Florida Live Steamers 

Established 1972

 

Calendar of Events

     
  2014  
April 12 Big Boots & Western RR Candler, FL
Run Day
 
May 10 Big Boots & Western RR Candler, FL
Run Day and anything Railroad related swap meet
 
June 14 Big Boots & Western RR Candler, FL
Run Day and end of Season meet
 
     
     
     
 


 
     
     
     
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For phone contact concerning the information on this web page please call George Johnson at 941-966-1228 or e-mail at floridalivesteamers@yahoo.com.

 

(COLORFUL) NEWSLETTER ANNOUNCEMENT

Trainline is now available by email to paid members. Send a request via EMAIL ONLY to FLORIDALIVESTEAMERS@YAHOO.COM. An email request lets us validate your address and is put in the distribution list via cut/paste. Phone calls, etc. won't work. As a bonus, you get color pictures (and graphics), no shredding by the USPS, faster delivery and we save postage. With 6 issues per year and over 300 members, we could save several hundred dollars, almost 20% of the dues, per year.

Train Line Newsletter

 

NEW FEATURE
A very supportive FLS member recently presented the idea of having links to individual member's personal websites (especially if these contain lots of train photos) and, of course, the members provide/approve such links on the FLS website. Your BOD signed on so send your links along, we will post them pronto.
 
Jim White's Albums (including 2012 Feb. Meets)
Bill Matson's Albums (including 2012 Feb. Meets)
Bill Matson's full-sized Railroads (excellent Cass RR)
(Your name could be here)

 

  

      (ADDITIONAL INFO ON THESE EVENTS CAN BE FOUND ON THE INDIVIDUAL TRACK WEBSITES BELOW)         

Big Boots & Western RR Candler, FL**7 ½  gauge  track** The railroad currently features
over 3 miles of track, with a 65 foot or larger radii on the mainline, with a maximum grade of 2%
and three separate freight yards and an industrial park. The track layout is set up to approximate the SAL and the ACL as they crisscross each other from North Florida to Central Florida.
The main yard can accommodate 210 pieces of rolling stock and features remote controlled  switch tracks with track detection circuitry, double ladder tracks at both ends and a drill track for building up trains without fouling the mainline. Next to the main yard is our drive through transfer table and 8 steaming bays. Our transfer table can lift 40' of equipment up to 8 feet high in one lift. The other two yards will accommodate another 100 pieces of rolling stock. The railroad features Bi-directional running with 28 signals and plenty of passing sidings with many route options. We have more than 125 switch tracks, 5 diamonds, 2 wyes and two turnaround loops providing a lot of operation, a lot of shade covered tracks and a 60' tunnel. The pavilion is complete with ice machine, refrigerator, TV, VCR, DVD and surround sound stereo system. Located adjacent to the pavilion is a beautiful paved picnic area with a lot of picnic tables and a bonfire pit.
There is plenty of parking for R/V s and 13 service poles  with 15-30 amp electric and water.
We also have a complete bath house with toilet and shower and laundry machines.
For more info or campground reservations contact:
Capt. John Boots info@bigbootsrr.com or call 352 509-1587

         

Work sessions are now Thursday mornings, call prior to coming to make sure that we will be there.

 

 

 

 

NE Fla Live Steamers & RRs (West Tocoi & Bostwick R. R.)  (UPDATE Nov. 7) Bostwick, Fl. **  This track boasts three separate railroads comprising a #1/”G” gauge  (170 feet) (two Loops elevated for live steam & battery power) (Electric loops being built), 7 1/2 gauge (3600 ft) and 2 ft gauge with four different areas where they cross.  2 ft gauge has over 6200 ft of mainline (6600 ft planned). Outer loop is complete. 350 ft remains to close inner loop. Two mainline wyes for turning the train. Self contained camping is available.**   Road crossings, drive-thru unloading facilities, steaming bays have all been upgraded this year prior to the FLS Winter Meet.  Six yard tracks (250 ft) near the station now allow the engineers to take a break without blocking the mainline as well as much in the way of track extensions. Also, an ever-growing automated signaling system. The Miller Junction passenger station is finished.

By Appointment Only      Scheduled work sessions every Thursday & Saturday.

THIRD Saturday of the
month is Membership Run
Day, all live steamers are
always invited.

 

 

 

 

Tradewinds & Atlantic R. R. (UPDATE January 29, 2013) Coconut Creek, Fl. ** 7 1/2 gauge. Elevated G scale and O scale tracks.  3 loops of G scale, one is dual gauge G / 2 rail O scale, and also 1 loop of 3 rail O scale track.  Track is approx 120 feet long.**   This track is located in a Broward County Park and is enjoyed by the general public on the third Sat/Sun of each month.  It boasts a track around a lake, souvenir sales, secure equipment facilities, yard tracks and a turntable/steaming bay area.  Any month that has five weekends, the club schedules a run day to enjoy the fruits of their labors.

 

         Scheduled runs are the 3rd weekend of each month 

        

 

 

 

 

Manatee Central Rail Road  (UPDATE Dec. 16) Parrish, Fl.  (2012 schedule of Manatee's Meets is now out)   **7 1/2 gauge, 4 3/4 gauge, Gage 1, a pond for steam boats, a shady area for hit and miss, and bring and brag.**   This track covers two five-acre private sites that comprise a well laid out track plan with four separate unloading areas, two separate steaming bays and two hydraulic lifts. One mile of mainline and one mile of sidings and yards.  Self contained camping is available on limited basis at the meets.  Call to check availability of open sites. NEW, minimum radius on track is now 52 ft.

 

Work sessions every Sunday

 

 

 

 

Ridge Live Steamers  (UPDATE July 16, 2013)

"Dundee, FL. - 7 ½ “ Gauge,    6890 feet of mainline (13,780 when running bi-directional with signals) and 7.300 feet of sidings and yards built in an old orange grove.   Ridgelines boasts one tunnel, 4 bridges and 2 trestles, has a ruling grade of 1.5 %, minimum mainline radius of 65 feet and a by-pass track of 3.3% to challenge the ability of engineers and equipment.    There is a 180 foot, 3 track loop of elevated Gauge 1 and G Gauge.   RLS has limited parking spaces which can be used by visiting RV’ers with advanced permission."

 

Work sessions: 1st, 2nd,& 3rd Saturday of the month.

Runs on 4th Saturday of the month.

   

 

 

 

Largo Central R. R.  (UPDATE Nov. 7) Largo, Fl. ** 7 1/2 gauge ** This track is located in a City Park that has a good unloading area and yard storage tracks.  A well thought out track plan makes for an interesting and enjoyable ride.  Public rides are given on the 1st full weekend of each month.  To run on this track all engines must be equipped with a headlight and a rear light on the end of the train even during the day.  It becomes apparent for this as you go through the recently installed tunnel that is pitch black in the middle.  Another interesting feature is the ride over the pond. Much new track and new crossties are now being installed.

Runs are on the first full weekend of each month.

   

 

 

Central Pasco and Gulf R. R.  (UPDATE Dec. 16) Brooksville, Fl. ** 7 1/2 gauge ** This track is located in Crews Lake Wilderness Park. New and very rapidly growing with approx one mile of track in operation with plans for approx 15,000 ft eventually. The railroad is based upon the Orange Belt Railway which ran through Pasco County. EVEN LARGER new section of track just opened up (2500 ft past year), see this website.

    Work sessions each Saturday, public runs are on second and fourth Saturdays.     

   
   

Veterans Memorial R. R. (UPDATE Nov. 7)  Bristol, Fl. ** Two foot gauge ** Scenic 1 1/2 mile track located in Veterans Memorial Park. Amenities include a 3000 sq ft station, two tunnels and a 400 foot trestle through a cypress wet land. A passing siding is under construction which will allow decreased waiting time for our riders at special events. We operate a NAD (National Amusement Device, the original roller coaster co.) Century Flyer trainset dating to the 1950s. It is propane fired and is "Old Reliable" since it does most of the passenger hauling. We also have a 1962 Crown 4-4-0 that ran at Lion Country Safari. It is coal fired and believed to be the only one of its kind in a Florida Park. We are restoring a 1960s NAD steam outline that was in western movies at Old Tucson Studios. It is one of only 10 or 12 made. We are also the only park train with two NAD trains on the roster. We host special events at Halloween and Christmas with more in the planning stages. We display over 15,000 lights at Christmas.

   Public runs are on second Saturday of each month. 
   

We currently have almost 30 layouts in 1 1/2 scale (or larger) in Florida.  They will be listed here when they send in their information.  If there is new information or upgrades to the above descriptions, please forward same.

 

 

 


                  

           HOT NEWS - Photos and text of Jim "Outlaw" White's new equipment   NEW Feb. 14 '10

                             

           CP&G 2009 WINTER MEET PHOTOS by Geran Miller    NEW April 2 '09  

            TARR FIRST 2009 FUN RUN DAY SUBMISSION by Kim Anderson    NEW Feb. 9 '09

            BB&W 2008 WINTER MEET PHOTOS and Links by Lou Lockwood     NEW Mar 4 '08 

            STILL NEWER SUBMISSION by Bill Oberpriller (many more movies have been added)

            SELECTIONS from above, edited & automated by George Johnson  (gif file, may take some time to download)

            Narrow Gauge Engine by Bill Oberpriller     NEW Feb 28 '08 (seen at Ridge)

            Speeder (the Putt-putt) by Bill Oberpriller     NEW Feb 28 '08 (seen at Ridge, natural color)

            SUBMISSION by George Johnson

            SUBMISSION by George Johnson (in video form)   (wmv file, may take some time to download)

            Rail Bender and Other Picture Pages

Send upcoming date schedules, track information, and any changes to   floridalivesteamers@yahoo.com

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Since 30 Sept. '07  

This page updated on September 8, 2013