On August 30 and 31, Barry Silverthorn, Dylan Wickware and I visited the backyard of Jeffrey Young to shoot the second season of “Fired Up!” for TrainMasters TV.
As with Season One, we shot six more episodes over the two days. This time, Barry added a much-appreciated piece of equipment – a scrim, to diffuse the sun and help keep us from turning into lobsters. (It’s the giant white thing overhead in some of the shots here.)
For season two, we’re exploring several additional aspects of live steam. Episodes will cover coal firing, portable steaming tracks, tools, workshops, locomotive customization, and rolling stock.
While this is definitely a niche market, live steam is a unique and fascinating approach to the model railway hobby – and it’s one that may speak more strongly to non-hobbyists for several reasons:
1 – It’s a hobby enjoyed in the garden – which makes it a fun, family activity that takes advantage of nice weather.
2 – Given that many model railway enthusiasts have spouses who are not in our hobby, but who like to garden, live steam is a nice “crossover” hobby – a place where we can all meet and do something together, and where each person brings a unique set of skills to the project.
3 – It’s freakin’ live steam for goodness sake! At public exhibitions where we can bring live steam to the general public, we’ve noticed that those interested in steam punk and/or retro/vintage style are really drawn to our live steam locomotives – in a way that they would not be engaged by HO electric trains.
I’m proud of the work we do on “Fired Up!” and I hope our viewers enjoy it too. Season Two goes to air on TrainMasters TV this winter.