Calling all train lovers! What child doesn’t love trains? And when it’s a miniature train they can ride on, a day of fun and smiles is just about guaranteed. Touted as Long Island’s “best kept secret,” Long Island Live Steamers gives train lovers a chance to ride a variety of mini trains with their parents. They are now enjoying their 43rd year of sharing their hobby and passion with the public.
Located in Brookhaven, Long Island Live Steamers is a not-for-profit organization that operates public run days, usually twice a month, for the enjoyment and education of the all. They’re goal is to preserve the history of railroading’s glory days.
Set on eight acres of shaded Suffolk County parkland, there are rideable steam, diesel and electric trains. There’s even a mini Thomas the Tank Engine with his friend Percy.
The parkland features a ground line and a high line raised set of tracks. As many as eight trains run simultaneously on four tracks. The engineers are very proud of their trains which they personally own and take painstaking care for. They welcome questions and love to talk everything about trains.
Kids enjoy watching the trains “steam up” to get ready for runs. Of course, the familiar TOOT TOOT of train whistles brings a smile to boys and girls of all ages.
Long Island Live Steamers run on donations so bring cash. People can choose how many times they’d like to ride and then purchase the appropriate amount of tickets. Pregnant women as well as children who cannot stand are not allowed to ride.
To fill hungry tummies, a concession stand sells burgers, small pizzas and various snacks and drinks. Families can rest at the many picnic tables available.
A small souvenir area offers child-friendly train memorabilia like patches, buttons, stickers, shirts, and whistles. Many children even come dressed in train hats or engineer overalls and carry their own toy trains in their hands.
For those looking to celebrate, birthday parties are available by reservation.
Don’t forget to bring the sunscreen and bug/tick spray since the trains wind through the woods. When done with riding, take the kids for a walk through Southaven Park where there are plenty of hiking trails, picnic areas, a playground, and a small lake.
Where: Victory Ave., Southaven Park, Brookhaven, NY
When: Twice monthly, usually the second and last Sundays of the month from May through October (check website for updates). Families can arrive as early as 9:30 am to watch the trains “steam up” and get ready for their runs which start around 10:30 am and end at 3 pm.
Contact Info: 631-345-0499