If you’re interested in constructing a steam locomotive, consider joining a suitable model railroad club in your area. This is the best way to gain knowledge and advice on construction methods before jumping in on your project. Seeing other members’ equipment may help decide the type of steam locomotive you wish to build. Another advantage with clubs may include members offering custom machining services. This helps out those who may not have access to special equipment.

My Pacific Coast Shay #213 sitting near our train shed.

Be prepared to invest some money into the project.  Your locomotive project should be considered a hobby and not a “get rich quick” business investment. Building a locomotive takes a significant time investment, most of which could never be recovered if you sold the locomotive. Time is the biggest factor in the quality and detail of the locomotive. Some parts can be commercially bought while others will have to be custom designed and built.  If you decide to build a steam locomotive from a “kit”, be sure to check the reliability, inventory, and quality of the company beforehand.

The Live Steam hobby is one that is enjoyable for the whole family.  It is a hobby that each family member can participate in. It is a great way to meet individuals from a whole range of occupations. The hobby also provides a sense of pride and accomplishment.  I enjoy this hobby very much and would like see it grow in the future. If you have comments or questions about this site or DAMAR Southern Railroad, you may contact me at the following locations:

Via Email

Phone: 678-938-8408

Snail Mail
Dave Levy
DAMAR Southern Railroad
3404 Parr Road
Conyers, GA 30094