In building a live steam railroad, we are are always careful to ensure that our radius is not too tight and our grades are kept to a minimum. What do you do to keep your grads at a minimum if your a mountain railroad? It takes imagination and planning. That’s just what they did in Graubunden, Switzerland. This is a section of the Bernini Railway.
“A spiral viaduct was required immediately south of Brusio to limit the railway’s grade to the required maximum of 7%, so the train would not slip on the way up, or be uncontrollable on the way down. Geological factors prevented the boring of the spiral tunnel that had originally been planned. Engineers therefore decided to construct on the valley floor a 360 degree curve with a 50 to 70 m (160 to 230 ft) radius, and the viaduct forms part of that curve.”
Since the new site has gone live, we have had a few small issues. One of them involves the new Clubs section. Somehow, the site lost track of the map pointers that you see below. This means I have to update the links. Please be patient, this will take time in my free hours. Thank you all for your support, and please spread the word!
Remember, if you are a club office holder, I will be happy to give you administrate power over your listing. If your club is not yet listed, please contact me and we’ll get it up fast.
After several weeks of major work, the site has been revamped with a new and more powerful theme and more importantly, our Live Steam Club listings has been completely re-made. We now have over 5 countries, with more to come.
If you are a club officer (verifiable), and would like to update, revise or maintain your club’s listing, please contact me directly.
If you know of a club or private track not listed, please contact me so that it can be added.
If you see an incomplete listing that you can provide more details, please contact me.
This is just the beginning. More major updates are in the works.
Thank you all for visiting and supporting this website throughout our many years. We are the oldest online Live Steam website still in existence, since 1995. Things have changed a lot since we first began. Everything was done with manual coding and things were very limited due to the speed of the internet. Here we are almost 21 years later. We have a great hobby friends. Keep it going strong and safe!
Here is a view of the SteamingPriest.com back in 2001.
I was cleaning my Consolidation when yesterday when I got a good look at the back head of the boiler. It wasn’t pretty. Most of the paint was gone, replaced with rust. That means it’s time to clean her up. The boiler wrapper in the cab was in pretty rough shape also. Because I have a Briggs Boiler, and there are no water legs around the fire box, it gets really hot back there. The paint was a real mess. I’m not ready to pull the boiler and paint the whole boiler wrapper and it goes pretty much unseen. So I committed a sin, I took a brush to the boiler wrapper inside the cab area. Better to keep the rust out, than have a major problem. I can replace the whole wrapper after the next running season. Here are a few pics.
Inside the cab before she came out of the shop. June 23, 2010
A look inside the cab yesterday. February 9, 2016
A closeup of the back head
A quick layer of Rust-Oleum
And here is a look inside the fire box. I’ll have to clean up the fire cement.
I discovered this news as I update our list of Live Steam Clubs. There is a link below if you are willing and able to help out.
The Wabash, Frisco, and Pacific Railroad Association was devastated by major flooding.
Recent historic flooding of the Meramec river has decimated the entire area encluding the grounds of the Wabash, Frisco, and Pacific Association. Although attempts to save the locomotive engines where made the raising waters were too much for the volunteers to save the the 12 inch gauge live Steam Railroad engines. The flood has ravaged the entire grounds and storage facility. Many long hours of volunteer work and dedication will be needed to revive both the steam locomotives and grounds to be ready for this spring. Please help by contributing to the association that has helps bring years of memories to our region. These volunteers have given so much in the past to make your visits truly memorable. They need your help now. A GoFundMe page has been setup in honor of helping those who will provide the hard work needed to bring the Wabash, Frisco, and Pacific back from the flood of 2015.
Progress continues on phase two. This is the first part that will give the railroad a reverse loop. I now have about 200′ of rail laid and ballasted. I also added the ties for a future switch that will be phase four, but that will probably be in summer of 2017. I need to do some measuring, but it will bring the mainline to about 3,600′ of continuous main line. Here are a few pics of the progress from last week and today.
Front of house, going up toward crossing. Driveway ahead on left.
Above photo taken near Golden Spike plaque. It reads: Nasonville Valley Railroad – Golden Spike Ceremony – May 24, 2008.
Heading toward the street from the crossing
Looking toward the switch to return. Bottom right is future switch to eliminate single track through tunnel.