Proposed redevelopment of Chula Vista Golf Course and Rohr Park would eliminate the park railroad used by the Chula Vista Live Steamers.
Sweetwater & Rohr Park Railroad days numbered?
Officials vow to spare Chula Vista Live Steamers from redevelopment plan
By Mike Madriaga, Nov. 9, 2017
“We are concerned about the Chula Vista Golf Course and Rohr Park redevelopment [proposal],” Scott Lewis recently told Chula Vista mayor Mary Casillas Salas, councilmembers, and staff. “[We’ve] been in Rohr Park for 43 years providing [train] rides [and] we have a pretty good safety record.”
“We have no clue what to do and where to move to [if the proposal comes true],” he said. “I’ve got 30 years tied up into this hobby [and] I have a full garage of stuff.”
The Steamers club runs on donations ($3000 on a good year) from the general public or out of some of the 20 members’ own pockets. Most of the equipment, including the locomotive unit, the cars, and the tracks, are made and maintained by the members.
“We are not rich people, but people with the desire to build and operate working model trains,” Lewis said. “This Saturday and Sunday [November 11–12] is run day from 12 till 3 [and] we will be giving rides and having fun. Come on out to Rohr and enjoy your park.”