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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.
UP auxiliary water tank cars now sold out.
28 ton 3 cylinder narrow gauge Shay sold out
BR 52 production sold out
SNCF 241P production sold out
Union Pacific Challenger production sold out
The Castle Class production sold out as of January 2016
Rebuilt Merchant Navy Class. Sorry, now sold out
KPEV P8,BR38 DR and DB versions click BR 38 page
Titfield Thunderbolt kits finally sold out.
Thank you for visiting Aster Hobby USA LLC, the exclusive North American Importer / Distributor for Aster Hobby Co. Inc of Yokohama Japan.
Website last updated August 23rd.2017. Please click the browser refresh button to access new uploads
Only a few left. Go to JNR D51 page for more detail
A word about currency exchange rate
All Aster merchandise is manufactured in Japan and therefore subject to currency exchange rate fluctuations. The chart on the right shows the Japanese Yen value fluctuations against US $ value from 1970 to 2015. Aster merchandise prices fluctuate with the exchange rate which may result in cost variations for spare parts, accessories and locomotive projects in progress. AH USA LLC is comited to keep merchandise prices as stable as possible for your conviniance.
The "target retail price" announced for a new project under construction may be affected by the currency exchange difference at the the time of production release.
Great Northern S2 production sold out as of 11/16/2016.
Swiss Federal Railway SBB Tigerli E3/3 production still available !
Click SBB Tigerli page
Below listed locomotives and rolling stock has sold out and is no longer available.
BR 5 MT production sold out
As of 11/18/2016 the UP FEF production has sold out.
Krauss Tank sold out
Kiso Baldwin Tank sold out