Engineer Luke running the club's Hunter Atlantic with his grandmother Helga on board

The Golden Gate Live Steamers club is always open to prospective members and there is no special requirements for joining other than a genuine interest in railroad model engineering.  Ownership of a steam or diesel engine and/or rolling stock is not a pre-requisite for obtaining membership.  And any member who is interested in learning the basics or fine points of operating a steam locomotive can be trained on one of the club’s steam engines including the ones used to pulll the Public Train.  

Some of our dedicated workers Bob Morris, Paul Thompson and Mark Johnson

As a volunteer organization, members are expected to participate in building & grounds upkeep and maintenance along with special projects designed to improve the overall operation of the club track at Tilden Park.

Member Steve Woods is working on one of our club engines

Activities at the club facility include monthly meetings, progress reports by those building special projects, Open House for the public and Spring & Fall Meets for members & visiting guests from other live steam clubs.  Special events (eg. Small Scale Meet or the New Year Day Chili Run) may be held from time to time through out the year.  

Sundays are “run days” along with free rides available for the public from Noon until about 3 pm weather & staff permitting.  Volunteers in the positions of engineer, brakeman and station master are always needed to assist with this popular public train operation.

On occasions, Sunday lunch may be available for purchase by club members for a small amount provided that there is a club member chef present.  Lunch fare is normally hamburger and hot dogs where sodas are available for purchase in the club house.

Treasurer John Lisherness and former secretary Jim Dameron worked on the cutoff track

There is a work day every Thursday for those with spare time & energy and the Saturday following the monthly club meeting is reserved for larger projects that may require much more bodies to complete.  Most members have donated valuable professional advice, assistance and material that allow the club to be self-sufficient and to complete most projects without hiring outside help.  Without the hard work of our membership, our railroad club could not exist.

To qualify for membership, one is required to attend two monthly meetings.  You first need to attend a monthly club meeting, introduce yourself and obtain a membership application from the Membership chairman  secretary Sammy Tamez or Secretary Matt Petch.  You then need to come to the following monthly club meeting and hand in the application with the yearly club dues (pro-rated based on membership date).  Unfortunately, the club is essentially an adult-oriented bunch of individuals with a passion for live steaming and model engineering.  This relaxed & laid back attitude provide limited activities for kids & teens but does provide an opportunity for the sharing of a common interest between parent & child.

We always welcome people with a genuine interest in railroading and model engineering.  Monthly meetings are usually held on the second Sunday of the month at promptly at 10 am in the clubhouse at the track but check the calendar page for actual dates.   

Happy Railroading & Model Engineering!