About MLS

The Maricopa Live Steamers Railroad Heritage Preservation Society is a club for people who enjoy preserving the heritage of railroading. Club members and visitors enjoy two facets of our hobby:

  • The first are those who research and build scale steam locomotives and modern diesels.
  • The second are those who simply love railroading. They enjoy running, track switching, hauling and doing maintenance.

Our membership comprises people from around the Phoenix metropolitan area and non-resident members who live outside a 75 mile radius. We offer junior membership for those interested in railroading who are under the age of 18.

Many of our members build their own locomotives and cars. Other members either have their engines built or run club equipment.

We offer free rides to the public each Sunday (except Mid-May through August) from Noon till 5:00 p.m. Club business meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month. See our calendar for meeting dates and times.

During the hot summer months, between the beginning of May and the beginning of September, we do not offer rides to the public, but if you are a visiting railroader, you are welcome to drop by. If you plan to bring your locomotive to the railroad, please read our Operating Guidelines.

During the months in which we offer free rides to the public we serve hundreds of passengers every Sunday and the number is growing as more and more people become aware of the park. Many passengers are repeat riders who return several times after discovering the thrill and beauty of our desert railroad. Natural beauty and wildlife is everywhere!