This season begins Maricopa Live Steamers 12th year of providing train rides to the North Pole for young and old alike. On Friday and Saturday evenings through December 28, from 6 to 9 p.m., trains will leave Adobe Station for the one-mile trip past giant trees of lights and decorations. Each trip will pass our 50-foot Megatree with 8,000 LED’s that are synchronized to holiday music. Be sure to dress warm as it has been known to snow during the journey! When you return to the station, visit Santa and Mrs. Claus or Shelby’s Junior Engineer School where your budding engineer can take the controls on one of our specially equipped locomotives for a short trip through the freight yard.
Maricopa Live Steamers are located at 22822 N. 43rd Avenue, on the corner of 43rd Avenue and Pinnacle Peak. The best times to arrive are by 6 p.m. or after 8 p.m., as 7 – 8 p.m. are peak times. They have a fleet of trains that run continuously throughout the evening using model diesel or live steam locomotives. The cost is a donation of $5 per rider over three years old. (Note: Children and all passengers must be able to walk without assistance to ride the train.)
All of the Steamers staff are members and volunteers who share a love of trains and wish to preserve and share the heritage of these mighty machines. Their club is a 501C-3 non-profit organization and they receive no funding of any kind – they operate only on membership dues and public donations. They are also open to the public on the first and third full weekends (Saturday and Sunday) of the month from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., October through April. The park is available for group tours for scout groups, schools and other non-profit organizations. They have four party pavilions available by reservation for birthday and holiday parties, reunions or business functions.