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2016 International Small Scale SteamUp

Diamondhead, Mississippi

Photos by Steve Baker


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Diamondhead 2016 Wrap-Up – Pat Darby


Well, 2016 is history. It was a great week and all of you made it happen. Thanks for coming to the Deep South in very pleasant, slightly warmer weather and enjoying a good time, good food and great steaming. Meeting old friends and new plays a large part in the Diamondhead experience. 

This year we had 4 tracks throughout the Atrium and there was no waiting for steaming. The big track had mostly standard gauge trains running and the other tracks had a large assortment of narrow gauge and whimsical trains running continuously. 

Bruce and Mary Rose Gathman ran a successful flea market with the help of a few volunteers and the action was brisk as many items changed hands. Bruce promises to “do it again” next year. Bruce does an excellent job keeping track of all the items and transactions. There were a large number of engines for sale/trade this year, along with accessories, and the action was brisk. 

We had 125 steamers who registered prior to the event this year, but 139 people actually showed up. There were quite a few last minute walk-ins and a few people who wanted to watch and not run trains. 50 spouses/significant others also added to the crowd. On Saturday Richard Jacobs invited some teen agers from the N.O. City Park G1 electric layout to run live steam. We couldn’t get them away from the engines once they started steaming so we should have some youngsters to add to the ranks next year. 

Jerry Reshew also invited 33 members of a local model RR museum/club to visit and interact with our attendees. I noticed a few of them mingling with the crowd and asking questions of the steamers. Maybe some of them will get the “Live Steam Bug” and join us in the future. 

The excursion to The National World War 2 Museum was well attended by 50 people and those who went had a very enjoyable experience. Some even took the trolley ride to uptown New Orleans. We are working on another interesting and exciting excursion next year. Stay tuned for the announcement. 

Many thanks to our Seminar speakers: Will Lindley, Will Davis, Charles and Ryan Bednarik and Jim Pitts. Their seminars were interesting, topical and well attended. We are looking for seminar speakers for next year, so anyone who is interested, please contact Pat Darby via phone or email. 

The “O” scale breakfast was a huge success. This breakfast has morphed into an “open” breakfast for everyone at the steamup and we had an overflow attendance at Rouses’ dining room. Peter Foley filled in for Ken Matticks with the latest news on “O” scale and the treasurer gave his report. Everyone enjoyed the usually good food at Rouse’s. Ken Matticks has promised to attend next year to relieve Peter of the burden of “chairperson”. 

Jerry Reshew convinced us to set aside two tables for Stationary Live Steam engines and the results were overwhelming! There were two 8’ tables full of stationary engines, some dating back to the 19th century. Most were actually working and were enjoyed by a gallery of spectators whilst imbibing some of the local and foreign spirits. I’m sure this will become a permanent event in the future. 

Everyone was happy that Carol Jobusch, our “official” photographer, could attend this year after she lost Peter last year. Photo Gallery 65-4 on this website features Carol’s work and we are very lucky to have her with us again.  

Door prizes were handed out starting Tuesday thru Friday and thanks Mark Johnson and Steam in the Garden Magazine for their kind and generous donations. About 20 names were picked and prizes claimed by the winners. 

The registration ladies did a fine job keeping everything organized. Thanks to Ginny Morris, Cindy Smelser, Mary Weltyk, Myrna Peacock and Valerie Nichols for handling the surge at registration time. We couldn’t do all of this without their help! My apologies if I’ve left anyone out. 

The movie turned out to be two movies. We started with the 1957, Night Passage, starring Jimmy Stewart, Audie Murphy, Dan Duryea and Brandon de Wilde followed by the main feature, the 1946 La Bataille du Rail, about the French resistance sabotaging trains hauling troops and equipment to the western front trying to stop the allies after the D-Day landing. There were lots of train action scenes in both movies. 

The statistics for the steamup are always of interest:

40 quarts of Alcohol

98 cans of Butane

1 box of fuel pellets

99 gallons of distilled water.

Unknown amount of coal, but the coal smoke in the Atrium attested to a goodly amount of coal used.

Our registrants came from 32 states and 4 foreign countries as follows:

Florida-23; Texas-11; Georgia-9; Michigan, Louisiana-7; New Jersey-6; California, Mississippi, South Carolina,-5; Alabama, Pennsylvania, Washington-4; Maryland, Missouri, New York, Wisconsin-3; Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia-2; Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Massachusetts, Ohio, Oklahoma, Nevada, Tennessee,Vermont-1. Canada-5, China-3, UK-3, Trinidad-1. 

Congratulations and thanks to all attendees for a great steamup and hopefully we will see everyone back next year and maybe some old and new faces.


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