5 Great Live Steam Videos

5 Great Live Steam Videos

Live steam – large scale model trains that use actual working model steam locomotives – is one of the most amazing aspects of the world’s greatest hobby. When most think of live steam they are thinking about 5” or 7.5” gauge trains, though there are a variety of live steam scales, from small G scale up to 20” gauge. Even when using model diesel locomotives, they are often lumped into the “live steam” tag.

These types of model trains are extremely realistic in appearance and are so powerful that they can actually haul adult passengers! The operator often actually sits on the tender of the steam engines or the model diesel and operates it while riding.

If you want to get into live steam modeling, there are clubs all over the world. Contact one in your local or regional area and find out what you might do get into the hobby.

Here are 5 great live steam videos, now, to whet your appetite! Enjoy!

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This 30+ minute long video is the Live Steam Railroad – Mill Creek Central. Watch as operators and enthusiasts run trains, shunt cars in a small yard, and haul passengers around the tracks.

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This video from Swanton Pacific Railroad Live Steam 19″ gauge is only 5 ¾ minutes, but is spectacular because it features huge 19” gauge (1/3 scale) locomotives. This is one of the largest live steam models around and sounds like the real deal as it chugs along.

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The amazing backyard railroad of Jim Sabin – full HD program features a 4 ¾” gauge train, along with an interview with owner/builder Jim Sabin. This is an amazing little live steam model in the middle of a suburban residential area. The video is 16+ minutes of fun and information.

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This 19 minute video of Whiskey River Railway Day 2014 features some fantastic 16” gauge live steam models. Beautifully painted locomotive #12, a beautiful Southern Pacific Daylight, and a handsome #1919 roll out to haul passengers in cars large enough for them to fit in!  The double-header with a long train is a special delight!

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This 26 minute video of Scarborough North Bay Miniature Railway. (29th July 2014) features massive 20” gauge live steam in England. Part of the video includes a ride-along! The trains run along a track that almost a mile long, beside the North Bay of Scarborough in North Yorkshire.

There you have it! 5 great live steam videos. Whether this gets you interested in trying your hand at modeling live steam or just finding one to take a ride on, I hope you enjoyed them (give a “thumbs up” to the videos if you did like them, and show some support!).

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Robert Thomson

Robert W. Thomson is a life-long railfan, the son of a former L&N Railroad B&B gang foreman, and an amateur photographer. He was born and raised in southeast Tennessee but now lives in Butte, Montana with his wife, Connie and cat, Charlie. Robert has worked as a park ranger, underground mine tour guide, freelance roleplaying game writer, and ran his own roleplaying game publishing company until selling it in 2012.

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