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2017 Spring Invitational Steamup

Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Southern Steam Trains

Travelers Rest, SC   9 am to 5 pm






Genuine “Southern hospitality” will be extended to live steamers, enthusiasts and spectators at the G1MRA US Southern Group gathering, May 6, 2017.   We appreciate the various organizations of our fellow steamers and welcome everyone. 

Meeting trackside at Southern Steam Trains in Travelers Rest, SC; locomotives and consists of passenger and freight cars navigate an elevated track system of approximately 174 feet with a 10 ˝ foot minimum radius. Switch stands are at rail height, giving good clearance for narrow gauge rolling stock.   

Track is Llagas Creek code 250 Nickel Silver.

Track centers are 7 1/2 inches

Minimum radius is 10 1/2 feet

Over all length is 66 feet x width is 23 1/2 feet 

3 left hand and 2 right hand No. 10 Turnouts

Width of deck is 18 inches.

Width of each board is 5 1/2 inches x 18 inches.

Side trim is 3 1//2 inches x 3/4th inch



Please join us, bringing and running your Gauge 1 or narrow gauge live steam locomotives and rolling stock. Refreshments will be provided.  Also, a variety of fast food restaurants are close by. A shady pergola and porch offers a viewing area watch the action and chat with others.  You are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.   

For an invitation and further information, please contact Steve Baker and Jim Pitts by email at steamtrains@bellsouth.net 

YouTube video of the 2015 gathering, - click here

Photo Gallery of the 2015 gathering - click here

To join G1MRA US - click here



Photos by

John and Melinda Tribe and Jim Pitts

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A Southern Steam Trains Diversion - a video side track



Small Scale Steamup

Diamondhead, MS

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Baldwin B1 Rear Tank (2009)

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1 RTR Factory Built in stock!


Aster's Class B 28 Ton Shay - 2011 Production

1 RTR (Factory Built) in stock!

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The Rail Scene in the UK - Adrian Brodie

Main Line Steam, Heritage Railways, Museums,

and the Modern Rail Service


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"A mural on a wall to Camden Roundhouse, at Chalk Farm, north London.

Somewhat surprisingly ... GWR locomotives in LMS territory!"

Adrian Brodie



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Inspiration to thousands of visitors each month.  Small scale live steam enthusiasts and seekers from more than 100 countries have been our guest.  With hundreds of pages of information, SouthernSteamTrains.com is one of the premier Gauge 1 web sites.  While devoted to serving our customers in North America, Southern Steam Trains LLC is pleased to provide this informative and inspirational resource to live steamers throughout the world.  Thank you for visiting.  We welcome your comments.


Information on Aster locomotives currently in stock, in production, as well as a complete roster of all Gauge 1 "live steam" engines produced by Aster Hobby from 1975 to 2016.  Over the past forty years, Aster has produced seventy plus examples with a total of over thirty-five thousand small-scale live steam locomotives. The roster links to photographs, descriptions and technical specifications on all Aster live steam locomotives.  


Inventory of the Southern Steam Trains' collection featuring only Aster Gauge 1 locomotives.  Unique among live steam dealers, we stock, sell and support exclusively Aster products.  Please call to confirm immediate availability and to receive "our best price."


A comprehensive reference section with excerpts from the Aster Manual, advice for the beginning small scale live steamer from Kevin O'Connor's Notes from the Unit Shop, plus articles, reviews and tuning tips by Barry Applegate, Steve Baker, Joe Betsko, Geoff Calver, Richard Finlayson, Howard Freed, John Garrett, Fred Gandolfi, Jim Gabelich, Yves Guillaume, Elk Hartmann, Hans Huwyler, Jason Musheno, Dick Moger, Rick Parker, Jim Pitts, Andrew Pullen, Jerry Reshew, John van Riemsdijk, Chip Rosenblum, Jeff Runge, Ross Schlabach, John Shawe, Larry Shimp, Geoff Spenceley, Dave Stick, John Tribe, Harry Wade, Nick Wantiez, Sonny Wizelman and Robert Youngjohns.


A portfolio of over 2000 original photographs of small-scale live steam locomotives. Yes, most of the photographs are of Aster Gauge 1 locomotives!  Plus hundreds of UK Prototype locomotive photos by Adrian Brodie. 


Links offering a portal to a wide array of model and prototype rail related web sites.  


During the past four decades, Aster Gauge 1 locomotives became the standard of quality for discriminating collectors and operators.  Expertly fabricated in metal with copper boilers, they represent excellence in design, engineering and performance. 



Aster locomotives offer a truly inspirational hobby that captures the imagination.  They recreate in miniature the mechanical wonder of magnificent steam locomotives and the nostalgia of a vanishing vista.  Click to read a reflection on the age of steam. 


Aster Steam Models come Factory BUILT ready to display and operate or in KIT form.  Kits come with step by step instructions as well as corresponding 3D isometric engineering drawings for ease of assembly.   Assembling an Aster locomotive is not difficult but does represent a challenge.  Click on blue hyper links above for illustrations and further information.


We invite you to explore the realistic, working models by Aster that feature fantastic excitement and historical perspective.  Aster's attraction and destination is an incredible journey filled with sights and sounds.  Many enjoy the fulfillment of building, operating, or simply viewing these magnificent models.  


Aster locomotives are engineered for those who are fascinated with the tried and true technology of live steam.  They bring back the days when steam reigned supreme!  When you are ready for live steam, remember Aster represents the world's finest Gauge 1 steam locomotives.   Southern Steam Trains LLC is honored to partner with Aster Hobby in keeping steam alive!



For information regarding new locomotives 

currently available go to the "Inventory" page



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