Lions Gate Hotel, McClellan, Calif.
July 8-12, 2020
For its 24th anniversary, the world’s best summertime small-scale live steam event returns to Sacramento once again in 2020.
The National Summer Steamup 2020 will include clinics on small-scale live steam techniques, a roomful of dealers of small-scale live steam products, 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 2020.
Since 2003 the event has been held at the Lions Gate Hotel in suburban Sacramento and since 2013 it has been in the 23,600-square-foot general session room of the McClellan Conference Center. In recent years, the National Summer Steamup has supported eight different layouts — representing 17 loops of track for a total of more than 2200 linear feet of rail. Following a tradition established in 2015, the event will also be the host to “Stationary Saturday,” the nation’s largest collection of operational steam toys (bring ’em if you’ve got ’em).
Event hours will be Wednesday, July 8, 6 p.m.-1 a.m.; Thursday through Saturday, July 9-11, 7 a.m.-1 a.m., and Sunday, July 12, 7 a.m.-Noon. If you would like to help setting up on July 8, 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 12.
- June 15, 2020: Deadline for ordering clothing to guarantee on-site delivery.
- June 15, 2020: Deadline to reserve room at reduced rate at Lions Gate Hotel, (916) 640-0835.
Feel free to contact steamup -at- steam-events -dot- org if you need more information.