The Backyard Railroader
Building and Operating a Miniature Steam Locomotive
By Jeff Frost.
Paperback,7x10", 306 pages, 358 photos, appendices, index. 2019.
"Steam locomotives dominated the railways from the 1820s through the 1960s. Today almost all of them have been replaced with electric and diesel engines, yet the fascination surrounding steam-powered trains has not dwindled.
"A diverse community of enthusiasts - from mechanics to teachers to lawyers - have taken up the hobby of building and running steam locomotives in their own backyards. Drawing on the author's extensive experience and research, this guide covers the materials, tools, skills and technical information needed to get started or to improve an existing design.
"Jeff Frost works at the Strasburg Rail Road, in Strasburg, Pennsylvania as a machinist, mechanic, engineer, fireman, and conductor. He also helps maintain their engines and operates the 90" wheel lathe."