In the Beginning, God Created Steam...
This whole thing
started one day after completing another project and was looking for
something new to do. Steam always interested me having built steam
turbines as a science fair project in high school. Browsing
through an old Little Engines catalog kept me dreaming about building
one some day. Well that day came. I just had to decide
what type engine to build along with what scale to choose. I
build a Southern Pacific Daylight GS-4 in 1/8" scale to run on 7-1/2"
track. This is a Northern 4-8-4 and is
big and heavy. I didn't know much about metal working except for some
welding I've done and I didn't know much about steam locomotives
either. I was driven to plow ahead and purchased a set of "New
Northern" plans from "Little Engines" and began studying them. I was
looking for a live steam club so I could learn from the experts. To my
amazement, the Illinois Live Steamers were just a few miles from my
house. It was fate! After 11 years and over 5000 hours, here's what was done.
If you want to see what this
journey was all about, click this away...
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