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Diamondhead International Steam Up - 2018

Group Photos by Daniel Tilden



Diamondhead 2018 Wrap-Up


Pat Darby


Well, the 25th annual International Small Scale Steamup is history. It was a great week and all of you made it happen. Thanks for coming to the Deep South for one of the coldest Diamondhead Steamups in recent history. The heating system in the Atrium could not keep up with the frigid temperatures so we had to improvise, but that did not keep the dedicated live steamers from doing an admirable job of keeping the trains running. A large part of the Diamondhead experience is meeting old friends and new, and the weather did not curtail that part of the Steam up. 

At the opening meeting we were honored to have Jerry Reshew’s son, Theo, give a short eulogy and a slide show of Jerry’s life and his many accomplishments. We were happy to see that Theo now has an interest in Live Steam and hope to see him at more Steamups in the future. (He kept several of Jerry’s engines!) 

This year we had 4 tracks throughout the Atrium plus Richard Jacobs provided a “Ride-On” track near the pool to test your engine’s people-pulling power. Quite a few of the group tried it with their engines. 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. 

The Monday trip to the Mississippi Gulf Coast Model RR Museum turned out to be lots of fun and interesting for all who attended. We had about 25 attendees who car-pooled to Gulfport for the excursion. The museum members had a live steam track set up for us in a large open area behind the museum and several live steamers took the opportunity to run their engines. The Museum has all gauges on display from Z to 7 ½” and most of them were running while we were there. The weather was cool and sunny. 

Bruce and Mary Rose Gathman ran a successful flea market with the help of a few volunteers as many items changed hands. Bruce has advised us that he would like to retire as manager of the flea market and he has promised to help train anyone who would like to take over the job in the future. 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. 

The turnout for the Thursday excursion to New Orleans’ French Quarter was disappointing, mostly due to the cold weather. We had 25 signed up for the trip, but only 7 actually made the trip. In spite of the cold forecast, all who went said they had a good time. 

We had 121 steamers who registered prior to the event this year, but 133 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. 55 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. One of Theo Reshew’s friends, Keene Golding, is a Physics teacher at a local high school and he invited some students from his class to observe the steaming. We may gain one or two new live steamers from that group! 

The Friday free luncheon again turned out to be the highlight of the week. Richard Jacobs’ wife Robbie and her helpers prepared and served a southern meal consisting of pulled pork, BBQ beans, chicken salad, pies, salad and a large selection of desserts. We also had Victoria Koi and her band back again to serenade us while we ate and everyone really enjoyed the music. 

Many thanks to our Seminar speakers: Will Lindley, Jim Pitts, Steve Baker and Yves Guillaume. 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 steam up 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 Rouse’s. 

We again had a table set aside for the Mamodiana display and there were quite a few examples of “Mamod bashes” set out on the table. 

Gail Fisher and Cindy Smelser organized a lady’s event called “Steampunk Charlie”. The ladies used household items and small parts to make ornaments commemorating the 25th anniversary steam up. Everyone enjoyed the projects and had a fun time. 

Many thanks to Daniel Tilden for serving as our “Official Photographer”. Daniel 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 YouTube. 

Door prizes were handed out starting Tuesday thru Friday. Free registration for next year was won by Douglas Pyatt. The free subscriptions to Steam in the Garden were won by Doug Joslyn and Marshall Barrash. 

The 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. 

The movie, “Breakheart Pass” with Charles Bronson and Jill Ireland, was exciting with lots of train action scenes. Everyone enjoyed it and the house was packed. Free popcorn was provided by Richard and Robbie Jacobs. 

The statistics for the steam-up are always of interest:

·       50 quarts of Alcohol

·       55 cans of Butane

·       80 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 29 states and 3 foreign countries as follows:

Florida-25; Texas-15; Georgia-10, Louisiana-9; Michigan, Pennsylvania, Mississippi-6; Wisconsin, Washington-5; Missouri, New Jersey-4; Alabama, South Carolina, Virginia-3; Indiana, Maryland, North Carolina-2; Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Kansas, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Utah, Vermont-1. Canada-7, UK-3, Trinidad-1.

Thanks to Sal Martocci and Bill Boyle for running the draw-bar contest. Bob Pope was out of town for this event but promises to return next year. There were only three entries this year and three awards were given out. 

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


The web posting is a work in progress.  We welcome additional information and pictures.


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