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Palmetto Live Steamers Club

Updated on April 27, 2015

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.

Mark Fredericks  Palmetto Live Steamers Club
Mark Fredericks Palmetto Live Steamers Club

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)

So You Want to Build a Live Steam Locomotive
So You Want to Build a Live Steam Locomotive

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

Crescent Limited
Crescent Limited

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

Palmetto Express
Palmetto Express

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

Blue Ridge Locomotive
Blue Ridge Locomotive

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

Porter Locomotive
Porter Locomotive

This Porter Locomotive is a steam outline of an 1890’s H.K. Porter locomotive.

5. The Old Northern Locomotive - Dean Hunter - Owner

Old Northern Locomotive
Old Northern Locomotive

The Old Northern Locomotive is modeled after the Great Northern Locomotive, built in the 1930s.

6. Dash 9 Diesel Locomotives - Doug Moody - Owner

Dash 9 Diesel Locomotives
Dash 9 Diesel Locomotives

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.

Aerial Photo of Palmetto Railroad - Fredericks Locomotive Works - Mark Fredericks

Aerial View of Palmetto Railroad - Fredericks Locomotive Works
Aerial View of Palmetto Railroad - Fredericks Locomotive Works

Enjoy this video from the Palmetto Live Steamers Club and Paragon Railroad - via YouTube from trainman9867

What do you think about the Palmetto Live Steamers Club - and their locomotives?

Have you ever seen any of the locomotives belonging to the Palmetto Live Steamers Club?

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      goldenrulecomics 3 years ago

      Very cool!

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      Ann 4 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      these Palmetto live steamer club pictures are amazing - my friend would love this.

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      brumot 5 years ago

      Wonderful great lens, the video was awesome, good stuff!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      How awesome - gotta love trains. Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      ohcaroline 5 years ago

      I've always liked the design on those green Southern Railway cars. What a neat article and pictures to boot.

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I have always been fascinated by model railroads like this. Our local park had one, still does 50 years later, the track runs around the lakes and it's great for kids and adults too. I shall certainly visit if we ever make it to Pendleton. Nicely done, blessed.

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      Ruthi 6 years ago

      What a fabulous locomotive lens, Nancy! A whole lot of work and love went into this project, obviously.

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      The trains look wonderful and real, actually they are real, the old times look great to me. I remember when I was a kid my family traveled a lot by train and I enjoyed looking on the window... Now we have trains which have absurd speed so looking on the window is out of the question... one less pleasure in life. Great lens and nostalgia lensThanks

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      Cheryl Paton 6 years ago from West Virginia

      So neat seeing the man enjoying his train in his yard. Walt Disney had a train built in his yard, I think it served as inspiration for all the other rides he had built for others to enjoy.

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      NYtoSCimjustme 6 years ago

      My grandfather was an engineer for the Long Island RR for over 40 years... I remember his models set up in the basement as a kid, and how we loved to watch him move the multiple trains around the tracks and over the bridges - These miniature RR set ups remind me of him and I would love to see them - maybe I can talk the husband into Freedom Fest this weekend :)

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      I knew a man who had an elaborate train set he just loved. I was attracted to this myself when I was a child.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What a wonderful club, it must be a lot of great fun. Just looking at the photos is a hoot for me. Nancy this a so neat, I'm glad you took the time to create this page to share some steamers with us. We have a Steam Threshers Reunion every year, not too far from here, and I like going to that.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

      People, young and old alike, have always been fascinated with trains. The exhibit will be a big hit.

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      Have never heard of the Palmetto Live Streamers Club. Such a great thing they're doing preserving and sharing.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: The locomotives will not be running at Freedom Fest. They will be on display for viewing only.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      The locomotives will just be on display only at Freedom Fest and will not be running. In fact, they will be roped off and no one can even get close enough to touch them. It is for viewing only but will be very interesting.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      steam is a very dangerous animal in the wrong hands. I hope for the sake of you and the safety of others, that your "club" is thouroughly trained and expierenced with the maintaince and operation of steam boilers. i am a retired engineer from Steamtown Railroad, and now employed as a boiler inspector for Boiler Equipment Co.I would be more than happy to provide training if need be.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have seen the Blue Ridge and the Great Northern at a show in Anderson on New Years Day, I got to speak to one of the members who was watching over the engines in the shop area. The young man was having some difficulty in starting the fire, an older member arrived an quickly got the fire lit for him and kindly showed him the propor way to start the fire. I was impressed by the way the members are willing to pass on their skills to tothers.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I noticed Mr Hunters Northern on your site. I was invited to The Farm May 7 and was disappointed to see the Northern was not there. And The Blue Ridge not steamed up sitting in a shop with some models. I did however enjoy the Frick Traction engine and all the stationary engines. Any idea when he will have his trains going? I guess its hard to do all that with just 2 boiler operators. Happy Steaming.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Is this safe after the terrible accident at Clevland Park?

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      This sounds like a lot of fun. Lenrolled to Historic NIles District of Fremont CA. where vintage trains from the 1900s have been restored and runs every Sunday around Niles Canyon.

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      Deb Kingsbury 6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      That's so cool! My much older brother has been working with the railroad since I was little, and we basically bridged our 20-year age difference by playing with trains, going to see model trains, and riding on trains. I've never heard of these before, but I'll bet he has.

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      Very interesting, this Palmettos look so authentic, actually they are authentic in the sense that they are done after the real Palmettos patent.I have nostalgia of the old times when the life doesn't run with the speed of light, when traveling with a train we can enjoy the land and nature vs. traveling by plain with our nose in a laptop... LOLGreat lens Thanks

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      These trains are so interesing and historical. Thanks so much for this information. I enjoyed all the great photos and the video too.

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      AmberLBarnes 6 years ago

      What a great addition to Freedom Fest 2011

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The great thing about the PLS Club is that they can always lay more track! Very cool video...love the look of the Crescent!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      Wonderful! Bill would love to see the Palmetto Live Steamers CClub trains, I am sure!

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      Joan4 6 years ago

      Oh how exciting! I would love to see that train display from the Palmetto Live Steamers Club. Lensrolled to Trains Trains Trains!