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A Steaming Sunday at Leakin Park, Baltimore, MD

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On the west side of the city of Baltimore, minutes from the eastern terminus of Interstate 70, you will find Leakin Park. This park has hiking and biking trails, concerts and a picnic area. It is also where you will find the Orianda House, a home that was built by a railroad man. The most interesting feature in this park is the miles of railroad lines. You wonder why all of these lines are here.
It is the second Sunday of the month at Leakin Park. You look around, and you see numerous miniature trains rolling around. These trains are operated by the members of the Chesapeake and Allegheny Steam Preservation Society. All kinds of miniature trains from steam to your diesels are pulling loads of people along five scale miles of track all operated by unpaid volunteers who have a great love for the railroad. If you want to ride, just show up. You do not need at ticket, and you do not need cash either. You just need to stand in line at the station. When the train pulls up, take a seat as designated by a volunteer and take a ride around. When the ride is over, stand back in line, and do it again and again and again. It is a great way to spend a ‘great Sunday in the park’.
The Chesapeake and Alleghany Steam Preservation Society is a non-profit organization based at Leakin Park in Baltimore, Maryland. They offer their train rides on the Second Sunday of every month between April and November from 11:00am to 3:30pm, weather permitting. (There are no makeup dates for bad weather.) Do not worry about breaking your bank. The rides are free, but donations a gladly accepted. The volunteers offer these rides as a labor of love for steam railroading.
Leakin Park is located on Windsor Mill Road in western Baltimore City. From I-695, take I-70 east. Go to the very end and exit at Security Boulevard. Turn right on Forest Park Avenue and then right on Windsor Mill Road to the parking lot at Eagle Drive. You can learn more about the Chesapeake and Alleghany Steam Preservation Society at www.calslivesteam.org.

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