Advance 30 HP Cross-Compound Steam Engine: A Story of Finds and Friendship
Clyde E. Corley and the "Strawberry" Engine
The Advance 30 HP cross-compound, serial no. 11574, (the left-hand side is shown here) at Pioneer Power Days in Lewistown, Mont., June 8, 2002. This is the only 30 HP cross-compound known to exist.
The 30 HP cross-cound Advance, this time with the right-hand side of the steam engine shown.
The 30 HP Advance cross-compound goes for some plowing at Lewistown, Mont., June 7, 2003. Tom Railback is steering, while this article's author, David Vanek Jr., tends to engineering duties.
The Advance 30 HP is belted to the separator. Article author David Vanek Jr. is throwing off the belt, while his brother Alan Venek (right) gives directions. Brother-in-law Lem Robinson is on the engine.
From left, this article's author David Vanek Jr., Clyde Corley and Jim Spevac at Carl Mehmke's on June 21, 2002, near Great Falls, Mont.
75 HP Case engine, no. 27816, is run by Clyde Corley at Pioneer Power Days in Lewistown, Mont., June 9, 2001. Clyde, who was 93 at the time, belted the steam engine to the separator by himself in one try. This article's author, David Vanek Jr., owns the Case.