The cost of admission is at least 3 large
cans of soup (no rusty tins thanks) per person, irrespective of
age, whether you stay for 4 minutes or 4 days. If you don't have
any soup, it will cost $15 per person - still a cheap weekend.
Any soup left over is donated to local charities. Last year we donated 380 cans to two local charities.
Scroll to the bottom of this page for a link to previous Hot Pot Runs.
We had 72 steam trains, 19 diesels/electrics/miscellaneous and 3 traction engines. There appeared to be more chatting than
running this year, because there was very little congestion on
the track and everyone had a good run. There were well over 500 visitors
over the whole weekend. They came from all over Australia. It was great getting together with old friends and chatting about the "Good Old Days".
As well as hot soup and bread rolls, our hard working Ladies provided cakes and other fattening goodies for morning and afternoon tea. Back to the diet this week.
We went through 50 ltr of milk and 1150 bread rolls.
I dislike thanking individual people for doing a good job
because someone is always missed out. However, I must compliment those working members who did their fair share of work, both before, during and after the event.
Particular thanks must go to the sign-in caravan staff.
The canteen staff who kept us very well fed with soup and bread rolls and cakes and pikeletts and other goodies.
Those in the Foot Plate Grill who provided 172 fantastic breakfasts.
A very big thanks to the signalmen cooped up in their boxes for 12 hours at a stretch.
Thanks to the raffle organisers who raised over $1,000.
For more information, send an email to the Hot Pot Co-ordinator - , or if you would rather, you may phone him on .
Scroll to the bottom of this page for a link to pictures of the Hot Pot Runs.
Prior to the weekend, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are work
days for us to make sure the track is up to scratch. Fortunately
there isn't much to do as we keep on top of all the jobs with our
regular Wednesday and Saturday Work Days. Our visitors start
arriving on Thursday so we have a good social time.
The weather is usually fine with temperatures in the high teens during the day and down to around 8° at night.
Normally, ILS members don't run their locos on Friday and Saturday, just to ease the track congestion although we like to run on Saturday evening. Mostly, we make sure our guests are catered for, but there is a lot more talk than work as we greet old friends.
It is unfortunate in one way that the weekend is so popuular because it makes the track congested at times, but everyone takes their time and doesn't get steamed up.
We go through well over 1,000 bread rolls over the three days and I don't want to see another cup of soup for months.
Oh yes, I just remembered something I overheard. One mother
told her daughter "Hurry up dear or you'll be left behind. If
you're female around this area, you are forgotten about".
Unfortunately, this is most probably closer to the truth than we care to admit so on behalf of all the men, to you ladies I'll say "Thanks for your understanding and I promise to paint the kitchen next week."
One visitor said to me ... "I hope heaven is as good as this."
One other thing that is fantastic is the number of people who thank us for the terrific weekend. On behalf of ILS, I'd like to thank you for coming to see us. We love your company.
I can't mention everyone who does a fantastic job, but special thanks must go to those who sit in the cold and make sure everyone signs in, to those who worked in the kitchen from early morning till late evening and those signalmen cooped up in the signal boxes for 12 hours. Those who keep the toilet area clean and tidy. Those who empty the garbage bins.
We may not thank you, but you are surely appreciated.