Photo Gallery 32
July 16 - 20, 2008, Lions Gate Hotel, McClellan, California
photographs by Dave Cole
The 2008 National Summer Steam Up was the 12th year for this event and had 128 steamers attend. This was the largest attendance in the eight years Steam Events LLC has been putting on the steam up. Attendees came from the UK, Mexico and Canada and 10 states. In addition to the steamers an additional 100 plus people came as guests. These are spouses, children and anyone interested in seeing what the steam up is like.
This year the Steam Events team replaced a small 2 track layout with a much larger 3 track layout. We had 3 large tracks with 7 loops. Two loops were dual gauge 45 and 32 mm and 5 were 45 mm. In addition, there was another smaller track with 2 additional 45 mm loops. Therefore, everyone had enough track time.
Continuing National Summer Steam Up traditions were the annual shay up which is a lot of laughs. Also, there was a Cab Forward lash up and a Ruby up as well. Saturday night featured a BBQ out on the patio. The weather was perfect and everyone stayed to talk and enjoy the fellowship after dinner. We followed the BBQ with our door prize drawing.
2008 was the National Summer Steam Upís 6th year at the Lions Gate Hotel. The venue fits everyones needs with a large, well lit, air conditioned room in which to run the trains. In the same building we have the dealer room and a room for the seminars. The building is free standing and not directly connected to the hotel so we do not bother any one and no one bothers us.
The 13th National Summer Steam Up will be held from Wed. July 22, starting at 6 pm until Sunday July 26 at noon at the Lions Gate Hotel. The hotel rooms will be completely renovated for 2009. We hope you will make plans to attend. - Sonny Wizelman, Steam Events, LLC.
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Appreciation is expressed to Dave Cole for sharing these photographs for posting to the Southern Steam Trains website. Along with Dave Cole, Tony Dixon, Clark Lord, Jim McDavid, Bill Turkel, Bob Trabucco and Sony Wizelman coordinate the National Summer Steam Up.