G scale Live Steam

2 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
  • Member since
    May, 2008
  • From: Miles City, Montana
  • 1,331 posts
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.

"The only stupid question is the unasked question."
  • Member since
    July, 2003
  • 10 posts
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

  • Member since
    September, 2002
  • From: Big Island
  • 94 posts
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?!

Search the Community


Get the Garden Railways newsletter delivered to your inbox twice a month

By signing up you may also receive occasional reader surveys and special offers from Garden Railways magazine. Please view our privacy policy