G scale Live Steam

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G scale Live Steam
Posted by FRRYKid on Friday, August 10, 2018 10:17 AM

I am posting this one for a coworker as I didn't know the answer either. He is interested in building a live steam model. We had discussed the 1:12 ride on units but for what he is looking at that would be rather large. My question on this is: Are there any plans out there or has anyone built a G-scale live steam engine? (I think he is looking at building it for the experience. He is into alternative energy sources.) The type of engine he specially mentioned was the 4-4-0s of Transcontinental Railroad Golden Spike fame. Anything I get from this I will forward to him.

I have been made aware of the Accucraft Live Steam model but my source wasn't sure if this was available as a kit

As usual, thank you for your assistance with my inquiry.

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Posted by m.horovitz on Friday, August 10, 2018 6:50 PM

As far as I know, there are no plans or kits available for 4-4-0 live-seam locos. Accucraft had a kit for an 0-4-0 (called Ruby). That may still be available. Aster offers several kits, all quite pricey and complicated.


If your friend has a lathe, there are plans available for a simple 0-4-0T that he can build from scratch. The engine can be seen here:  http://www.sidestreet.info/locos/loco19.html

A Q&A page is here: http://www.sidestreet.info/locos/DenverQA.html#Anchor-How-44867

Plans are available from bannerworks@comcast.net

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Posted by Neiler on Sunday, August 12, 2018 7:20 PM
Thanks for the links Marc. (Sp?) I have been browsing for live steam designs to use in 7/8” scale but most, including Kozo’s examples are 3/4” standard gauge. Any thoughts? p.s. However will this hobby do without you at the helm?!
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Posted by Steamhead on Saturday, September 29, 2018 3:34 PM

If you aren't set on scratchbuilding, several people have modified Accucraft's "Emma" with good results. Eric Schade's article a few issues back gives a good example of changing the 0-4-0T into an 0-4-2 Forney.

If you do want to scratchbuild, there are a couple of options. One is a French Decauville industrial loco, for which free plans are available here: http://jpduval.free.fr/Lv020de45%20plans.htm

And a couple of people have modified the "Cracker" model of the Byers geared 0-4-0 to work in 7/8" scale. Those plans are available here: http://www.susan-parker.co.uk/susan-byers-industrial-locomotive-project.htm

and another version here: http://home.iae.nl/users/summer/16mmngm/Articles_htms/Cracker.htm


Have fun!
Vance Bass

It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that steam.

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