Since this is the large scale section I figured this was the best place to put this.
The Independent Live Steamers ( ILS ) is a group of men and women who build and maintain live steam, diesel, and electric locomotives. The scale they model in is 1 inch & 1-1//2 inch scale. Each locomotive is hand built by the owner or owners and takes more than a year to build from scratch. Most of the members are located in pennsylvania, but there are a few scattered across other states as far as Texas. This is a private group but new members are always welcome to join us as we are always looking for new talent.
Most of the locomotives you will see here are modeled after their bigger sister's of the Pennsylvania Railroad. Some members own one locomotive ( together or seperate ) or two locomotives ( together or seperate ) and are taken to live steam meets all across the United States. There are serveral members who do have private tracks and hold meets for only Independent Live Steam Members and their families. We hope that you enjoy our new website and the photo's that are provided for use on this site.
I was into the live steam for a while. I was going to build a 4 truck Shay. Have the castings and even started on them. I was also into On30, O, HO and it's varied gauges. I finally decided to just stick with HO and three gauges. I found out I wasn't get anything finished in any of the scales I was working in. Even being retiered there was not enough time in the day to do all of them. Know anybody that wants some Shay castings. Contact me off line.