Traditional "Rough Castings" and Hand-Drawn Blueprints for Small-Scale, Coal-Fired Live Steam Locomotives.
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This site last updated: October 15th 2014 @ 9:09 PM (USA Eastern Time)
Building TheMy Raritan
New to the site.....Building MY Raritan. Click the photo please to see my 3/4" scale RARITAN by Mr. William Morewood, under construction.
1" scale smokebox front and door castings, now available. Click the photo for more information.
September 2014: my small scales "highline" track behind my home, has been completed for 3-1/2" gauge. It is 107 feet in length and shows that despite limied space, one can "make the most of it" andbuild and operate his or her very own live steam railroad in his/her backyard, alley, or driveway Please see the YouTube video below. For more information about it and for other videos of the track, please see my YouTube page.
The Drive Wheels for the 3/4" scale New York Central "Hudson" by Laverne Langworthy. 17 spoke type as designed and drawn by Mr. Langworthy have not available for the past SEVENTY YEARS. Produced 2014 for the first time since the 1940s. Click the photo for more information, or to purchase.
Excellent project for a beginner in live steam: the coal-fired 3/4" scale TOM THUMB. This Yankee Shop classic from the 1940s has been updated and improved, and is now a feature in "Live Steam & Outdoor Railroading" magazine. Click the photo for information, or to purchase wheel castings.
The first of the P7 "President" castings sections, are now available!
The 3/4" scale "President Washington", as formerly seen in the Miniature Power Products catalog.
The 3/4" scale P7 Frame Section is now available. Click the photo for information, or to purchase.
The 3/4" scale P7 "President" Trailing Truck section is also available. Click the photo for information, or to purchase.
Piston Valve cylinders on closeout at special pricing. Click the photo for information.
3/4" scale axle pumps now available. Click the photo for more information, or to purchase.
Drawings and drive wheels for the 3/4" scale, 3-1/2" gauge Boston and Albany 4-6-6T are now available. Click the photo for more information, or to purchase.
The "Trucks" Section for the 3/4" scale K4 "Pacific" by H.J. Coventry is now available. Click the photo for more information, or to purchase.
The 1" scale narrow gauge "Dinky" for 3-1/2" gauge track. Designed by Karl Friedrich, it was available from Yankee Shop decades ago. Now available again. Please click the photo for more information.
Drawings for the 1" scale B-8 "Ten Wheeler" 4-6-0 by H.J. Coventry are now available independently, without a castings purchase.
Drawings for the original (1941) "Tom Thumb" by Yankee Shop, are now available for those of you who would like to compare the original design to the updated version that's currently running in LIVE STEAM & OUTDOOR RAILROADING magazine.
September 26th, 2013:
Drive wheels and cylinders, for the 1" scale Atlantic and Pacific have been produced. All other castings for these locomotives will be available on a prepaid basis to builders/buyers of the wheels and cylinders. Click the photos below for more information, please.
The cylinder section for the 1" scale Atlantic and Pacific. Click the photo for more information, or to purchase.
The drive wheels for the 1" scale Yankee Shop "Les Friend" Atlantic. Click the photo for information, or to purchase.
Drive wheels for the 1" scale "Les Friend" Pacific. Click the photo for more information, or to purchase.
The Yankee Shop/Friends Models 1" scale 4-4-2 Atlantic and 4-6-2 Pacific are being produced again. Please click the photo for more information.
1-1/2" scale early 4-4-0 "TIGER" by Lester Friend. Drawings now available. Castings shall be produced on a prepaid basis for anyone who has purchased the drawings. Please click the photo for more information or to purchase the drawings. Thank you for your interest.
The 1" scale "duplex" water pump by Willam "Bill" VanBrocklin. Complete castings and materials package now available. Please click the photo for information.
3/4" scale, 3-1/2" gauge "Andrews" type trucks, for tenders or freight cars, are now available. Please click the photo for information.
The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad "Lafayette". Complete set of castings in 1-1/2" scale in development, 2013. Wheel castings now available (April 2013). Please click the photo for more information, or to purchase.
"Live Steam of Years Gone By", by Charlie Purinton. Edited by Larry Urbanski and Richard Symmes. Now available from Friends. Please click the photo for information, or to purchase.
1-1/2" scale VanBrocklin Westinghouse-style Water or Air Pumps. THE ORIGINALS, from Bill VanBrocklin's patterns. Drawings & castings NOW AVAILABLE. Click on the photo for information.
3/4" scale Bettendorf freight trucks. Drawings, castings, and materials. Designed in the 1930s by Laverne Langworthy.
BOOKLET REPRINTS: Boston and Albany 4-6-6 tank locomotive, 2012 REPRINT of Lester Friend's original 1940s construction booklet, now available! Please click the photo for information.
Mechanical Lubricator by H.J. Coventry. Build your own, from a drawing that has not been available in decades. Materials to be included.
Injector. Machine your own.....from a drawing and a bronze casting (materials also included). Suitable for 2-1/2" and 3-1/2" gauge. Designed by H.J. Coventry in 1933.
H.J. Coventry 1/3 HP Compound Marine Engine
Tender "Hand Pumps" by Bill VanBrocklin, and H.J. Coventry
USA-made Bronze Casting, and all needed materials
in 1/2", 3/4", and 1" scales
Will provide EXCELLENT practice on machining a casting; will be a useful accessory for supplying water to your boiler.
1/2" scale, 2-1/2" gauge Pennsylvania Railroad K4 "Pacific" (4-6-2) design details. Click on the below photo for information.
Design details are sought for the 1/2" scale, 2-1/2" gauge K4 by H.J. Coventry. Please click on the photo for more information. Thank you.
Twenty Three Years Ago.....
Summer, 1991: I snapped this photo of Mr. Charles A. "Carl" Purinton running a 7-1/4" gauge Pennsylvania E-6 "Atlantic" at a private track in Danvers, Massachusetts. I was about 19 years of age, and Mr. Purinton was about 93 years of age, at the time of the photo.
Mr. Charles Purinton runs an 1-1/2" scale 4-4-2 at Danvers, Mass. in 1991. Photo by John Kurdzionak.
Back in 1932, on a suggestion from "LBSC" in Britain, Mr. Purinton founded the "Brotherhood of Live Steamers". He died in 1999 at age 101.
The scene captured in the above photo is rare. Mr. Purinton did not run locomotives in 1-1/2" scale often, he most often ran 3/4" scale on a "highline". Nor did he wear his "wide brimmed" hat often. And, the date of 1991 is significant: by the 1990s, seeing Mr. Purinton run ANYTHING was a special treat not witnessed too often.
Mr. Purinton flew a primitive type of "seaplane" in the World War I era, and was based out of Pensacola, Florida. Later on, he was a fireman on the Boston and Maine Railroad, most often firing the "Atlantics" that traveled to and from his hometown of Marblehead, Mass. When promoted to "engineer", he did it for a day and quit his position at the end of that very same day. He just wanted to say that he had "done it", and once he had, he felt it was time to "quit" and to move on.
The private railroad in the above photo was abandoned some 10-15 years ago due to the health of the owner, and then removed entirely. The property was sold, the owner passed away, and today, nature is quickly reclaiming this very location. There are no more steamers running through here.
Enjoy this photo, folks, as there are not many like it. Thank you for looking.
It's June of 1987, and all is well. John Kurdzionak has just finished the 10th grade, and he is tending to his 3/4" scale "Friends Models" 4-6-6 Tanker at the Bass River Railroad in Litchfield, NH. It was John's love for THIS locomotive that began EVERYTHING you see on this website today. Thanks for visiting www.friendsmodels.com.
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