November 12, 2011: the 35th Annual International Railfair at the Placer County Fairgrounds in Roseville, California.
Cold, beautiful fall morning with good sunshine to really show off the smoke and steam vapor.
The 22 by 34 foot layout is built by Paul Brink and operated by the "On The Brink" group of live steam aficionados. It is 45mm gauge, i.e. G-scale. It is a sectional train layout that can be set up outdoors at events. The hobby is called live steam (like "alive") because the locomotives heat water and run on the steam.
IMHO these are big locomotives! Watching the cylinders and steam at work more than makes up for the scenery not being as detailed as, say, the Miniatur Wunderland model railroad... No DCC sound decoders needed here! The locomotives are very intricate examples of mechanical engineering.
Geek out on the model steam locomotives—quasi trainspotting—by make:
Accucraft 1/20.3 scale "Ruby" a Ruby #4 "Mimi" 2-4-2 with tender. (The red #11 at the beginning.) Not sure if Accucraft sell this anymore, but look at it go!
Various Accucraft Shay locomotives: 2-truck shays, both the 13-ton open cab and the Mich-Cal #2; and a 3-cylinder, 2-truck Mich-Cal #5. Shay races!
Accucraft 1/20.3 scale 0-4-2 Plantation Locomotive "iuki" here lettered TVNGRy #6
Outdoor live steam sectional modular train layout train table