Pennsylvania Live Steamers title and logo
Club President Pat Murphy entering the yard on his Pennsy H10s

Welcome to the Pennsylvania Live Steamers

Close-up photo of a live steam PRR K4 boiler

The Pennsylvania Live Steamers, Inc. was established in 1946 as an all volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation of the nation’s rich mechanical and engineering heritage. We are incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Our purpose is to formulate and carry out plans for the construction and operation of a live steam railroad and to foster a sprit of cooperation among live steam railroaders.

We are a group of people who enjoy trains and railroading. Our members operate various scales of miniature railway equipment, with one-eight scale, one-twelfth scale and gauge-one being the most prevalent.

Some of our members own locomotives and/or cars. However, owning equipment is not a requirement for membership.

Our 5-acre club site has 3,200 feet of 1½″ scale (7¼″ gauge), 3,000 feet of 1″ scale (4¾″ gauge), an 800-foot multi-gauge loop and a 219-foot dual-tracked Gauge-1 loop. There are multiple unloading facilities as well as handicapped facilities for our members and visitors.

Logo for the 75th aniversary of PLS
PLS Celebrates 75 Years

By an overwhelming majority the membership voted to reschedule our 75th Anniversary celebration for the fall of 2022. This item was taken up by the Board of Directors and was approved. Looking at this decision today it looks like we have taken the best path for a successful celebration. Unfortunately, Hurricane Ida washed out our Fall 2021 meet. Hopefully in 2022 things will return to normal and we can invite other live steamers and vendors to an event that can be celebrated by all.

Black & white photo from the Paoli, Leopard, and Sugartown railrosd

George Thomas with camelback on the Paoli, Leopard & Sugartown, the forerunner of the Pennsylvania Live Steamers.

2022 Annual Picnic
Attendees of the 2022 Picnic

Our 2022 Annual Picnic on July 16th was a huge success. After enjoying a cookout hosted by member John Forsythe and his family, everyone gathered for a group photo with the newly rebuilt and repainted club locomotive which suffered extensive damage from Hurricane Ida last year. The day’s photos are available in the Gallery.

2023 Fall Meet
Fall Meet

The weather was perfect, but the attendance was down a little for the 2023 Fall Meet. The meet took place from September 1st through 3rd. There was a Saturday memorial service for long-time member Dave Sclavi. Several of Dave’s family members were in attendance. Photos from the meet are available in the Gallery.