|Lou Flammia of
Springfield, VT, long time member of the BTO
and our Web Master and our friend passed
away June 10, after a brief illness.
Remembrances from good friends and BTO Members;
and Past President and Conductor.
Larry Cromwell and then a few
I first met Lou in 1994 at the
BTOC on Cape Cod.
He was friendly, funny and smart.
Whenever there was a train show, Lou would join us.
Afterwards, we would always get together for an entertaining dinner!
Lou was one of the characters, one of the gang and one of a kind.
To say I will miss him is an understatement.
As time went on, we became pals.
would email each other funny stories.
You could almost hear Lou laughing in his responses.
Lou became editor of the BTO magazine.
Knowing him spurred me on to write my first train article in 2001.
We would spar over photos, color and content, but in the end, Lou
would win and get a chuckle out of one of his contributors!
In addition to loving LGB trains, Lou enjoyed designing web pages.
In particular, he designed a web page for Limerick Bear of Vermont
under Lou Flammia Design. He
was a talented man who also brought his talent as web master to the BTO.
Every Thanksgiving, Lou would
head to Boston to visit his Dad and aunts, uncles and cousins,
We always made it a point to have our After Thanksgiving Day Dinner
with Lou and the gang. Those
are some of the most memorable dinners.
It didn’t take long before the antics would start and we would be
laughing! Lou worked for many
years at Land Rover in Vermont.
Apparently, they are well known for breaking.
Lou dealt with a lot of disgruntled people.
He had the personality to keep things light with his keen sense of
humor. I’m going to miss Lou,
but I am grateful that I got to know him and call him friend.
from Bob DiPietro
We recently lost one of our
special train buddies. Lou Flammia aka our clubs webmaster was one of the
good guys that could easily become a life long friend. You know the type;
can't do enough for you, or you could never pay them back. He could make a
desktop computer sing. Not only with the clubs web site but also for some of
the annual convention pages. He also did the graphics for the 2000 and 2004
Convention engines and many other club related items. As I said “one of the
I know his health was failing recently as he missed
an annual Saturday after Thanksgiving get together with some of our clubs
I will bet that many of us have some special memories of
Lou. I will leave with the one of him conducting the Ana Balloon Boat Races
with some 50 children at the Mystic Convention.
from Larry Cromwell
Lou was a big guy with a heart to match. I
first met him at Bill Loubsky’s table during a Shriner train
show near Boston. Lou got there just before me and had just
purchased a very neat car. That’s when I learned early is
good but earlier is better!
Lou was very generous with his time and talents
with the then LGBMRRC. During my two terms as president I
often thought that Lou as editor of the BTO was the more
important and indispensable person of the organization. He
enjoyed his job immensely as it allowed him to showcase his
considerable artistic talent.
Lou found a real niche collecting Gnomys. He
had a pretty extensive collection of rare and unusual ones.
When he got into 3-D printing one of his first projects was
to make a Gnomy E-lok. As the T-shirt says “to Gnomy is to
Lou was proud of his Italian heritage. He
considered the second Monday of October a High Holy day. He
was also a consummate car guy. What you might not know is
that he drove a Cadillac Eldorado in the non-winter months.
He even had a second Cadillac that he used for parts.
Lou designed the artwork for several of our
convention cars, notably the truck that “climbed Mount
Washington“ for the North Conway convention as well as “the
little engine that could“ for Mystic.
As an academic radiologist I discovered that
it was easier to get a paper published if you had good
photographs. When Lou and I collaborated on a couple of
articles about collecting LGB for the BTO it was mostly
because of his photographs that our articles were published.
Lou and I made several trips, by train of
course, to New York City in February for the International
Toy Fair. We created business cards to gain entrance but his
was actually legitimate since he was a journalist. We made
that yearly pilgrimage to photograph the new LGB products
for the BTO. Some of Lou‘s photographs were so good that LGB
asked permission to use them.
I know Lou was very disappointed when
corporate LGB withdrew sponsorship of our club. He had close
relationships with the people at LGB of America in San
Diego. He couldn’t believe the misguided marketing attempts
and financial mismanagement. He often said that one could
criticize their marketing but you couldn’t knock their
product. Little did we know at the time that LGB was in dire
Hemingway reportedly said to F. Scott
Fitzgerald upon Zelda‘s death that “the golden bowl is
broken, but it was golden, and it was ours!“ I miss the
golden days of LGB but I was privileged to have shared them
with Lou. See you down the road, big guy!
Lou, Larry Cromwell amd Joe Hylva
Our Conductor, Larry Cromwell with
and Bob DiPietro
|Lou and our
DiPietro, Jim Matthews & his son and Lou
Lou with the gang at the
2015 BTOC in NH
Lou with Bill Loubsky
and Bill Gagne
Joe Hylva, Lou, Bill Loubsky & Larry
Bill Loubsky, Lou, Ulrich Fassbender
& Joe Hylva in Bird-in Hand in 2008
Lou's 3D printed Gnomy