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In 1989 Ron and Marie Brown hosted their first steamup at their home in the tiny hamlet of Newark Valley, N.Y. Their original ground-level garden railway was called the “Silo Falls Railway.” In Spring 1998, Ron — the founder of Steam in the Garden — elevated the railway onto an aluminum frame for ease of steaming.

An event that has become a staple in the annual calendar of the non-club entity often called the Aikenback Live Steamers, the Annual Swiss Pioneer Hay Days hosted by the Amish community near New Holland, Pa., was held July 31-Aug 1, at Big Spruce Farm.

Steam Scene

Pent-up steam demand was quite evident on Sunday, March 22, at the Finch Field House in Mount Pleasant, Mich. The Michigan Small-Scale Live Steamers had a banner turnout of 15 members – all rarin’ to go. With so many hands, track setup went fast and we were in good shape when organizers opened the doors to the public at 11 a.m.

Steam Scene

While they always say in Portland, Ore., that if you don’t like the weather, just wait a few minutes, it is doubly true in the springtime. With three spring Staver Locomotive steamups under my belt, I’ve seen one beautiful week, one cold and rainy week and one a mixture of the two.

The latter was the 2015 event, held April 23-26. About 50 live steamers from around the Western United States (and a few from farther afield) attended this year’s event, held in a remodeled industrial building in Northwest Portland.