Our Member Railroads

Established 1972

Big Boots & Western RR Candler, FL

**7 ½  gauge  track** The railroad currently features over 3 miles of track, with a 65 foot or larger radii on the mainline, with a maximum grade of 2% and three separate freight yards and an industrial park. The track layout is set up to approximate the SAL and the ACL as they crisscross each other from North Florida to Central Florida. The main yard can accommodate 210 pieces of rolling stock and features remote controlled  switch tracks with track detection circuitry, double ladder tracks at both ends and a drill track for building up trains without fouling the mainline. Next to the main yard is our drive through transfer table and 8 steaming bays. Our transfer table can lift 40′ of equipment up to 8 feet high in one lift. The other two yards will accommodate another 100 pieces of rolling stock. The railroad features Bi-directional running with 28 signals and plenty of passing sidings with many route options. We have more than 125 switch tracks, 5 diamonds, 2 wyes and two turnaround loops providing a lot of operation, a lot of shade covered tracks and a 60′ tunnel. The pavilion is complete with ice machine, refrigerator, TV, VCR, DVD and surround sound stereo system. Located adjacent to the pavilion is a beautiful paved picnic area with a lot of picnic tables and a bonfire pit. There is plenty of parking for R/V s and 13 service poles  with 15-30 amp electric and water. We also have a complete bath house with toilet and shower and laundry machines. For more info or campground reservations contact: Capt. John Boots info@bigbootsrr.com or call 352 509-1587.

Work sessions are now Thursday mornings, call prior to coming to make sure that we will be there.

NE Fla Live Steamers & RRs  Palm Coast FL

7 1/2″ Gauge track, the club now has property and tracks in the ground.  More information at NORTHEASTFLORIDARAILROAD.COM

By Appointment Only

Scheduled work sessions every Thursday & Saturday.

Third Saturday of the month is Membership Run Day, all live steamers are always invited.

Tradewinds & Atlantic R. R.  Coconut Creek, FL

** 7 1/2 gauge** Elevated G scale and O scale tracks.  3 loops of G scale, one is dual gauge G / 2 rail O scale, and also 1 loop of 3 rail O scale track.  Track is approx 120 feet long.**   This track is located in a Broward County Park and is enjoyed by the general public on the third Sat/Sun of each month.  It boasts a track around a lake, souvenir sales, secure equipment facilities, yard tracks and a turntable/steaming bay area.  Any month that has five weekends, the club schedules a run day to enjoy the fruits of their labors.

Scheduled runs are the 3rd weekend of each month 

Manatee Central Rail Road  Parrish, FL

  **7 1/2 gauge, Gauge 1** a pond for steam boats, a shady area for hit and miss, and bring and brag.**   This track covers two five-acre private sites that comprise a well laid out track plan with four separate unloading areas, two separate steaming bays and two hydraulic lifts. One mile of mainline and one mile of sidings and yards.  Self contained camping is available on limited basis at the meets.  Call to check availability of open sites. NEW, minimum radius on track is now 52 ft.

Work sessions every Sunday

Ridge Live Steamers  Dundee, FL

**7 ½ “ Gauge**    7400 feet of mainline (14,800 when running bi-directional with signals) and 10.300 feet of sidings and yards built in an old orange grove.   Ridgelines boasts one tunnel, 4 bridges and 2 trestles, has a ruling grade of 1.5 %, minimum mainline radius of 65 feet and a by-pass track of 3.3% to challenge the ability of engineers and equipment.    There is a 180 foot, 4 track loop of elevated Gauge 1 and G Gauge.   RLS has limited parking spaces which can be used by visiting RV’ers with advanced permission. Email info@Ridgelivesteamers.org for more information.

Work sessions: 1st, 2nd,& 3rd Saturday of the month.

Runs on 4th Saturday of the month.

Largo Central R. R.  Largo, FL

** 7 1/2 gauge ** This track is located in a City Park that has a good unloading area and yard storage tracks.  A well thought out track plan makes for an interesting and enjoyable ride.  Public rides are given on the 1st full weekend of each month.  To run on this track all engines must be equipped with a headlight and a rear light on the end of the train even during the day.  It becomes apparent for this as you go through the recently installed tunnel that is pitch black in the middle.  Another interesting feature is the ride over the pond. Much new track and new crossties are now being installed

Runs are on the first full weekend of each month.

Central Pasco and Gulf R. R.   Brooksville, FL

** 7 1/2 gauge ** This track is located in Crews LakeWilderness Park. A very rapidly growing with approx two miles of track in operation with plans for approx 15,000 ft eventually. The railroad is based upon the Orange Belt Railway which ran through Pasco County.A new section of track just opened. There are two sets of steaming bays, larege yard areas, an unloading/transfer table, numerous enclosed car barns, and an air conditioned club house. Operations are controlled by a fully automatic signal system.

Work sessions each Saturday, public runs are on second Saturdays.  

Veterans Memorial R. R.   Bristol, FL

** Two foot gauge ** Scenic 1 1/2 mile track located in Veterans Memorial Park. Amenities include a 3000 sq ft station, two tunnels and a 400 foot trestle through a cypress wet land. A passing siding is under construction which will allow decreased waiting time for our riders at special events. We operate a NAD (National Amusement Device, the original roller coaster co.) Century Flyer trainset dating to the 1950s. It is propane fired and is “Old Reliable” since it does most of the passenger hauling. We also have a 1962 Crown 4-4-0 that ran at Lion Country Safari. It is coal fired and believed to be the only one of its kind in a Florida Park. We are restoring a 1960s NAD steam outline that was in western movies at Old Tucson Studios. It is one of only 10 or 12 made. We are also the only park train with two NAD trains on the roster. We host special events at Halloween and Christmas with more in the planning stages. We display over 15,000 lights at Christmas.

Public runs are on second Saturday of each month. 

Grand Concourse R. R.   Shady Hills, FL

Located in Pasco County on Rte.52, west of the Suncoast Parkway at 11919 Alric Pottberg Rd. Shady Hills, Florida 34610 We are located on The Concourse property which is the 1st drive, on the north side of 52, just west of the Racetrak Gas Station. We have a transfer table and 3 steaming bays, a 4 track visitors yard that will be over 100 ft long, 30×70 12 track, equipment barn, 20×30 shop, a 35×70 station which has our office, restrooms, wifi, and a 3 track passenger platform. To Contact us call Larry at 352.207.0222 text or talk, no voice mail, Bill at 727.639.7639, or go to our Facebook page Grand Concourse Railroad where you can leave a message. We have10 20amp campsites that can be used during meets, that are close to the restrooms. No sewer or water hookups but water is available.

Sebring System Railroad, Sebring FL

Comprised of three privately owned railroads that are independent and interconnected covering a total of 20 acres, each railroad has two routes to and from each adjoining property.  Each railroad has a station close to their respective house.  Traffic control is via an automatic block signaling system.  Green: allows you to proceed.  ORANGE: proceed with caution.  RED: means STOP.

Sorry to let some steamers know we are a liquid fuel only railroad. Propane and oil-fired boilers are allowed.  Solid fuels are discouraged due to our dry undergrowth and the risk of fires.  The System is supported by volunteers whom become badge carrying ‘members’ through work effort.  Please contact the particular owner if you wish to stop by to help or run your equipment. 

Sebring System North: ‘Route of the Palmetto’

The track is approximately 5,000 feet with 41 switches, 7 passing loops, a 28 foot 3 track car barn and a 12 foot 4 track engines shed. Several hook-up spaces for trailers and recreational vehicles are available if you call ahead.  Contact: Brian Roberts  Email: Roberts.brian@verizon.net C: 703-402-8957

Sebring System Central: Lake Osbourne, Hypoluxo & Sebring RR. ‘Route of the Barefoot Mailman’

Located at the next driveway past Brian’s, Central has the hydraulic loading ramp with 3 steaming bays. After loading/unloading, your equipment vehicle and trailer parking is at Sebring North.  Close to 2,000 feet of track and over 22 switches , 4 passing loops are installed.  Contact: Bruce Elder C: 863-273-4206 

Sebring System West: Home of the Get Off & Push Railroads.  ‘We put our sole into moving your load’

Under construction are 2 separate railroads – a 7.5” and a 2ft gauge. The 7.5” north loop of 1200 feet connects into Central and a basic mainline operation in the System.  The south loop portion is under construction having completed the wye junction.   The 2ft will comprise relaying the 2000 feet of track and possibly 3000 total when the west loop is added.  The four track service yard will have a turntable and water tower.

 Contact: Ed Archer Email: edarcher@bellsouth.net C: 561-352-8819

There are currently around 30 layouts in 1-1/2 scale (or larger) in Florida.  They will be listed here when they send in their information.  If there is new information or upgrades to the above descriptions, please forward it to the webmaster