Gary Yaeger recalls his 10 favorite steam engines.
Author Gary Yaeger's father, Joe Yaeger, firing a 20 hp Reeves Highwheeler in about 1920 on their family farm in Montana's Judith Basin, turning an Aultman-Taylor threshing machine.
Author Gary Yaeger's dad, firing a 32 hp Reeves cross-compound. His uncle Bill is steersman and his uncle Audie was plowman.
Alva Stevens' (later, the Kolar brothers') Reeves double-simple 32 hp engine got stuck pulling a neighbor's house. Author Gary Yaeger's uncle Fritz came to the rescue with their 20 hp Highwheeler (front).
Author Gary Yaeger's dad on the rear of the 16 hp Russell engine he bought in the fall of 1957.
Mike Tyler, 12, and author Gary Yaeger at age 11, running the Nichols & Shepard double-cylinder 20-70 Gary's father traded at our farm in the spring of 1955.
Author Gary Yaeger on his 15 hp Case engine and tender at a local show in 2004.
Author Gary Yaeger's son Mike, engineering the 40 hp Peerless as it pulls the 20-bottom John Deere plow at Belgrade in about 1990. Gary's below as his fireman.
Author Gary Yaeger after engineering the 40 hp Reeves when it was located at Cedar Falls, Iowa, in 1992.
Author Gary Yaeger in the cab of a 32 hp J.I. Case owned by the late Walter Mehmke at an early Carl Mehmke Plow Day near Great Falls, Mont.
Author Gary Yaeger on the engineer's platform of the 1878 Blumentritt engine at Osage, Iowa, in August 2007.