The Riverside Live Steamers 1998 Fall Meet
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Riverside Live Steamers
The Riverside Live Steamers is a club
located in at Hunter Hobby Park in Riverside CA. They operate a
large layout in a public park. The land for the park was donated to
the City of Riverside for use as a public park as long as those
that wanted to could run live steam trains there. The city
maintains the park and the club maintains the railroad property.
The park also contains a baseball field, a field suitable for
soccer or football and considerable area of rolling lawns.
The sign was just being dedicated as I got there. Some of the
club members were unhappy about the British prototype depicted on
The club operates for the public on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of
every month from 10 AM to 3 PM. All train rides are free, but
donations are accepted.
The terms of the agreement deeding the property to the city
specifically stated "live steam" and this has been taken literally.
Diesels are absolutely not allowed on the property. The closest
that diesels get is the BNSF and UP main lines that run a half
block west of the park. A fast train went by every 10 or 15
There are two main lines, one in 1.5" scale (7.5" gauge) and a
shorter one in 1" scale (4.75" gauge). The 1.5" scale line is about
1.5 miles long arranged in a sort of figure 8 arrangement running
around and through the park. There is an engine service yard with
many service track, two turntables and two transfer tables. There
are also several substantial equipment storage buildings and a sort
of a club house arrangement.
The pictures below are links to more and larger pictures and
text along the same themes as the picture shown.
||The main reason that I went to Riverside was that my friend,
Bill Brunner, was going to be running his engine there. Bill built
this engine himself and he did a fabulous job. He says that he has
about $5,000 and 1500 hours into the project
||There were several Shays and other geared locomotives running
at the Fall Meet. This Class B 3 cylinder Shay was running the
whole time I was there. It ran very smoothly, although its top
speed seemed to be somewhat higher than the prototype.
||When I got there, Bill was running 2nd in this triple header.
These guys were doing it just for fun as any one of the engines
could have handled the 6 car or so train.
||This section links to a series of pictures of engines that I
found running on the layout. Every one of them is a work of
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