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Old news is archived and can be read here on the news archive page.


On March 15th, 2018 Betty McKenzie passed away unable to recover from a flu type illness. Betty was 94 years of age. She is survived by three sons, Grant, Alan and Dale, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She is buried along with her husband of over 50 years at East Lawn Cemetery in Sacramento, Ca.
At the very beginning of the Sacramento Valley Live Steamers club there was no club track, no club equipment, nothing except two dozen or so people that shared a dream of a live steam club in the Sacramento area. At that time the nascent group met at each others houses to plan a future that would hopefully result in a club track. The house that was open for the most meetings and had the best hosts belonged to the McKenzie's. Earl, a gruff looking ex Western Pacific steam locomotive mechanic with a heart of gold and his wife Betty, a beauty that made the best chili and made sure their guests wanted for nothing.
During this period the club members laid about a hundred feet of 4-3/4" gage track for a Western Pacific Mikado Earl was building along one side of his house. Again Betty was a wonderful hostess making sure the work crews were wanting for naught. It was on this track the infamous movie of this authors tee shirt being blown about by the exhaust of his 1" scale 0-6-0 being tested on air while he was sitting on the boiler. No tender having been built yet. Betty, as well as everyone else, still chuckles at that slightly embarrassing debacle whenever I would visit and the home movies came out.


Art Crisp Died November 2nd.  Art was an associate member for the last 10 years.


Memorial Service for Anne Sach 

June 17th at 3:30PM

            7th Day Adventist Church   

914 Cirby Way

Roseville, California    


Anne Sach passed away  peacefully in her sleep this morning, April 28, 2017. We know she is out of pain and in a better place.  Thank you who have sent your prayers to us and to keep us in your prayers as we go forward.    The Sach family.



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Charles(Chuck) Barnes of Modesto, CA passed away February 20th, 2017 after an illness.  Chuck was a SVLSRM member since 2009. 

Arrangements: Allen Mortuary, Turlock.  

UPDATE  12/26  (Monday)  Trailer and trains were found. 

SVLSRM member Jim Welch train trailer with train inside was stolen Friday night.
See news stories:  
Has been reported to CHP.    Please watch and report to CHP if seen.

 happy Holiday

 happy new year

NEW YEARS DAY 2017 Members Run Day 

Let’s start the New Year with a lot of steam, or smelly diesel and bring out your locomotive, rolling stock and enjoy a members run day on January 1, 2017.

Bring food to share (potluck) for lunch.

Mark your calendar for Sunday January 1. 

Running starts at 10 AM and lunch about 1 PM.  

Ring in the New Year’s Day behind your equipment and with fellow railroad members.


Freind and member Tom Lutrel passed away on October 17th.  He was always great to be around.  Tom was a member since 2007.
Funeral is:  November 5th, 2016     6PM      
First Baptist Church
3033 Bonifacio St.
Concord, California 94519





 Sacramento Valley Live Steamers Railroad Museum 

General Membership Meeting Agenda 

July 17, 2016 at 1:00pm 

I. Call meeting to order 

II. Attendance 

III. Financial Report 

IV. New Business 

a. Board of Directors proposes the establishment of a “Track Fund” to save for the purchase of rail and tie material 

b. Board of Directors proposes $1000 seed money to be transferred from the Insurance Fund to the Track Fund 

c. Board of Directors proposes $1000 seed money to be transferred from the Locomotive Fund to the Track Fund 

d. Board of Directors proposes $2500 seed money to be transferred from the General Fund to the Track Fund 

e. Board of Directors proposes revision of the disbursement percentage allocations as follows: 

“20% Insurance, 20% Locomotive, 20% Track, 40% General” 


f. Board of Directors needs approval to spend up to $4500 for the purchase of rail and tie material 

g. Board of Directors seeks approval to increase the one-time new member track fee from $30 to $40, and designate 100% of said fee to Track Fund, effective Jan 1, 2017 


V. Adjournment of meeting 

Golden Gate Live Steamers (GGLS) will celebrating their 80th Anniversary as the oldest live steam club in the Untied States. To celebrate this, they are planning on having an Anniversary Meet.

The dates will be August 5th-7th.

Visit their web site for latest information and download registration form if you want to attend.
They want to celebrate their success with fellow live steamers. 

If you would like to attend, send your registration form ASAP.
 GGLS 80th

Long time SVLSRM member and locomotive builder Joe Yetter passed away on April 10, 2016.
Joe was known for building two Daylight locomotives and had just finished a 4-10-2 that first ran in Fall 2015.
Joe Yetter and engines
Joe's newest locomotive 

Board meeting date change.  Starting in May 2016 the board meeting will be on the 2nd Monday of each month.  
Same location.  Rancho Cordova city hall.

 James Lester Hoback passed away Sunday, October 25th in Sonora Regional Medical Center, Sonora.  Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home are handling the arrangements.


2015 Fall meet photos are now posted.  There are two folders to view.

Thanks to Robert Forren, Donald Yungling, & Bill Yoder 


Correction to our schedule,  Members run day for June is on the Sunday 21st (not the 20th).
This day is also Fathers day, so what better day than that to play with your train.
Members come out and join fellow members and play trains.
Pot luck lunch - bring and share. 

 Robert (Bob) Harold of Carson City, NV. died 4/14/2015,  he was a member of SVLSRM since 2000, also a member of Northern Nevada Live Steamers (NNLS), and Train Mountain. 
There will be no service here but there will be a viewing on Friday at Walton’s Funeral home from 2:00 to 4:00     Carson City at 1281 N. Roop Street.
 Bob Harold

New schedule for public rides, First Weekend of March - October starting at 11 AM to 3 PM.   See schedule for changes or additional events.


Robert Reedy passed away on July 22 in Santa Cruz.   Robert had remainded a member of SVLSRM.  He was a skilled machinist and enjoyed the Live Steam hobby.   
The celebration of his life will be held on August 3 at 1 PM at the Santa Cruz Bible Church, 440 Frederick St, Santa Cruz. - See more at: 



See photos from 2014 Spring meet  here 





Earl L. Rogers, III aka Bud Rogers and fellow member of SVLSRM,  passed away Thursday morning, April 10, 2014, 



Red Hadler has passed away this week.  He lost his fight with leukemia.,  I had several praises  from people that made an effort to give blood to Red and how he had been very helpful to them learning about the hobby.   

Red Hadler Funeral and Celebration of life info:

Wed, Apr 2, 2014 3:00pm - 8:00pm
Herberger Family Elk Grove Funeral Chapel
9101 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove, CA 95624

Thurs, Apr. 3, 2014 12:30 pm
Sacramento Valley National Cemetery - Dixon
5810 Midway Rd., Dixon, CA 95620

Celebration of Life:
Fri, Apr. 4, 2014 6:00pm
California State Railroad Museum

Please RSVP by April 3rd to: Susannah Rominger, at (916) 445-7373 or E-mail: srominger@parks.ca.gov 








Thanks to Donald Yungling for sharing photos.

Finaly some 2013 Fall Meet pictures thanks to Rober Forren.



Visit Meet Photos in index to the left. 


If others would like to share photos from the meet please sent to Editor.  



Bruce Eaton passed away 17 Nov 2013 in Redding, CA.  He was a long time member of SVLS and of Golden Gate Live Steamers, not to mention Train Mountain.  His business was "The Car Shop/Shinglecreek RR" at his house near Shingletown, CA.  He was a very skilled locomotive and rolling stock fabricator.  He was also a very respected dental lab specialist, (Eaton Dental Lab).  He will be missed my many in the live steam hobby, about which he was very passionate.
Arrangements are by Lawncrest Chapel in Redding (530-222-1587)
 Thanks to Charlie Meinershagen  for the notice.


Jeanette Marie daughter of Betty Arney passed away on November 16th.

Family and friends are welcome to attend her Memorial Service on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 11:00 AM at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 7869 Kingswood Dr., Citrus Heights.
In Lieu of flowers Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Mark's Lutheran Church or A Community for Peace, 6060 Sunrise Vista Rd., Citrus Heights, CA 95610. 


 Colfax Railroad Days


The 39th anniversary date is July 20,21. We have a train fest meet Sep 14 & 15 end of the year get together. SVLS & GGLS are welcome at both meets.


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Towle Brothers Railroad
 Placer-Sierra Railroad Heritage Society based in Colfax, CA announces the publication of a new book on Towle Brothers Company, authored by Roger Staab, PSRHS historian.  Maps, photos, newspaper quotes and integrating text follow the evolution of Towle Brothers’ lumber operations and their narrow gauge logging railroad in Placer and Nevada Counties in the late 1800's, along with the rise and fall of the town of Towle established by Towle Brothers to support their lumber businesses.  The book also touches on the accomplishments of some of the descendants of the extended Towle Brothers family.

Roger will make a presentation on Towle Brothers at the Sierra Narrow Gauge Conference being held at the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum in Nevada City June 18-21.  Copies of the book will be available at the conference.  The book can also be ordered on-line at  www.thebookpatch.com
Click on the bookstore tab, then search for ‘Towle Brothers’. 

Proceeds from sale of the book go toward PSRHS historic preservation and education activities.


Rod Clifton Memorial service will be held December 21, 2012 at 1:00 PM at the Green Valley Community Church.

3500 Missouri Flat Road
Placerville, CA 95667
Phone: 530-622-3231 

Take US 50 towards Placerville.   Take exit #43 El Dorado Rd. Turn Left onto El Dorado Rd, in 1.1 mile turn Left onto Missouri Flat Rd.



Notice General Membership meeting Friday Nov 16th 7:30 PM at Hagan Park meeting room #1 (large on on left).   Short meeting & Elections,  Special vdeo on UP snow service, Social time and Snacks.   Please join us. 





NaDene Willes passed away on November 4, 2012.  NaDene and Ken have have been members of the club for many years. 

Services are Saturday (Nov. 10th) at 10AM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Goethe Park Ward Chapel at 2400 Cordova Lane, Rancho Cordova

 Our condolences to Ken, Terry and the family.



 Join us for a scarry GHOST train ride for Halloween.   These train rides will be October 26,27,30, & 31 7 to 10pm.



Steve Kennedy, age 56, suddenly died Aug. 20th.  Steve, and father-in-law Frank Bartholomew, both joined SVLS this year.  Steve was a Mail Carrier from Fair Oaks.  They just ran trains here on Sunday, July 29th and brought a group of kids from Elk Grove and Mariposa.  


NOTICE:  The SVLSRM Fall Meet will now be held October 19-21.  This was moved from September since we wanted cooler weather and we could since the "Haunted House" moved outside the park this year thus freeing up the space.  



We will still being doing our "Ghost train" rides the last weekend and the 30 & 31 of October. 

Please join us for the Fall Meet and come out the following week to help with setup or running the "Ghost train"

Thank You



Funeral services at Lassila Lincoln Funeral Home

406 H Street


Lincoln, CA


Thursday July 12,2012

Viewing 10:00-11:00 am

Funeral 11:00 am  


Vern Geyer passed away on Friday July 6th, 2012.  Vern joined SVLS in the early 1990's.   He was very active member and served on the board of directors for many years.   Our condolences to Clio and family.



Thanks to all that worked to make our Our annual Pacific Regional Meet a great event.

Thanks to all that brought their engines and trains making this a great train meet.



Pete Arney passed away on Friday March 9th, 2012

Pete was a SVLSRM member for over 10 years and had served as Club  president.  He was a very hard worker for the club. 

Memory video 

There will be services at St. Marks Lutheran Church on March 18th at  3:30pm
address is:  

7869 Kingswood Dr
Citrus Heights, CA  

We still need help to finish the track replacement before our first public run day.  We have been slowed by the loss of our tractor which was stolen from locked container.  The tractor was a 1951 Fergerson red/orange in color, has front loader.  If you see it then please call the Rancho Cordova Police.  We are offering a $1000 reward for its reutrn in same condition as taken.

This Tuesday Jan 24 workday is canceled due to rain/wet ground.   Please make an effort to come out on Saturday.
Please note we are scheduling every Saturday during the month of January and February a workday.  We are replacing 440 feet of track/roadbed so your help is needed.   There are other projects for those that prefer something different.
Contact Bill for additional info. 

January membership meeting is canceled.

Stay tuned for new location for February. 


New appointments were approved at the January Board of Directors meeting.

Dennis Gramith as Vice President.
Amy Lutrel as Membership Chairperson.
Paul Skidmore as Safety Chairperson. 

 January 1, 2012 is our annual members run day.   Start the year with lots of steam!

Bring your train and ride the rails.  Bring a pot-luck lunch to share.   




Join us at the Colfax Railroad Days October 1 & 2. SVLS will have its steamer running on our portable track near the community center. The Western Pacific Railroad Museum will have a collection of historic rolling stock for public tour.  Historic and Documentary films,  Motor car rides and other exhibits.  





Notice: July Membership meeting changed to be at the track on Sunday July 17 at 12:30.   This day is also our Member run day (all day) so bring your train and ride the rails.  This is a good time to bring your new projects to show.  Please join us for a pot luck lunch too.  


Notice: The June board meeting is changed to June 21. 



Memorial Day Open House in Modesto
We at the Break Time Railroad in Modesto (est. 1989) are having an open house on Memorial Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 28/29.  We have almost a real mile of 7.5" gauge track and you (with or without your train) would be most welcome to join us.  Here's a map to our pike:  http://tinyurl.com/27bvvbk , and here's a link to pictures on Photobucket:  http://tinyurl.com/2eprse3 
If you have any questions, please contact Mark Spencer at mark@jellofish.net  or 209 522-5125 (home) or 209 681-5223 (cell). 
Thanks, we hope you can come!







The Pacific Regional Meet May 20-22


For details on Regional meet and the CSRM tour please contact Matt Mason (916) 812-0055

Please do not contact the State Railroad Museum about the tour as Matt is the point of contact.


Special SVLSRM memorial dedication will be at 3pm.  


RV parking and Dinner reservations please call Clio Geyer (916) 645-9154 


Bring your engine and join us for several days of running trains.


Day and night running.


Consignment table.



Breakfast (Sat. & Sun.)


Dinner (Friday $5., Saturday $12.50)


See you at the track. 




The CSRM shop tour is on Sunday at 2 p.m. It will be led by Al DiPaolo, CMO of the Railroad Museum. It is limited to 30 people, but there is no charge for it if you are coming for the meet (usually there is a $15+ charge for tickets for this kind of tour). 

For those attending the meet and wanting to go, they will need to contact Matt Mason directly. No one goes without a liability waiver, knowing the rules, and knowing the secret handshake. After finding out all of that, you will be given the information on where to meet and how we will go into the shops.

This section of the museum is NOT a public area and is a WORKING shop, so there are limits both physical and age-wise. To attend, you must meet the flowing requirements:
  • Be in good physical shape that can comfortably walk without assistance. The floor is uneven and at times oily and greasy.
  • Sign a liability waiver you get from Matt Mason. 
  • Be at least 18-years old.
  • Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes. Sandals, flip-flops, etc. will not be allowed.
There is some real history inside those walls right now, including one SP Alameda commute engine sitting in the same original 1869 building it was built in. This really is a one-time event.

 To attend the CSRM tour please contact Matt Mason. 



 Tony Rohrs who was a SVLS member and a club president passed away on Tuesday (Feb 1).

Memorial service for Tony will be on Saturday, February 12 at 11 AM. The location is the Carmichael Presbyterian Church - 5645 Marconi Ave, Carmichael, CA 95608 916-486-3771. 



2010 Fall meet photos are viewable now.   




Notice our regular membership meeting is being held at 6:30 at our caboose.  This is due to the Halloween event which starts at 7:30.




The Hagan Haunted Express will be the train to ride for Halloween.  Experience the fun of designing and building the track side scary entertainment.   Check for current activities on the Hagan Haunted Express web site  or call Pete Arney at 916-988-2000 




Long time SVSL member and Friend Bob Lovell passed away on Monday afternoon.
There will be a viewing on Friday, May 7th from 5:00 pm to 7:00pm. 

at the-

Palm Mortuary
7600 s Eastern st
Las Vegas NV
There will be no service.



See Spring Meet photos on-line now.  

More photos from Donald Yungling (follow link above).



Welcome to Our 37th annual spring meet

May 1st and 2nd we will host our 37th annual Spring Meet. This year we are trying an experiment and moving the Spring Meet forward to the first weekend in May instead of its traditional 3rd weekend in May which is the anniversary of the driving of the golden spike in 1973. In spite of conflicts with other live steam events we hope to see you at the track for Spring Meet.

One noticeable change at this years meet will be the loss of shade in the steaming bays. After holding out for many years wind damage and other factors forced us to remove the last two mulberry trees in the steaming bays. While this will result in a little less shade this year we are working on planting new shade trees and making plans for a future shade structure. In the mean time we will provide as much shade possible using tents and canopies.

Friday night pot luck dinner

Friday night April 30th we will have a pot luck spaghetti dinner. To participate in the dinner just chip in $5 per person and bring a desert to share with everyone.

Saturday night dinner

Saturday night we will have a BBQ dinner; reservations must be made a head of time. Dinner tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children under 10 years of age.

If you haven’t already done so please let us know if you plan to participate in the pot luck and/or please male your reservations for the Saturday night dinner. If you weren’t called by someone on the phone tree and made your reservations, please call Lee Frechette at (916) 205-6791 to make reservations.

Please remember to register at the meet starting Friday morning before unloading equipment or parking your RV. This allows us to be more efficient and accommodate more guests.

If you have any questions please call Lee Frechette at (916) 205-6791 



The Ione Railfair and Vintage Motorfest has been canceled for 2010.




There are some new posting of old pictures from previous meets.   Spring and Fall of 2002 including one video for the spring meet.

 Click the Meet pictures index.


Don't forget our Spring meet the first weekend of May - Bring your train and show it off.  Visit old friends and meet new ones. 





With sadness we report the passing away of two members of SVLS.

Paul Clifton who passed away on January 4th.  Our condolences to Lois and the family.

Paul’s memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at Mount Vernon Memorial Park on Greenback Lane in Citrus Heights. 





Long time member Joel Corbin passed away on January 1st. 

Joel's memorial service will be at Fullerton EV Free church in Fullerton, CA.  on Friday the 15th of January at 1PM. 


 Joel Corbin


Dec 23, 2009

The 4 3/4" gauge track is now open for use.  Thanks to Matt Mason. 


Visit us at  the International Rail Fair 2009.   Rides are available.  


Come to the Placer County Fairgrounds in Roseville. 

Click here for more info.


Americorps work crew will be out on November 12th to help with yard work and maybe other projects.   Members if you can help also please come out.


Don Yungling added a few pictures from our Oct. 18th run day to his picture site of SVLS.

See pictures here



 The Halloween Ghost train event is canceled.  We will try again next year.  Have a spooky Halloween.


 Fall meet photos have been added to photo section.


 SVLSRM now has a Facebook page thanks to Andy Berchielli (our yardmaster).

Please visit the page and be a friend of SLVSRM.  

Use link under menu "links" or click here.

SVLSRM Members are invited to the Garden RR Picnic on the 15th of August.   
Please come out and help run trains, and bring your own train to show and run. 
There will be food and a raffle. 
Aug 8th, 2009 

Dear S.V.L.S. members,
ON behalf of myself and my two sisters, I would liketo thank all of you for coming to our fathers memorial and gathering afterwords. We could all tell by those who spoke that he was loved by all. We thank you for all the food and hope everyone that attended enjoyed it as well.
                                                                                                    Thanks again,
                                                                                  Wayne, Julie and Darlene

Celebrate July 4th come out and run your train on July 3rd and 4th.   Public rides noon to 4pm each day.

We are sorry to report that Milon Thorley passed away on June 11th. Our condolences to the family.

Milon was an original member of the SVLS.  He enjoyed steaming and helping others learn how.
Milon   Milon

New photos added from Spring meet. Thanks to Gordon Briggs, Lois Clifton, and Bill Yoder

Spring MEET   May 16-17
Two days of seeing lots of locomotives.
Public rides  on May 17 Noon  to 4PM
If attending dinner Saturday evening please make your reservation with Lois by may 12th 

UP 844 Western Heritage Tour - April 11 - May 12 Cheyenne-California-Cheyenne 

Will be in Roseville yard Saturday April 18 noon to 3 pm.

See complete schedule 


4th Annual Ione Railfair and Vintage Motorfest 

Join the Festivities at Ione, California on May 23-24, 2009  free Admission.

Ride in the large Skagit motorcar, in rail speeders, or on a handcar on the historic Amador Central Railroad; it's great fun for individuals, families, and groups.

For more information see:   www.ionerailfair.org 


Congratulations to SVLS.  The Cordova Community Council announced that we have been selected the winner of the 2009 "Community service Award". We will be honored during the 10th Annual Community Volunteer Awards and Mardi Gras Party scheduled for Friday, Feb 27.  tickets are available for $20 each.  

Details:  6 p.m Cocktails,  6:30 p.m.  Dinner,  and Program  at 7 p.m. Followed by a Mardi Gras Party. Location: American River Room, Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Dr.  

Contact Shelly at (916) 273-5704 for reservations.



Join us for a special demonstration on applying decals.   Kevin Sach will show us the method to apply decals durning our workday March 21st.


On 11/30/2008, SVLSRM participated in the City of Rancho Cordova Christmas tree lighting event at the new Capital Village city park by giving free train rides to all. For our participation, we were awarded a Certificate of Recognition by Mayor Linda Budge at city hall on December 15.  See the award ceremony at city hall on this video link .

The screen for the Rancho Cordova City Council Meeting for December 15 will be presented.  Click on "Jump to..." below the video screen then click on "5.1 Presentation of Certificates...".  Our brief part of the ceremony will occur at about 20 minutes into the video.   A very neat media presentation of the entire tree lighting ceremony occurs at 34 minutes.  We have some nice shots in that presentation.

Good news on Monday evening (Nov. 4th) Roger's trailer and trains were recovered, he stated all is okay. 


Train trailer with 8 rail cars stolen on Oct 28th from the Bakerfield California area. 

This belongs to Roger Frymire. This is a 12' Pace cargo sport with Union Pacific logo on the sides, Bittercreek Western logo and the Kern county Live Steamers logo on the rear.



Old news is archived and can be read here on the news archive page.

Page updated:  Saturday, April 12, 2008

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