Welcome to the CALS Home Page
Part of the Chesapeake & Allegheny Steam Preservation Society


Last update 4/2/2015

Trackside phone  (410) 448-0730

We are a Non-Profit Live Steam Club in Baltimore Maryland located in Leakin Park on Windsor Mill Road. (Map & Directions) (For other links in Maryland try the  DCpages, or Marylandinfo.com).  Our public run days are the Second Sunday of each month from April to November from 11:00am to 3:30pm. (Click here for Calendar)  The rides are free and there are picnic tables nearby for those who wish to make a day of it. Our track consists of (depending on who measures) 3200ft-3400ft, 7-1/2" double tracked main line, 1630ft of 4-3/4" on the ground, and 1050ft of elevated 4-3/4" and 3-1/2" track located on about 11.5 acres. Click here for an aerial view    



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Andrew Dodge prepares to leave the station on his Mogul.  Photo by Brett Hall


New 2011 Membership application

  Baltimore Herb Festival will be on Sat May 23th from 9:30am-3pm

Archives of the club newsletter


Building a three-way switch 

Video How we maintain the track ballast 3meg

Engineer's view Video 5meg

·        Updated with video Member photo section

·        What happens when the track is hit by lightning

·        CALS Flyer in PDF format

·        CALS Operating regs.  Updated 2012 In PDF format

·        Tales of a Beginner What is it like to run a steamer for the first time.

·        What is it and how does it work Explanation of what all that stuff on a locomotive does.

·        Questions from Trackside Questions and answers that you want to know.

·        Coming CALS Events Other events on and off site where we can be found.

·        Model Boiler Code for Maryland The CALS worked closely with the State to develop these guidelines.

·        Calculations for Max Traction, Curve radius, & Boilers

·        Not just for men Women take part too!
Links to here, there, and everywhere.

·        Click here for   Info on Member Engines

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Jim Carpenter  at the throttle of B&O Pacific 5301, the President Adams, taken at Leakin Park, Baltimore, MD, during the Mothers' Day public operating session of the Chesapeake & Allegheny Live Steamers, May 11, 2008.   Photo by Glenn McComas

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Mike Russo and his son Nick  on Mike's Hudson

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CSX with a full load. Photo by Brett Hall 

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Paul Seyfrit on Wendy
Photo by
Brett Hall

  Created by Paul Seyfrit on Jan 12, 1996.
For comments or questions I can be E-mailed at: seyfritp@verizon.net