John Boots and members of his Big Boots and Western Railroad Live Steamers Club were too polite to turn Jimmy and me away when we (the general public) crashed their party days before the scheduled opening of their first of several private winter “meets.” Thousands of dollars and years of work go into these small scale steam locomotives (diesel and electric enthusiasts are welcome, too, although the purists stick to the real deal, steam).
I imagine many worry their investments/labors-of-love might not be appreciated by a public unaware of the individual time and money behind their hobby and the liability that comes with public use of said investments. I had no idea the investment!
Fortunately, Captain John Boots, a licensed U.S. Merchant Marine Master with twenty years experience in the Yachting industry, didn’t make us walk the plank, but to this day, I’m not entirely sure he liked us rocking the boat. He had a lot on his mind.
This was a party celebrating the pioneers of American spirit. I liked these revelers. Patty, Captain John's girl, had a smile with more steam than most of the locomotives. They were all good people.