Erie Metro Live Steamers is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) group based in Sandusky, Ohio that promotes railroad history, railroad safety, railroad education and the live steam community. The club operates an ever-growing layout of 7.5-inch gauge track and has around ten public runs (Where the public can ride at no cost) per year. The members of Erie Metro Live Steamers have miniature trains that range from a basic battery operated 3-foot long engine to advanced much larger miniature trains that run off of steam and are powered by propane. Erie Metro Live Steamer's track is operated at the East Sandusky Bay Metro Park and is run though a partnership with the Metroparks. Erie Metro Live Steamers offers a unique opportunity to give community groups a hands-on learning experience that is not possible with smaller gauges (that are too small to ride) or larger life size trains that are too costly and regulated to allow children any meaningful interaction with the railroad equipment.
The Erie Metro Live Steamers is a welcoming and diverse group that works hard to not only follow their mission statement, but also works at creating a better local community. The membership roster is almost as diverse as the trains that are run, with the member’s ages ranging from grade school to close to 100, a healthy balance of male and female as well as member's employment ranging the full spectrum from healthcare to education to engineering as well as even a couple members who work on a real life railroad.
All of the miniature rails, trains, switchers, loading platforms and everything else that goes into a railroad is all built by the members or donated to us by local organizations, foundations or individual members. The trains range from simple plywood cars to metal steam engines that are true museum pieces. Many of the members do not own their own train and enjoy working on the railroad's large track layout. The club usually gathers to work (weather permitting) on Thursday nights from 6pm-8pm and Saturday’s from noon to 2pm. If you have a love of railroads, model trains or miniature anything, stop on by during a work night and introduce yourself.