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SCLS 3rd Annual New Year's Day Steam Up

By Phillip Cohen - Torrance, CA

A new tradition, the Annual New Year's Day Steam Up

Tom and Mike double heading

The Southern California Live Steamers held it's 3rd Annual New Years Day Steam Up on Tuesday, January 1st, 2013. We had a great time and brought out some of the locomotives that don't run too often. We also had some visitors from the Maricopa Live Steamers in Phoenix and Mike Masse from Mojave with his beautiful Chloe steam locomotive.

Daisy prepared a nice lunch of Curry with rice and some very good BBQ sausages. Everyone went back for 2nds and 3rds. There wasn't any leftovers, so that just tells you how good it was.

The new figure-eight track got plenty of use with lots of trains running around the loop. Everyone obeyed the rules and there were no collisions. It was a lot of fun and while a bit chilly, it was a beautiful day. Everything was nice and green because of the previous rainy rain storms and looked very pretty. The Crenshaw line saw some action as all of the trains made it down there going all the way to the end. It will be nice when the final construction is complete and the new turntable is installed at the end of the line.

The Annual New Years Day run has become a tradition now. We hope that more of you will join us for the fun next year!

Have a healthy and happy 2013 and keep on steamin!!!

Enjoy some of the photos below and view others out in the club gallery.
Click on the photos below for a full sized view.


Robert Lee waiting on #777 for Tim Brothers on the Jillie Belle to pass through the diamond in the center of the figure eight.


Jeff pulling a load of kids with the little 8 Ball locomotive.


The Jillie Belle running around the inside loop of the new figure eight track. Rory's Rio Grande locomotive holding on a siding with Tom's GP to the far right.


Mike Masse from Mojave brought his beautiful Chloe steam locomotive and had a good time running around the SCLS tracks. Just the right size for our layout.


Phil running the #777 down the Crenshaw Line pulling some passengers while Rory pulls a freight back to the main line. Passing each other on one of the sidings along the Crenshaw Line.


Robert Lee driving the clubs SW-1500 Western Central #777 along the mainline.


Rory Hawkins firing up his 0-4-0 Silver Spoons locomotive getting it ready for a nice run.


Tom Downing and his son Wyatt running around the track on his Fourney.


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About the Author:
Phillip Cohen is a former aerospace engineer. Currently a part time professional photographer and full time computer programmer specializing in database driven websites and business applications. Phil is currently the webmaster for Southern California Live Steamers and former president of the South Bay Camera Club, also in Torrance.

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