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.

Help!

Hurricane Ida is in the rearview mirror but her effects remain a year later. Member Pat Murphy has created a PayPal Fund and a gofundme page to deal with the result of the Hurricane Ida catastrophe.

Thanks to everyone who has participated thus far. We have contracted a new roof for the clubhouse, but funds are still needed for electrical repairs, lighting, flooring, a new soda machine, and a new refrigerator. The furnace is still iffy. And these are just the problems with the clubhouse — many other replacements and repairs across the site are needed. Even though our organization is comprised largely of craftspeople, the magnitude of the damage requires outside professional help.

We still have a long way to go to goal. Any help you can supply would be greatly appreciated, so please contribute using either the PayPal Giving Fund: https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1652221 (100% goes to us, no fees) or click the Donate now button to make a gofundme donation. Thank you.

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.

Perkiomen Day

Perkiomen Day is an annual fair (given no pandemic that year) that is a cooperative undertaking by Perkiomen Township (the Montgomery County township where PLS is located) and the Pennsylvania Live Steamers. This year it took place on June 4th. The Township’s office is across Gravel Pike from the club. Township fair goers can participate in fun, food, and games at the Township campus or cross the road and discover our live steam railroad. Photos taken that day are available in the Gallery.

Township residents enjoy a ride on PLS
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.