Rules of the Pennsylvania Live Steamers
Following rules of proper behavior is not only common sense, but keeps
you and your family and guests from serious danger. Bad behavior threatens your
safety. We ask that you and those with you respect our rules.
Rules for the Operation of Cars and Trains
2½-Inch Gauge and Larger
Approved by the PLS Membership August 21, 2004
- It is recommended that all riding cars have effective brakes.
- All trains must be able to demonstrate the ability to stop safely.
- Either Couplers and safety chains, or drawbars, must be used between locomotives and
all cars of a train. All safety chains must have welded links and have a minimum stock
diameter of .110 inch. Trains operated on the multi-gauge loop may use smaller, appropriately
- The attaching points for safety chains must be firmly mounted to the structure of
each car and locomotive.
- All trains with passengers occupying more than two cars or with more than six total
passengers must have a conductor on the last riding car to enforce passenger and train
safety. Any such train must have 2-way radio communication between engineer and conductor.
- No car will exceed a load of one adult per axle.
- Loading of trains will be done at the stations, unless otherwise directed by the engineer
- All cars are to be constructed in a safe and sturdy manner. Cars must be free of sharp
edges and pinch points.
- It is recommended that all riding cars have seats.
- All cars coupled together must maintain 75% vertical engagement of the couplers.
- Rocking of cars should be kept to a minimum.
- Seats on cars that are not attached to the car cannot be higher than the front to
back length of the seat. Seats must be restrained from sliding off.
- Seat height on freight type riding cars is to be a maximum of 18 inches from the railhead for
7¼ inch gauge. Smaller gauges should adjust seat height appropriately.
- Passenger-carrying seats must not turn or rotate.
- PLS reserves the right to declare a car or train unsafe for service and prohibit its