Steam Engine Education

Steam schools carefully prepare students at all levels, from beginners to tomorrow's engineers.

Rough and Tumble Steam School

The Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Assn.'s two-day steam school takes place on the Saturday after their Spring Steam Up, and the Saturday after their International Harvester show.

Photo courtesy Rough and Tumble Steam School

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Looking for a fun, informative way to finally get your hands on a steam engine? Enroll in a steam school this year to learn from life-long engineers.

From valuable classroom learning to cleaning tubes to chugging along the grounds, there’s no better way to discover the thrills of safe steam engine operation and maintenance. Courses fill quickly, so don’t wait to register. FC

Iowa

Midwest Old Threshers Reunion Steam School
When: May 16-17
Where: Midwest Old Threshers show grounds, Mt. Pleasant
Tuition: $75

The two-day course offers classroom instruction and hands-on experience. Materials and two noon meals are included.

For more information: CEO Terry McWilliams, 405 E. Threshers Rd., Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641; (319) 385-8937; email: info@oldthreshers.org.

Heritage Park of North Iowa 14th Annual Steam Engineer School
When: May 16-17
Where: Heritage Park of North Iowa, Forest City
Tuition: $40

Materials, breakfast, lunch and refreshments are included. Free primitive camping is also available. A test similar to the test required by the State of Minnesota for a Hobby Steam Engineer’s License will be administered at the conclusion of the seminar but is not mandatory. Class size is limited to 50. Online registration is available.

For more information: Jerred Ruble, Director of Shows, Heritage Park of North Iowa, 754 342nd St., Hanlontown, IA 50444; (612) 860-9830; email: jerred.ruble@gmail.com.

Minnesota

Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion/University of Rollag Steam School
When: June 20-21
Where: Steamer Hill, Rollag
Tuition: $50

The two-day course offers classroom instruction and hands-on experience using a wide range of steam equipment, including stationary, traction, miniature and railroad engines. The class is certified for Minnesota, North Dakota and Ohio steam hobby licenses. WMSTR is the only training approved by the State of Minnesota not provided by a state-run entity. Materials and two meals are included. Class size is limited to 70; early enrollment is suggested as the course typically fills by May 1.

For more information: Tom Hall, University of Rollag, PO Box 999, Moorhead, MN 56561; (218) 233-1771.

Pennsylvania

Rough & Tumble Engineers Historical Assn. Steam School
When: May 16 and May 30
Where: Rough & Tumble grounds, Kinzers
Tuition: $75

The two-day course emphasizes safety, maintenance and operation. Mornings are devoted to classroom instruction; afternoon sessions consist of hands-on experience, including cleaning, inspection, maintenance and operation. Students will be introduced to operating railroad engines, a steam roller and various steam traction equipment. All materials are included. Class size is limited to 27, age 14 and older. Applications are being accepted now; early application is suggested as school fills quickly. Must be a Rough & Tumble member or join prior to steam school.

For more information: John Johnson (717) 442-4249; email: steamschool@comcast.net; Rough & Tumble Engineers Historical Assn.

Virginia

Somerset Steam & Gas Engine Assn. 17th Annual Somerset Steam School
When: April 11-12
Where: Fairfield View Dairy Farm, 14375 Blue Ridge Turnpike, Somerset, VA 22972
Tuition: $75

The course is divided into classroom and hands-on sessions with a focus on education, familiarization and safety in operation and maintenance of steam engines and boilers. All materials and two noon meals are included. Class size is limited to 20.

For more information: Gil Roberts, PO Box 492, Somerset, VA 22972; (540) 672-3429; email: info@somersetsteamandgas.org.

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Historical Steam Engine Assn. 12th Annual Steam School
When: Sept. 25-27
Where: Rock River Thresheree show grounds, Edgerton
Tuition: $65

Subjects include steam theory, boiler construction, safety, maintenance and operation with hands-on experience. All materials, coffee, donuts and lunch on Saturday and Sunday are included. Free primitive camping is available on the show grounds. The American Society of Power Engineers test will be offered (but is not mandatory) on Sunday for an additional fee of $55. Class size is limited to 40; preregistration is required. Completion counts for 16 hours toward those required to obtain a state operator’s license in Minnesota and Ohio.

For more information: Jeff Bloemers, Wisconsin Historical Steam Engine Assn. Steam School, 5903 Cart Path Rd., Sheboygan, WI 53081; (920) 287-1146; email: jwbsteam@gmail.com.

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