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Shooting “Fired Up!” Season 2

Fired Up - Season 2

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.

Fired Up - Season 2

Fired Up - Season 2

Fired Up - Season 2

Fired Up - Season 2

Fired Up - Season 2

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.

Fired Up - Season 2

Fired Up! with Jeff Young

My friend Jeff Young is well known in the live steam community and he writes the live steam column for one of the major hobby magazines devoted to railroading in the garden.

So I’m thrilled that he and I have been able to work together on Fired Up! – a new series on TrainMasters TV that explores the world of live steam. Fired Up! covers choosing, setting up, running and servicing garden scale live steam locomotives. It’s aimed at those new to live steaming, but I hope even experienced water boilers will enjoy it.

Here’s a preview for the first episode, which will be available for viewing this weekend:

We’re doing six episodes this season – and if it’s well received we have the outlines of six more for season two. And of course if it’s really well received we’ll create additional seasons.

Yes – there’s a reason for the spinning barbecue in the opening credits. To find out more, you’ll need to watch the series – and to do that, you’ll need to be a subscriber to TrainMasters TV. But here’s the good news: membership is quite reasonable and you’ll be able to watch a whole lot of excellent hobby-related content, created and presented with top-quality production values.

Think of TrainMasters TV as an all-singing, all-dancing glossy magazine about railway modelling, and you’ll be surprised at how affordable it is.

Enjoy if you watch – and happy steaming!

UPDATE: The full first episode is now available for viewing.