The 2011 National Summer Steam Up was the 16th year for
this event and had 129 steamers attend including 5 from Canada. 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 provides 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.
Saturday night featured a BBQ out on the patio. The weather
was warm but not hot and everyone stayed to talk and enjoy the fellowship
after dinner. We followed the BBQ with our door prize drawing. 2011 was
the National Summer Steam Up’s 9th year at the Lions Gate Hotel.
The venue fits everyone’s 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 anyone and no
one bothers us.
Next year's 18th National Summer Steam Up will be held from
Wed. July 18, 2012, starting at 6 pm until Sunday July 22 at noon at the
Lions Gate Hotel. We hope you will make plans to attend. For additional
information visit our website -