2015 is history. It was a great week and all of you made it happen. Thanks
for coming to the Deep South in (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.
year we enjoyed the use of Richard Jacobs’ triple gauge track around the
Jacuzzi pool, including a new HO gauge track. It was well received and
used frequently. Terry Smelser also had his track set up like last year
and it was well used.
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. Jerry’s silent auction was right next
to the flea market and did not have the action that had been expected.
Close proximity to the flea market may have attracted away some silent
year attendance was a little lower than last year, about 131 actually
showed up to steam out of a total of 150 registered. There were about 10
walk-ins who just wanted to watch for a day and 50 spouses also added to
excursion to Wales West was slightly wet, but those who went had a very
enjoyable train ride and lunch served by Ann Zadnichek, wife of the owner.
Richard promises another interesting and exciting excursion next year.
Stay tuned for the announcement.
had two seminars this year due to some sickness and unexpected
engagements, but we would like to thank Jerry Reshew and Steve Baker for
their interesting and informative presentations. Both seminars were well
attended. Next year it looks like we will have a full set of seminars.
scale breakfast was a huge success. This breakfast has morphed into an
“open” breakfast for everyone and we had an overflow attendance at Rouses’
dining room. Peter Foley filled in for Ken Matticks with a short, but
upbeat speech on the status of “O” scale.
Unfortunately Carol and Peter Jobush could not be with us this year due to
illness. We do appreciate the loan of their video projector for the
presentations and movie. Thanks to Scott McDonald for bringing it to
Carol is our “Official” photographer and could not be here this year,
Jerry came to the rescue and enlisted the help of a local school teacher
and photographer (Keene Golding) for the group photo and G1MRA photo.
prizes were handed out starting Tuesday thru Friday and thanks to Bob
Moser, Mark Johnson and Steam in the Garden for their kind and generous
registration ladies were shorthanded again this year due to illness, but
they did a fine job keeping everything organized. Thanks to Ginny Morris,
Cindy Smelser, Carol Krutzke and Mary Weltyk for handling the surge at
registration time. My apologies if I’ve left anyone out.
strange thing happened this year at the flea market. David Hamilton put a
plastic tool tray up for sale for $1.00. Someone who will remain nameless
placed a sign on it “Donate to help David pay his way home”. Well wouldn’t
you know it, coins began appearing in the tray and then paper money
appeared. Not to worry, David has promised to donate the cash to the
Children’s Hospital jar at Dairy Queen. Yes, David has money to get back
statistics for the steamup are always of interest:
46 quarts of Alcohol
100 cans of Butane
1 box of fuel pellets
99 gallons of distilled water. Those
big engines get thirsty!
Unknown amount of coal, but the coal
smoke in the Atrium attested to a goodly amount of
registrants came from 32 states and 4 foreign countries as follows:
Florida-23; Texas-12; Georgia-8; California, New Jersey, Michigan each 6;
Louisiana, Mississippi each 5; Washington-4; Missouri, Indiana, Colorado,
South Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York each-3; Alabama, Wisconsin,
Arkansas, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio-each 2; Iowa,
Utah, Nevada, Kentucky, Arizona, Illinois, North Carolina, Vermont- each
the drawbar results as posted by Bob Pope on Mylargescale.com. Many thanks
to Bob for taking the time to run the contest and compile all the
Class lb oz - Name - Engine - Award
1-axle 0 3.6 Peter Kaishian Midwest 2-2-0
2-axle 4 9.2 David Frediani Accucraft Emma
2-axle 3 4.6 John Riley Tich 0-4-0
2-axle 3 2 Peter Kaishian Herget American
2-axle 2 3 Peter Kaishian No. 9 American
2-axle 1 3 Steven Janus Argyle Bantam
2-axle geared 4 5.6 Bill Boyle Uber Willi
2-axle geared 1 12.8 Jim Sanders Betsy 0-4-0
3-axle 4 0 Steven Janus Pearse Colorado 2-6-0
3-axle 3 3.3 Peter Kaishian Accucraft Mason
3-axle 3 0.3 Christopher Bisset Accucraft
3-axle 2 0.5 Steven Janus Roundhouse Liberty
4-axle 7 8.4 Chris Sortina Accucraft K-27
4-axle 6 5 Richard Jacobs Accucraft K-36
4-axle geared 7 3.6 Mark Johnson Accucraft 28
ton Shay Trophy
4-axle geared 6 15 Peter Kaishian Herget 2
5-axle 5 0.9 Rod Blakeman Wuhu QJ 2-10-2
6-axle geared 4 8 John Tribe Aster Climax
Electric 1 11.5 Will Lindley Boxcab 0-4-0
Special 2 5 Bill Payne Steam Dragon Trophy
Congratulations and thanks to all attendees for a great steamup and
hopefully we will see everyone back next year. We already have almost 40
registered for next year.