The Richmond Hill Live Steamers (RHLS) have 4 acres of land north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is a wooded area. They used to hold open house weekends twice a year, once in July and once in September. Hundreds coame to ride the live steam trains. The crowds became so big they had to cancel the weekend open houses. Pity.
There are two separate railways: one at ground level and one that has elevated track. This video focuses on the smaller scale trains that operate on the elevated trackage. There are both steam engines and diesels pulling the trains. Ken Douglas, a fellow member of our HO Nottawasaga Model Railway modular club joined me to make the trip to the other side of Toronto to see and ride the live steam trains.
Richmond Hill, a northern suburb of Toronto, is about two hours east of Collingwood and Wasaga Beach where we are located. This weekend was in early September, 2011. Excellent weather for riding trains.
Ken and I attended the event on Sunday and spent a few hours soaking up the atmosphere and smelling the coal smoke. The RHLS volunteers had food tables set up so people could buy soft drinks, hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages and homemade desserts.
I've posted a video of the larger, ground level trains on a separate page. Use the link below.
These smaller locomotives were mainly powered by propane. They had amazing pulling power for their size. Ken is a big guy as you'll see at the end of the video. The train still managed to pull him around the 4 acre site.
There is no grade on this loop. You'll notice a third rail. It is to provide stability for the rolling stock carrying the passengers. You still have to be careful not to lean over to avoid tipping. I didn't see anyone have a problem while we were there. There were hundred of kids of all ages, from 6 months to over 90 years of age! Everyone had a great time. I've been meaning to go to one of these open house weekends for 20 years. I finally made it and I'm very glad I did.
More train videos can be accessed through my train videos overview page.
Go to a video of the larger trains at live steam videos.
Return from "live-steam-trains" to my Home Page.