The Alpha and Omega of Minneapolis Steam Traction Engines

Iowa man builds a life around passion for steam traction engines.

Jerred pulls on the throttle lever of his 1893 14 hp return-flue Minneapolis steam traction engine. The barrel-like structure is the engine’s cylinder. All of the power created by steam in the boiler is transformed into mechanical motion by the piston inside the cylinder moving back and forth.
Photo by Bill Vossler