We had an amazing start to the 2014 season this past weekend. Thank you to everyone who turned out to help make it such a success. We gave 426 rides, and received $15 in other donations and $90 in memberships.

Of this, one membership was a renewal and two were new members, so we welcome Andy Pacheco and Chris Peterson to the club. In addition we have another new application in process and several visitors took away application forms.

If you have not yet paid your 2014 membership dues we would greatly appreciate you mailing them to our PO Box 4594, Santa Rosa, CA 95402-4594, or bringing them to the next run weekend.

Now that the city have approved our construction of the eastern loop over to Fulton Road we need all the help and funds that we can muster!

See you in June.

There will be a slight delay as we gear up for train rides this season in the park.

We are working closely with the Santa Rosa City Parks department to develop a long term agreement that will allow us to better serve park visitors not only this summer, but for many more to come!

Please bear with us as we work together to make youth community park an even friendlier family environment. We are looking forward to serving you again this spring!

See you at the park!   

Don’t miss your last chance to ride the trains in the park!


October 5th and 6th will be our last operating days for the season.

Come out and ride the trains for a fun fall run!

This past summer has proven to be a great success with new steam locomotives making appearances in the park along with our trusty diesel locomotive.  It’s been a lot of fun offering rides to park visitors and we hope to be back next spring with even more to offer you.

Thanks for riding with the Redwood Empire Live Steamers and see you next spring!

Redwood Empire Live Steamers will again be participating at the 2013 Fall Train and Home Shows at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa. We will be offering train rides to rail enthusiasts of all ages in the Shade Park from noon until 7:00 pm on Friday 20th. September and from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm on both Saturday 21st. and Sunday 22nd. Please come and share the fun with us.
Check out the show website at
for more information.
We will also be at Youth Community Park on October 5th. and 6th for our final train run of this year. 

Bring your family to Youth Community Park on August 3rd and 4th for fun filled days riding our steam and diesel trains

Bring your family to Youth Community Park on August 3rd and 4th for fun filled days riding our steam and diesel trains
Join us between 12:00 noon and 4:00 pm  to enjoy the thrill of riding 1:5 and 1:8 scale locomotives celebrating Santa Rosa’s railroading history. 
Bring a picnic and make it a party!

Chavez Locomotive

Hello All.

I took some photos of the Chavez Locomotive with the idea that the museum could make a poster with a photo and information about the engine and the donors. Attached are some of the photos. Note that the locomotive look so much better with the brass polished up.


There are also photos of the work Jim and I did today. We stripped down the engine in Jim garage by removing the cab, running boards, plumbing, turret, domes, stack, jackets, bands and bell. We then move the engine to Jims shop to use the overhead hoist to remove the boiler.

We spent the rest of the day going over many issues in the chassis including valve gear, spring rigging, front pilot truck. The machine work so far looks very good.

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Another switch!

More progress is being made on the redwood empire live steamers track at Youth Community Park. Dave resisted the siren song of the train show in Santa Rosa and instead, spent the day out at youth Community Park adding a switch to our track. Theis is all  part of the “Y” project that will allow us to turn trains around on the main line and make operations much easier to perform.