Well, 2017 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.
hotel has been significantly improved with upgraded furniture,
carpets and air conditioning in the inside rooms and they are
starting to do the same to the outside rooms. The swimming pool was
in excellent condition and we heard no complaints throughout the
Bruce and Mary Rose Gathman ran a successful flea market with the
help of a few volunteers as many items changed hands. Bruce promises
to “do it again” next year. Bruce and his volunteer helpers do an
excellent job keeping track of all the items and transactions. There
were a large number of engines and accessories for sale/trade this
year, and the action was brisk.
had 107 steamers who registered prior to the event this year, but
120 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 again invited some teen agers from the N.O. City Park
G1 electric layout to run live steam. They steamed all day and into
the night. It looks like we will be adding some younger steamers to
the Diamondhead experience in the future.
Friday free luncheon turned out to be the highlight of the week.
Richard Jacobs’ wife Robbie and her helpers prepared and served a
Cajun feast consisting of Gumbo, Pastalaya (Jambalaya with pasta
instead of rice), crawfish pies, salad and a large selection of
addition Richard hired a band to serenade us while we ate and
everyone really enjoyed the music. Richard even played his guitar
with the band for a couple of songs.
Many thanks to our Seminar speakers: Will Lindley, Jerry Reshew, and
Dan Rowe. 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
“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 good southern food at
Jeff Young chaired the inaugural meeting of “The Mamod Club of the
Americas” which had three tables covered with Mamodania consisting
of locomotives and stationary engines. Jerry Reshew treated everyone
who brought a Mamod to lunch at the Red Zone restaurant. Jerry’s
daughter in law, Charmaine Reshew was in charge of the registration
table for this event. Everyone enjoyed the displays.
Thursday Will Davis moderated another Chirp-Up for the guys who
brought their Cricket locomotives. There were quite a few in
attendance and everyone had fun.
Also on Thursday, Cindy Smelser organized a ladies event called
“Stampin Up”. She contacted a local crafts lady who came to the
hotel and brought lots of craft items for the ladies to make into
household and gift items. This event was attended by around 20 of
the ladies and everyone I spoke with wants to do it again next
Many thanks to Scott McDonald for serving as our “Official
Photographer” after the retirement of Carol Jobusch. Scott took the
group picture and G1MRA photo in addition to many videos and photos
of live steamers running their trains. Look for them on MLS and
Door prizes were handed out starting Tuesday thru Friday. The grand
prize was a Kobalt tool kit won by Ives Guillaume. Free registration
for next year was won by Jim Sanders. The free subscription to Steam
in the Garden was won by Ian Pearse.
registration ladies did a fine job keeping everything organized.
Thanks to Ginny Morris, Cindy Smelser, Mary Weltyk, and Gayle Keir
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.
movie turned out to be two movies. We started with the 1929, “The
Flying Scotsman”, starring Ray Milland, followed by the main
feature, the 1956 “”The Great Locomotive Chase”, starring Fess
Parker and Jeffrey Hunter. There were lots of train action scenes in
both movies and the house was packed. Free popcorn was provided by
Richard and Robbie Jacobs.
statistics for the steamup are always of interest:
48 quarts of Alcohol
90 cans of Butane
89 gallons of distilled
Unknown amount of coal, but the coal smoke in the Atrium attested to
a goodly amount of coal used. Not only that, but while running a
coal fired C62, Ives Guillaume and Sam Dimaggio set off the fire
alarm. Luckily we called the fire dept. and they did not respond
which could have resulted in a monetary charge for responding to a
false alarm. The hotel people did not know how to turn off the
alarm, but one of our steamers works in the fire alarm business and
he showed them how to turn it off.
registrants came from 28 states and 3 foreign countries as follows:
Florida-25; Texas-10; Michigan-7; Georgia, Mississippi-6; New
Jersey, Pennsylvania-5; South Carolina-4; Louisiana, Missouri-3;
Alabama, Indiana, Virginia, Wisconsin-3; Arizona, California,
Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maryland,
New York, Ohio, Utah, Vermont, Washington-1. Canada-4, UK-3,
drawbar results are posted in the attachment. Congratulations to all
the winners and thanks to all who participated. Many thanks to Bob
Pope for taking the time to run the contest and compile all the
results, and keeping the measurement equipment in good shape.
Saturday Jan. 14, as we were picking up the tracks, we tragically
lost Tom Myers who suffered a massive heart attack or stroke and did
not survive. Tom died doing what he loved, being at Diamondhead and
running trains. We will always remember Tom and his family in our
thoughts and prayers. We will display a commemorative plaque at all
future Diamondhead steamups.
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. 2018 will be the 25th anniversary of the Diamondhead
International Steam Up so we are planning some special “Events” and
gifts for those attending. - January 14-21, 2018 - SEE YOU THERE!!