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
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”.
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
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.
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
98 cans of Butane
1 box of fuel
99 gallons of
Unknown amount of
coal, but the coal smoke in the Atrium attested to a goodly amount of coal
came from 32 states and 4 foreign countries as follows:
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.
thanks to all attendees for a great steamup and hopefully we will see
everyone back next year and maybe some old and new faces.