Hot Pot Run.

Important info about the 2017 HPR.

Link to 2016 HPR photos.

On the Queens' Birthday long weekend in June (10th - 12th June, 2017), the Illawarra Live Steamers will hold a run for members of affiliated AALS clubs (sorry, but members of the public are not admitted). 2017 will be our 23rd Hot Pot Run.
The aim of the weekend is to have a relaxing time, exchange ideas with other live steam enthusiasts and have fun driving our locomotives.

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.

People come from all over Australia to enjoy Winter in the 'Gong. In 2016. there were over 550 visitors during the four days and several members and visitors slept at the track. Most visitors tidy up their camp site, but there were a couple who didn't which gave us more work than we needed. Please be considerate.

Scroll to the bottom of this page for a link to previous Hot Pot Runs.

2016 Hot Pot Run

Over the Queens Birthday Weekend in June, 2016, we held our 22nd Annual Hot Pot Run. The weather beautiful for the whole weekend with no rain and fine warm days.

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.

Here's a general view of how things happen

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.

Photos from Previous Hot Pot Runs

2016 Hot Pot Run.

2015 Hot Pot Run.

2014 Hot Pot Run.

2013 Hot Pot Run.

2012 HP Run by Ken Foran.
2012 HP Run by Jeff Armstrong.
2012 HP Run by Lorna Richards.
2012 HP Run by John Sparks.
2012 HP Run by Peter Netting.

2011 Hot Pot Run. Photos by Hugh Elsol
2011 Hot Pot Run. Photos by Herb Nash
2011 Hot Pot Run. Photos by Carl Grills
2011 Hot Pot Run. Photos by ken Foran
2011 Hot Pot Run. Photos by Jeff Armstrong
2011 Hot Pot Run. Photos by Lorna Richards
2011 Hot Pot Run. Photos by Peter Read

2010 Hot Pot Run.
2010 Hot Pot Run. Photos by Carl Grills
2010 Hot Pot Run. Photos by Jeff Armstrong
2010 Hot Pot Run. Photos by Ken Foran
2010 Hot Pot Run. Photos by Lorna Richards

2009 Hot Pot Run. Photos by Hugh Elsol
2009 Hot Pot Run. Photos by John Seckold
2009 Hot Pot Run. Photos by Carl Grills
2009 Hot Pot Run. Photos by Ken Foran
2009 Hot Pot Run. Photos by Lorna Richards
2009 Hot Pot Run. Photos by Lou Wooley
2009 Hot Pot Run. Photos by Robbie Armstrong

Here's a video from the 2008 HPR you can download.(28 meg)

2008 Hot Pot Run. Photos by Robbie Armstrong
2008 Hot Pot Run
2006 Hot Pot Run
2005 Hot Pot Run
2004 Hot Pot Run
2003 Hot Pot Run
2002 Hot Pot Run