National Summer Steamup 2015

Lions Gate Hotel, McClellan, Calif.
(Suburban Sacramento)
July 15-19, 2015

The world’s best summertime small-scale live steam event returns to Sacramento once again in 2015.

Photo by Rick Parker.

The National Summer Steamup 2015 will include clinics on small-scale live steam techniques, an exhibit of small-scale live steam products, as well as door prizes and other entertainment. Live steamers from around the world will enjoy 45mm (Gauge One) and 32mm (0-gauge) live-steam operation of small-scale locomotives for four days in July 2015.

Event hours will be Wednesday, July 15, 6 p.m.-1 a.m.; Thursday through Saturday, July 16-18, 7 a.m.-1 a.m., and Sunday, July 19, 7 a.m.-Noon. If you would like to help setting up on July 15, please arrive by 3 p.m. Do not plan on being able to bring your trains or equipment into the hall until after 6 p.m. Those who would like to tear down should expect to be finished around 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 19.

More information on the event is available, as are details about the hotel itself (for reservations, call 916-643-6222, Ext. 0.)

Important dates:

  • June 15, 2015: Deadline for ordering clothing to guarantee on-site delivery.
  • June 16, 2015: Deadline to reserve room at reduced rate at Lions Gate Hotel (916-643-6222, Ext. 0).
  • July 1, 2015: Deadline for steamup registration to include free Saturday night BBQ.

Registration forms to print and mail are available for downloading.

We are again offering credit card-based on-line registration, using the PayPal system.

Feel free to contact if you need more information.

Longtime Summer Steamup organizer Sonny Wizelman was recently profiled by a Los Angeles blogger.

Photos of past events

Videos of the 2014 event have been release by Dean Seavers of Sacramento; they are at, and

Rick Parker’s photos of the 2013 event are on his DotPhoto site. Mike Martin has his 2013 photos on this personal site.

Mike Martin posted 2012 event photos, as did Rick Parker.

For 2011, Rick Parker has done another admirable job with a slide show on his DotPhoto web site; check it out. Mike Martin also posted wonderful photos from the event.

Rick Parker has provided a slide show of his photos from the 2010 event; here are Mike Martin’s pictures and videos from the event.

Here are Dave Cole’s photo pages from the 2009 event, and here are Mike Martin’s pages.

Official 2008 Thursday, Friday and Saturday-Sunday photo pages. Also, pictures from the event taken by Mike Martin.

Dean Seavers of Sacramento made a nice video of the 2008 event; you can see it at

Official 2007 photo page.

Official 2006 photo page.

Official 2005 photo page and the unofficial 2005 photo page.

Official 2004 photo page.

Unofficial 2004 photos – of the event, of the people and miscellaneous Saturday photos.

Photos from the 2003 event

Photos from the 2002 event:

Just found! Photos from the 2001 event.

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