little engines

Our Locomotives

We offer 11 different large scale engines!

Little Engines offers rough castings for eleven models in 1-1/2 inches to the foot, any of which will pull from three to sixty adults. Rolling stock in this scale is generally operated on either 7-1/2 or 7-1/4 inch gauge track. We are often asked why we don't offer engines that are exact replicas of ones that ran on this railroad or that railroad. Understandable, the engine that ran in your particular area might be the one you would like to build. Literally thousands of man-hours in engineering, drafting time and pattern making is required to create the design for each steam locomotive.

The simple fact is that the cost of this time would have to be passed on to our customers. While we do not offer every wheel configuration possible, what we do offer is a 'family' of engines, quite complete as far as wheel arrangements, that enables any builder to customize the running gear to suit virtually any engine ever built. We urge customers to be creative and to ask questions. Many of our engines are unique just as would be a smaller model train or any other kind of model. We have many years of experience in live steam, both as a hobby and as a business, as well as 20 plus years of full size steam railroading and have encountered just about every question that might arise.

Numerous Little Engines customers have created entirely new engines from our parts over the years so if you have a specific engine in mind, there is a good chance that our casings can be combined and/or modified to create your favorite engine.

Trying to decide which Little Engines locomotive to build can be a challenging decision. We encourage you to contact us and have a question and answer session to help guide you in this process. Experience has taught us that some things are not practical and rather than see you, the customer get frustrated we are here to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for advice


4-8-4 ALCO Northern INFO PHOTOS
4-4-0 American INFO PHOTOS
4-4-2 Atlantic INFO PHOTOS
2-6-0 Baldwin Mogul INFO PHOTOS
4-6-4 Light Hudson INFO PHOTOS
4-8-4 Light Northern INFO PHOTOS
2-6-0 Modern Mogul INFO PHOTOS
4-6-2 Pacific INFO PHOTOS
0-4-0 Switcher INFO PHOTOS
0-6-0 Switcher INFO PHOTOS


Some things to know before you begin:

Little Engines today has become a "Rough Castings" only supplier. We are unable to continue to offer machined parts and kits, bar stock and hardware as in the past....but, that's not to say we will not do any machine work, some parts are available machined on individual basis by quote from several different local shops that will do some of the bigger pieces. Please contact us for your specific needs and we will see if they can be accommodated. We do still offer many Accessories such as lubricators, gauges, valves, oil, specialty taps and dies, etc. please visit the accessories page to see our selection