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The 1983 Steam Show season is history and we all look forward to the new year of shows. As usual the Canandaigua, New York show was outstanding for modelers. Over 200 engines of all sizes and descriptions were displayed. I'm sure they will have to provide more space in the future as it is at a premium now. Buzz Longrod is the 'Major Domo' and he does a fine job.
Another fine show is the Milton, Ontario, Canada show. Their model building is always filled to overflowing under the direction of Jean and Jack Layman. I would have to say in all honesty that the entire show at Milton is one, if not the best produced in the East. The large fenced area in the infield across from the grandstand is the stage for most all exciting events. The people are very friendly and you can't help having a warm feeling when they play their national anthem and you look out to the infield and see our flag flying with theirs, a reminder to all that there is a mutual respect for one another.
On our way home we stopped to see the huge pumping engines at Hamilton. That was the highlight of our trip. To see those giants one was in operation is truly amazing. The young men responsible for their restoration were very anxious to answer the many questions the spectators asked. The Watts Parallel motions at the cylinders could put you to sleep watching them silently going through their paces. I am looking forward to another visit in '84.
During the show season we again had the pleasure of seeing old friends and meeting new ones. That's what it's all about. We have a wonderful hobby.