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.
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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, “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.
statistics for the steam-up are always of interest:
quarts of Alcohol
cans of Butane
gallons of distilled water.
Unknown amount of coal, but the coal smoke in the Atrium attested to a
goodly amount of coal used.
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