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Richmond Hill Live Steamers


About the Club
Visitors' Information

Events for 2013

Birthday Parties


President's Welcome

Meeting Information


Our Club Property


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About the Club

The Richmond Hill Live Steamers is a non-profit live-steam club whose members are dedicated to building and operating scale model steam, electric and diesel locomotives.

The History of RHLS:
R.H.L.S. was formed by a small group of model engineers who decided they would like to operate their own track. Some of the founding members are still actively involved in the club and have been a driving force which has brought the club to the extensive facility that we all enjoy today. Through subscriptions, donations and not a little hard work over the past years, our track site, just north of Ballantrae, has been developed into the best facility in Ontario.

We have 4 gauges of track.

3 1/2" & 4 3/4" gauges run on another track we call "The High Line". The engines are powered by steam generated by burning coal. Some are battery powered electric engines and can pull several children or two or three adults.

5" & 7 1/4" gauge are on a "Ground Level" track. We have steam, electric & diesel powered engines which are capable of pulling 10 to 20 adults. This track is approximately 1800' long.

The whole site is situated in trees on a 3 3/4 acre lot on the southwest corner of St. John's Side Road and McCowan.

Visitors' Information:
In past years we have staged several Open House events during the summer months, offering rides to the public in return for small donations. During the last few years, the club has become such a popular attraction, that the crowds last summer could not be accommodated in a timely manner, or with the acceptable margin of safety. Regrettably the club has had to take the decision not to offer our four usual public Open House events for 2013.

A limited number of Birthday Parties or special events may be arranged by appointment. See details below.

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Events for 2013

No general public events are scheduled for 2013. See visitors information above.

Pre-booked birthday parties and other already scheduled events are offered as usual.

Donation boxes are available on the property during special events
~ all donations are used to maintain the club's property ~
Thank you for keeping live steam alive!

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Birthday Parties

RHLS offers a wonderful experience for your child's birthday party. Here's what you get:

~ Access to the club facilities including kitchen with fridge, stove and microwave
~ Use of the outside barbecue, propane included. Just bring your food and drinks. (But please clean the BBQ and take away all your garbage).
~ Toilet facilities
~ Continuous free train rides, often hauled by a real live steam locomotive

Suggestions, Safety and Rules
Rides are very safe but kids still need to be sensible. We suggest that you organise some open air games to help the kids "blow of steam" before they get on the trains. We also ask that you kindly take all garbage with you when you leave. We are in the country and cannot easily dispose of garbage.

As RHLS is a private, not for profit club we are not permitted to charge for our services. We love giving the kids train rides but, must rely on donations to help maintain the facilities and keep the trains running. Our Party Coordinator will be happy to discuss details with you when making your reservation.

As of the end of January 2013, this summer season is already heavily booked. If you are interested, please email our Party Coordinator to see if we can accommodate your request. We normally start taking reservations each year on January 1st.
Questions and Reservations: please contact: for details.

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The RHLS train track site is located in Ballantrae - 15922 McCowan Ave, one mile north of Aurora Road in trees on a 3 3/4 acre lot on the southwest corner of St. John's Side Road and McCowan Road.{approximately 45 minutes, north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada}. Click here for Location Map

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President's Welcome

I would like to offer a warm welcome from the official web-site of the Richmond Hill Live Steamers. (RHLS)...

The Richmond Hill Live Steamers was first established in 1977, by a group of steam train enthusiasts dedicated to preserving the rich history of these wonderful old engines. An interested farmer in the Stouville-Whitechurch area offered a small corner of his farm, approximately 3 3/4 acres, for a track setup. It has taken years of concentrated effort, of many, to make the property ours and the "dream" to become a "reality".

Today when you visit, you will view beautifully detailed, small replica models, of various, well known, steam, electric and diesel type engines. Many also have working tools and a range of accessories built to scale.

We now have a comfortable Club House filled with pictures and memorabilia. Our own railroad station and everything imaginable built to scale such as water towers, coal shuts, a small village, an old saw mill and even a gravel pit. Long stretches of track winds its way through a cool forest of trees, that boasts a wonderful, seasonal, cascade of colourful wild flowers. Our railroad would not be complete without bridges and an old type trestle, coloured flashing lights, smoke, whistles and children's laughter.

We are especially proud of our dual set of track installed 2009. It allows two trains to pass, going in opposite directions, enabling our passengers to wave and call to each other.

Not all members own an engine, but they all contribute with expertise or hard work.

We value and welcome all our visitors and thank them for their continuing support would be impossible to maintain and improve the property otherwise.

The RHLS invites you to come visit, ride the rails, and relive a most memorable part of our Canadian heritage.

Looking forward to seeing you soon...

Brian Burns,

R.H.L.S. President (written 2009)

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Meeting Information

Meetings for club members are held on the third Sunday of each month.

If you are interested in joining our club
- please contact Brian Burns at or Eric Motton at for club details.

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Property of RHLS ~~~ Property of RHLS
~~ Click on the above pictures for a larger view! ~~

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Our Club Property

The club operates on approximately 3 3/4 acres of treed property.
This large wooded area has two sections of track which travel through trees and over bridges. It makes for a very peaceful ride!

All donations offered to the club are used to maintain the club's property.
~ Thank you for keeping live steam alive!

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Contact Information

Brian Burns at or Eric Motton at

Website Designed and Maintained by: mingweb: contact can be made through RHLS's contact person.
All articles on this webpage were written by RHLS members or the RHLS President.

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This web site including all of its text, photographs, pages, content, logos and content are owned by Richmond Hill Live Steamers and are "Copyright© 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 by Richmond Hill Live Steamers" except where otherwise stated. No part of these pages may be published in any form without the express written permission from the club's current executive. "Publishing" includes copying for electronic redistribution (including publishing articles on other webpages or email) or printed copies. No part of these pages maybe sold without the express written permission of the club's current executive. You may only print a copy for your own personal use.

Violation of this copyright is illegal.

All articles on this webpage were written by RHLS members or the president.

This site contains links to other sites but Richmond Hill Live Steamers is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of these other web sites.

It would be appreciated if you provide a link back to this page. This is the correct way to share the content of this website. This page born and first published Spring 2001. August 2009 host moved from geocities to tripod.

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The Railway Association of Canada

Erin Mills Model Railroad Association Inc. ~ Mississauga, Ontario
Richmond Hill Live Steamers ~ Richmond Hill, Ontario
The Edmonton Model Railroad Association
Ottawa Valley Live Steamers and Model Engineers

Historical / Museums / Restoration :
Alberta Railway Museum
Canada Science & Technology Museum
South Simcoe Railway ~ Ontario's 1st Steam Heritage Railway
Southern Ontario Locomotive Restoration Society

Historical Model Railway Society ~ UK Railway Modellers, Historians & Enthusiasts
Hudson Bay Railway Page

Japanese Trains {not steam but very interesting ~ all articles in English}
JR's Project ~ neat info and pics here

Lists of Rail Sites:
RailsCanada ~ All Canadian Internet Search Engine & Directory
Live Steaming includes lists of clubs
Live Steam Tracks - Map on Google for North America - (if you get a message box saying permission denied - click okay and the map appears)

Large Scale Online
Railfan & Railroad Magazine ~ locomotives and diesels
Steam in the Garden ~ small scale live steam

Railroad Mania
Toy Trunk Railroad
RailServe ~ from collectibles to games, music to newsgroups, cams to photos, themes to screensavers, etc.

Tours / Transporation:
Algoma Central Railway ~ northern Ontario
Grand Canon Railway
Polar Bear Expess ~ from Cochrane it is 186 miles north to Moosonee
Prairie Dog Central ~ Winnipeg, Manitoba
Rocky Mountaineer Railtours ~ western Canada
Royal Canadian Pacific
Royal Hudson 2860 ~ between North Vancouver and Squamish
Toronto's Union Station ~ includes its history
Via Rail Canada
White Pass & Yukon Route Scenic Railroad ~ Skagway, Alaska

RHLS Members' WebPages:
Moe's Locomotive Works Limited ~ Moe Chaput ~ Canadian Site*

Web Pages {Personal}:
Dave H.'s Trains ~ Live Steam Locomotives ~ Canadian Site*
The Model Railroad ~ Magic Website
Railways in the Niagara Region
Dave's Trains, Inc. ~ postwar Lionel trains and trains from the Soviet Union

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