The sounds of a steam locomotive are unmistakable…

The chuffs, the hisses, the whine of the turbo generator, the panting of the air compressors, and most memorable – the call of the steam whistle. Standing trackside as one of these iron beasts passes will forever burn into your mind the sights, sounds, and smells of a machine that a lot of people say seems to be alive.

Then there’s steam on a smaller scale. Around the country are scores of clubs, groups of individuals, who revel in the history of trains and the “call” of the rails. They can introduce you to the myriad workings of a railroad, in miniature of course; smaller than their full-sized brothers, but just as fascinating and complex. If you are an armchair railroader, join your local club and become part of the action. Check out our club listings to locate an organization near you. Give them a call or write them an email. Let them know you’re interested. Every club has dozens of jobs needing the help of people with all kinds of physical capabilities. Let them know you’d like to find out more!

Sometimes you just have to see it for yourself. If you can’t make it to a club event, or you just want to get your feet wet, there are dozens of videos on YouTube from clubs from around the world. Check them out; you won’t be able to resist the beckoning call.