is history. It was a great week and all of you made it happen. Thanks for
coming to the Deep South in warmer weather and having so much fun running
live steam locomotives and steam boats. There were also a few airplanes
seen flying around and even a live diesel locomotive. The feeling of
camaraderie was palpable.
year we enjoyed the use of Terry Smelser’s new track which made a total of
4 tracks to run on. Hopefully by next year we will have a fifth track
around the Jacuzzi pool, although there was plenty of track space on which
Gathman ran a successful Flea Market with the help of a few volunteers and
he’ll be doing it again in 2015. Jerry’s Silent Auction had some action,
however, due to the location he did not have much traffic. Next year we
will move him to the Atrium.
number of attendees seems to have leveled out to around 150 with about 50
spouses/girlfriends; we had a total of around 200 people. This makes for
more time and room for steaming on the 4 tracks. From the comments I
received, everyone was pleased with the layouts and extra time to run
excursions to the French Quarter and to see engine 745 under steam went
quite well. There were around 15 people visiting the French Quarter and
around 50 people at engine 745. Those who visited 745 got to enjoy some
souvenir shopping and a live Cajun Band. Quite a few people told me that
they got to check off another item on their “Bucket List” after pulling
the throttle on engine 745.
seminar speakers were absolutely superb, however we had to postpone a few
due to the excursions on Thursday, the O-scale breakfast and a family
illness. Those seminars will be rescheduled for next year. Many thanks to
Doug Joslyn, Jeff Young, Russ Jones, Justin Koch, Gerald Pierce and Dan
Rowe for excellent and well attended seminars.
statistics for the Steamup are always of interest, so here they are: We
used 50 quarts of alcohol, 96 cans of Butane, 3 cans of Sterno and 55
gallons of distilled water. The Arkansas contingent donated a 5 gallon
bucket of coal which was appreciated.
registrants came from 32 states and 4 foreign countries as follows:
Florida-15, Texas-14, California-9, Louisiana-8 Georgia-7, Mississippi-6,
New Jersey-6, Pennsylvania-6, Maryland-6, South Carolina-5, Michigan-5,
Washington, New York, Missouri, Indiana, North Carolina, Arkansas each-3,
Kansas, Alabama, Colorado each-2, Utah, Vermont, Iowa, Nevada, Kentucky,
Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Virginia, Arizona, Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio
each-1. Great Britain-2, Canada-7, Trinidad-1,China-3.
door prizes were handed out daily and thanks to Bob Moser (North Jersey
Gauge One), Mark Johnson (Silver State Trains) and Richard Jacobs (Trainmax)
for their donations. The grand prize of an Accucraft Ruby (Ida) was won by
registration regulars headed by Valerie Nichols kept everything organized
and hopefully will return next year. Many thanks to Valerie’s able
assistants: Ginny Morris, Emily Kaldestad, Lisa Holtorf, Jerra Matticks,
and Mary Weltyk. My apologies if I left anyone out. We missed a few
volunteer ladies due to illness and we hope they can return next year.
Congratulations to all attendees for a great steam up and hopefully we will
see everyone back next year.