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Palmetto Live Steamers Club
Palmetto Live Steamers Club
Miniature Railroad Passenger Cars, Freight Cars, Handrails, Bridges and Structures
The Palmetto Live Steamers Club was started in 2005 by Mark Fredericks of Anderson, South Carolina. This club for collectors of Live Steamers currently have 12 members.The purpose of the Palmetto Live Steamers Club is to preserve the heritage of the railroad by establishing, operating and maintaining educational operating facilities by the use of model railroad equipment.Photo: The Dash 9 Diesel Locomotives, owned by Doug Moody, modeled after the Norfolk-Southern locomotives. This locomotive is the property of the Palmetto Live Steamers Club and this photo is used here with their permission..Note: The following photographs are the property of the Palmetto Live Steamers Club are not to be copied. All the information on this page was provided by Mark Fredericks.Photo Credit: Photo provided by Mark Fredericks and used with his permission. This photo and the other photos on this page are not to be copied without permission from Mark Fredericks.
Palmetto Live Steamers Club Contact Information
A little history of the Palmetto Live Steamers Club
Palmetto Live SteamersPresident: Mark FredericksVice President: Doug MoodyAnyone interested in learning more about Palmetto Live Steamers Club and the different track locations in Palmetto Live Steamers Club, you can contact Mark Fredericks at 864-844-1046 or email Locoengineer98@aol.com
Palmetto Live Steamers Club Paragon & Palmetto RailroadParagon Railroad started in 1997 when Doug Moody purchased a PS-4 locomotive, and modeled it after the Crescent Limited. Laying of the track began in 1997. It took 12 months to build Paragon Railroad. The track is 2000 feet long, with a 150-foot bridge, 6 feet off the ground. It also has a 150-foot trestle that gently slopes from the 6-foot bridge to ground level. At the back of the car container, there are 4 tracks, consisting of 4 double-slips and one crossover to make it easier to switch tracks.In 2005, Mark Fredericks was inspired to build a railroad in his yard, calling it Palmetto Railroad. It took him 4 years to build his track with three trestles. One, 200 feet long, 8 feet in the air. The second one, 60 feet long, going over two three-foot waterfalls and the third, 120 feet long, with two bridges, one modeled after the Cooper River Bridge, in Charleston, SC, and the other, a covered bridge.He also built a rock mining tunnel, calling it the Southern Mining Co. Mark has 780 feet of track.
How To Build a Live Steam Locomotive - This book is available on Amazon.com
Written in the 1970s, this book is said to be the only one of its kind in the USA (as seen in the review section on Amazon)
Read the reviews to learn that this book is recommended for anyone interested in building their own locomotive
The locomotives in the Palmetto Live Steamers Club
1. The Crescent Limited - Doug Moody, Owner
The Crescent Limited consists of the full configuration of the original locomotive and cars, originally built in 1926 and which ran from New York to New Orleans, passing through the Greenville, SC area. It was in service from 1926 - 1934.
2. The Palmetto Express - Mark Fredericks - Owner
The Palmetto Express, a 10-wheeler, owned by Mark Fredericks, which was modeled after a Baldwin locomotive, built in in the mid-1830's. It was inspired by the Thatcher-Perkins Locomotive.
3. Blue Ridge Locomotive - Dean Hunter - Owner
Dean Hunter modeled this after the Blue Ridge Locomotive, #951, built in 1894, which ran through the Anderson, SC area.
4. A Porter Locomotive - Al Wood - Owner
This Porter Locomotive is a steam outline of an 1890’s H.K. Porter locomotive.
5. The Old Northern Locomotive - Dean Hunter - Owner
The Old Northern Locomotive is modeled after the Great Northern Locomotive, built in the 1930s.
6. Dash 9 Diesel Locomotives - Doug Moody - Owner
The Dash 9 Diesel Locomotives, owned by Doug Moody, modeled after the Norfolk-Southern locomotives
What else does the Palmetto Live Steamers Club offer?
A Model Train Shop
Along with these trains, the Palmetto Live Steamers Club also has a model train shop which sells new and used locomotives and cars, from ZZ scale, up to 1 " scale. The shop also has buildings, structures, scenery and track for these model trains. The shop has some narrow-gauge locomotives and a G-gauge live steam, narrow-gauge locomotive for sale.