My own ambition is to build a live steam scale train, possibly in G scale, but maybe in a larger scale, depending on whether I can find the right place. Living in the postage-stamp lots that are common in the Bay Area is not conducive to garden railroading, regrettably.
Some links to scale trains and live steam-related sites are as follows:
- Only Trains
- Lionel Trains
- Golden Gate Live Steamers
- Rose City Garden Railroad Society
- Grand Scales Quarterly
- 7+ Railroader
- Garden Railways Magazine
I am sure I have left out some useful sources, but this is a place to start. Your local hobby shop is also usually a good resource. And if you are lucky enough to live in a town with a non-chain, monster toy store, that is also a good place to begin. Have fun!