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Long Island Live Steamers, Southaven Park Long Island, The Best kept secret of Long Island
The next scheduled
Public Run Day
will be Sunday
July 13th!

Come early and stay late, but plan now for a great family day of Train Riding Action.

Long Island Live Steamers Membership information and Members Only Area
LI Live Steamers operations are all outdoors and are dependent upon reasonable weather for safe operation. Always check the weather before making your way to the track.

        Passenger Rules

  1. Children must be capable of WALKING to trains UNASSISTED to ride groundline trains.
  2. Children must be at least FOUR YEARS of age to ride HIGHLINE trains
  3. No Use of cameras, cell phones, or other portable electronic devices while the train is in motion.
  4. No leaning or rocking of cars, sit centered on the benches.
  5. Remain seated at all times, keep your arms & legs tucked in close and your feet on the running boards.
  6. Stay in the center of the seat.
  7. For their own safety, pregnant women are NOT allowed to ride.
  8. Remain seated at all times, even if the train stops, unless directed to do otherwise by the engineer, brakeman, or other safety personnel.
  9. If asked to detrain, please follow the instructions of Track Personnel.

    Visitor Info

While the Long Island Live Steamers may be called the best kept secret on Long Island, there's another little secret we're about to divulge. Riding a scale model train around and around just isn't as much fun when you do it alone. Seeing a small child, or a 40 something inner child smiling and laughing makes all the work so much more worth while. We LOVE showing off our trains and we invite you to join us on our Public Run Days.

LILS is located in Southaven County Park in eastern Long Island, NY. Our facilities include a souvenir shop, and snack bar, as well as shaded picnic areas with the best views of our operations areas and steaming bays.

Visitors can arrive as early as 9:30 and watch our steamers "Steaming up," building their fires and the steam pressure needed to operate. It takes about an hour or so, and this is the perfect time to ask the builder/engineer/fireman the many questions that come to mind about that mystical era of steam power. But please be certain to REMAIN BEHIND THE FENCES in these and all other areas.

From the steaming bays, you can wander over near our diesel roundhouse to watch the "growlers," a steamer's mildly disparaging term for diesel locomotives, being brought out to build their consist (the term for the assembled train of engine and cars) for the days run. At this point you are just across from the ticket booth, so stop in early and get your tickets for the day's rides. While there is no "charge" for rides, you must have a ticket to ride, and at the ticket booth, you have an opportunity to make a generous donation to support our railroad.

From the ticket booth passengers move to either the highline or groundline (the tickets and stations are different so you decide at the ticket booth) to wait for the next available train.

Your train will depart from one of four tracks on the ground line, (we run as many as eight or more trains simultaneously). Leaving Southaven Station you will loop the main line twice, negotiating switches, crossovers and a portion of the 8.5 acres of shaded Suffolk County Parkland detraining at Jamaica Station. You will see our signals change as your train enters sections, possibly with another "local" waiting for your "express" to pass. If you choose the highline you will enjoy an even more rural ride through the natural park land, all the while wondering how that impossibly small engine can pull your full trainload of children and adults.

Our 2012 operating schedule can be found in the Events section and Directions to the club are just a click away as well. We offer trackside picnic tables so your family can watch the trains while you enjoy your lunch. Southaven Park offers many other activities to round out your day. 

Don't forget to visit our Picture Gallery and pages detailing our Club Engines as well as our Members' Engines.

We hope you enjoy your on-line visit and hope to see you at the track soon!

Our Public Run days are usually scheduled for the second and last Sundays of the month from May through October.