By Richard Palmer
What better way to spend a summer-like day than riding and watching trains, even if they are miniaturized versions of the real thing? At Marengo, a remote area some 40 miles west of Syracuse, literally thousands of young and old alike twice a year to the semi-annual public open house of the Finger Lakes Live Steamers at Marengo has grown to be a tremendously popular event, drawing large crowds of parents and children to ride and watch trains of different gauges in one of the rural corners of Wayne County "somewhere" between Lyons and Clyde.
The Finger Lakes Live Steamers is an educational non-profit organization started in 1969 by people interested in building and operating large scale model railroad equipment. Locomotives are powered by steam, internal combustion, or electric batteries.
Members are experienced in railroading, machine shop practice, model building and related activities. Skills in these areas are quickly attained and we welcome anyone with an interest in this hobby and a desire to learn.
Members often work on projects at the club on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and regularly run trains on Saturday afternoons from the middle of May through the middle of October. For further information go to http://fingerlakeslivesteamers.org. Here is a selection of photos taken at the most recent open house on a glorious early autumn day.
Here are some photos of the most recent open house.