About Aster Hobby USA LLC
Aster Hobby USA LLC was established in January 2002 as the exclusive Importer / Distributor for live steam locomotives and accessories manufactured by Aster Hobby Co. Inc. of Yokohama Japan. Our mission is to promote and sponsor the development of new US prototype locomotive models, marketing and sales of the entire Aster live steam spectrum as well as providing the best possible spare parts service. Since 1975, the name Aster has been known by Gauge One live steam locomotive enthusiasts and collectors alike. From the introduction of the British Aster "Schools Class" in 1975 to today's Union Pacific Railways FEF 3, the improvement in quality and complexity of Aster locomotives has never stooped and new challenging designs are continuing to inspire our imagination of the great steam locomotive era.
Aster live steam locomotives are available factory assembled and ready to operate, or as fully machined ready to be assembled kits. Depending on the type of locomotive, the complexity and number of individual components can vary from one hundred up to one thousand five hundred and as many or more hardware pieces. Kit assembly time can take from twenty hrs. to three hundred hours or more, depending on the type of locomotive and your level of skill. If you want to discover how a steam locomotive works and you have the curiosity and patience, an Aster kit may be your best choice. However if you desire instant gratification, a factory built version can be made available to you.
This website features only the most recent products available and provides updates on new locomotive projects in the design and production phase. Aster Hobby USA LLC also distributes trough a national network of authorized dealers. For retail prices and availability of older and new locomotives and accessories call us during business hours, inquire by e-mail or visit one of the authorized dealers listed in the helpfull links page of this website. Whether you are operating or collecting 1/32 scale locomotive models, we hope you will join the exclusive ranks of Aster gauge one live steam.
Aster Hobby USA LLC is a warehouse / office facility. Sorry we do not have a public show room or store front.
Announcement as of August 2019
As you may know by now, in 2017 Aster Hobby Co. Japan entered a joint venture with Accu Craft Mfg. in China.
Future Aster live steam locomotive offerings will be re-runs of earlier Aster designs, now manufactured by Accu Craft in China.
Such product will be offered as Aster / Accu Craft brand and sold in parallel to Accu Crafts own designs.
Aster Hobby USA LLC role as importer/distributor has expired and is now conducted by Accu Craft in California.
Aster Hobby USA LLC is still offering spare parts service for older original Aster product only.
We are also still offering original Aster product (advertised on this website) as long as it is available from our inventory or from original Aster Japan stock.
We appreciate your patronage and trust you have provided us with since 2002
UP auxiliary water tank cars
28 ton 3 cylinder narrow gauge Shay
BR 52 sold out
SNCF 241P sold out
Union Pacific Challenger sold out
Castle Class sold out as of January 2016
Rebuilt Merchant Navy Class sold out
BR38 DR and DB versions (RTR only available) click BR 38 page
Titfield Thunderbolt kits finally sold out.
Thank you for visiting Aster Hobby USA LLC, North American Importer / Distributor for Aster Hobby Co. Inc of Yokohama Japan.
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New ! For June 2018 release
JNR Passenger coaches.
Click rolling stock page (updated 5/29/2018
Below listed locomotives and rolling stock has sold out and is no longer available.
BR 5 MT
Swiss Federal Railway SBB Tigerli E3/3 production still available !
Click SBB Tigerli page (updated 05/18/2018)
Great Northern S2
sold out 11/16/2016.
Only a few left. Go to JNR D51 page for more detail
Click any of the blue search buttons to view your product of interest.
Union Pacific FEF 3
Sold out 11/16/17
Krauss Tank sold out
Kiso Baldwin Tank sold out