About Us

 St. Louis Live Steamers Golden Spike

St. Louis Live Steamers The SLLS was offered a site in Kircher Park by the City of Eureka Parks and Recreation Department. After many months devoted to legal matters, planning and surveys, track construction began in August, 2005. First the roadbed for a dual gauge track layout was graded and graveled. The first phase of construction in what is eventually to be a more elaborate layout, consists of a thousand foot main line, a reverse loop, passing sidings, a service area for locomotives, and two storage/workshop structures. Using shovels, wheelbarrows, small tractors, and a lot of muscle, over 600 hundred tons of gravel have been spread in since 2005. Crews continue to work every Saturday, and on some weekdays, in every season no matter how hot or cold the weather. The very highest standards of design and construction are employed to assure that the resulting track is durable and safe for many years of operation. Thousands of feet of aluminum rail and tens of thousands of screws, bolts, and nuts have been used in track construction. Many dual gauge track switches have been fabricated and more are to come. Additionally, thousands of feet of recycled plastic lumber were purchased to provide environmentally friendly, rot resistant stock, for ties onto which the rails can be "spiked". The track is built in ten-foot dual gauge sections on a workbench and assembled on the ground. The SLLS uses rails spaced 7.5 inches apart for 1.5 inch scale model steam and diesel railroad locomotives and trains. A narrower rail spacing of 4.75 inches is used to accommodate one-inch scale equipment. In addition to track laying, the SLLS did the digging and pouring for substantial concrete piers, and placed on them two forty foot "international shipping containers". These, after cleaning and painting, provide workshop and storage facilities for the SLLS. A large lift/transfer table able to accommodate locomotive up to 14 feet in length has been constructed to assist in unloaded locomotives and rolling stock brought out to Kircher Park. The St. Louis Live Steamers, Inc. (SLLS) is a tax-exempt organization under IRS Code, Section 501 (c) (3). Contributions to the SLLS are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Contributions, sorely needed and much appreciated, can be sent to the SLLS Treasurer, Robert Richardson, 1210 Deer Ridge Drive, St. Louis, MO 63135-1258.

Anyone interested in the activities of the SLLS is urged to come out to Kircher Park, Williams Road at I-44 in Eureka, on any Saturday morning for a visit, or to contact the SLLS at: info@stlouislivesteamers.org.

 

                           New members are always welcome to join us!