Smoke Signals Honors Tom Oversluizen, Cont.The clearing and grading was largely done by hand, although some machinery was used. Fathers and sons, and on occasion spouses and daughters, came out week after week to bring the vision into reality. Comradeship, a shared vision, a common puipose inspired them to complete the creation of a very special facility. Nor was all the work at the park, for these members had to construct locomotives and rolling stock at home to be ready for the opening of the track. And in all of this. Tom was at the core of the group. A leader, a doer - detailing a vision, designing facilities, building equipment, and serving as a club officer many, many times.
We want to honor Tom Oversluizen for his leadership, we want to thank Tom for all that he has done and still does for this club, and we want to recognize Tom for all that he means to the Long Island Live Steamers.
Tom Oversluizen, A Brief Biography
By Elles Oversluizen
Ever since he was a child, Tom was keenly interested in steam locomotives. As a toddler, his mother would take him in his stroller for a walk to the train tracks not too far from home to see the trains come by.
The interest in trains was put on the back burner during his teen years at a vocational school, where his natural talent for designing came to the fore. These years were followed by his studies at the University of Leiden's School of Instrument Makers where his skill was honed to a high degree of excellence. He graduated as Design Engineer.Continued Next Page - Click Here.