rodig shared several articles and drawings from the Large Scale Model Railway Engineering newsletter

Chula Vista Live Steamers flood damage

Harry Coventry details how to build the 3/4 Pacific "George Washington"

Bill Yoder's 3/4 inch scale registry update for 2024

Nick Edwards' passing leaves a big hole in the Heart of Texas

Catalog #9 is now available from Superscale Locomotive Company

Arch Bar Trucks for 1/8 scale by Chuck Wischstadt

Saving the Ossipee Central Railway

Inspecting Rail for Wear

Jim Mullner shared more photos, video and design files for Henry Greenly's Hudson/Northern in 1.5 inch scale

8mm film of Stan Grigg's 1 inch scale Northern running on test stand in his basement

Gerry Stuteville's Automatic Air Brakes

Personal MOW

Chris Schieck shares home movies starring Carl Purinton, Harry Harvey, J.B. Squires and others

Building a 48 foot Tenneco Tank Car

Harry Heil completed a beautiful Casey Jones (Galloping Goose) from wood and steel

The Work of Henry Greenly

A comprehensive list of steam locomotive drawings

Click here for a comprehensive list of articles.

IBLS Store


A high-quality, 6 color patch commemorating the founding of the Brotherhood of Live Steamers by Carl Purinton in 1932. The patch is 3 inches high, 2.7 inches wide.

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

7.x Wheel Gauge

This 7.x inch gauge Wheel Gauge will make verification of your wheel profile easy. Measures flange, wheel angle, and Minimum Tire Width (TW). Printed in durable black plastic.

Only $2.50 each, includes postage. Click here to purchase

Regional IBLS Secretaries

Standards and Recommended Practice

This heavy Pacific 4-6-2 was built in 1936 by William L. Daney, Pueblo, Colorado.

Wandering Locomotive Books

Bill Van Brocklin and #28 on Carl Purinton's Boxford Outer Belt Railroad

Articles by Category

3/4 inch scale live steam model of a Union Pacific Challenger built by D. W. Massie of Montreal, Canada.

Articles of Interest


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