I grew up around "Live Steam" -- scale model locomotives which were run just like the "real thing" generally using coal-fired steam power. If you are ever in the Victoria area, I highly recommend checking out the Vancouver Island Model Engineers [2006 schedule] who have a large (and growning) track out at the Saanich Historical Artifacts Society Site in Saanich.
I-Wei Huang is an artist as well as a steam enthusiast who has created the wonderful/whimsical crabfu steam toys (think of the giant steam spider from The Wild Wild West (oh, sorry, you missed that film?)). They really crawl, roll, and move.
TAGS: live steam, 3D art