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Aug 16, 2017

Model Steam Locomotives


My first introduction to live steam locomotives was a member in our railroad club had a Accucraft Ruby locomotive. It is G scale (45 mm track) and a very simple design.


He had a radio control (RC) receiver and servos to control direction and speed of the locomotive.


Then my wife bought me an AristoCraft 040 live steamer that had a built in RC and sound. It is much better than my Ruby as my Ruby does not yet have RC installed.

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  • Henry Artist
    Sep 12, 2018

    If you hang around this forum long enough you will see mention of Tubal Cain's "Building Simple Model Steam Engines". It's a fantastic book and even if you have no intention of building things for yourself it will greatly help you to understand how toy steam engines are constructed and work. But I do build things for myself. There is a very well equipped model engineering workshop here at Henry Towers that sees activity most days. Most of the projects I have been working on over the last couple of years have been fairly complex so I thought it would make a nice change of pace to build something simple. Polly is about as simple as they come. The nice thing about Tubal Cain's engines is that they are very easy to modify to suit the tastes and available materials and tools of the builder. Building an engine like Polly also means that I get to play with all the toys in the workshop. So here is my version of Polly - erm… "Polly-esque"... "Polly-ish"... "Polly 2.0"? Just need to clean up a few parts and stick them together...
  • j.roos12
    Apr 26, 2018

    Hi everyone, is there anybody who knows a supplier of chrome or nickel plated pipe 4 mm diam. I am involved in repair/restoring Fleischmann/Mammod toy steam engines. They all used this piping. Maybe I have to plate it myself?? How to do this??
  • Miles Newlyn
    Oct 2, 2017

    I have this old Stuart Turner Torpedo Boat Destroyer that has a Stuart No.2 Torpedo Boat Engine. The plan above shows an electric motor, but the model is live steam and I wonder if this boat was ever able to sail on water. The Note on the plan describes the importance of making the centre of gravity as low as possible, and I find that impossible with a boiler and very heavy engine. Also, isn't this smallish spirit heated boiler far too small for a twin with 3/4" x 3/4" cylinders?