HAVE ONLY BEEN A Subscriber to your magazine for the last two years and therefore missed some of your articles sent in from eastern Canada before that time therefore believed there may be someone interested in the enclosed photo of a Waterloo 16 hp. engine which was taken this year at the Regina Golden Jubilee Exhibition by the Leader Post photographer.
Your magazine is certainly a very novel article and to many of us older engine fanciers it sure is tops. Wish it were published each week but then such might seriously interfere with duty since most things come to a stand-still for an hour or so when it arrives, so please keep up the good work.
This little Waterloo engine was built in June 1917 and is of the type commonly built for use in eastern Canada where most work was in the belt and with machinery working in barns, most of which were placed on high foundations with inclined driveways, so side mounted engines were almost a necessity and much the handier to operate. It was produced as a straw burner with the usual type straw-burner screen-top stack but I changed it over to a coal burner as you can see. It was sold New in 1926 at Hart Saskatchewan, and did some threshing there for a few seasons then was taken north to Nip a win where I found it late in 1954 after the death of the owner, brought it home here and spent all my spare time since then, and until exhibition time, renewing it. Displayed it together with a display from the Western Development Museum for the enjoyment of our old timers, this having been celebrating year for fiftieth birthday of our province.
Serial number of this engine is 1646, cylinder is 7?x10, boiler pressure was 165 lbs., 31? inch connecting rod, link valve gear, with most convenient adjustment features, driving a box-type valve of their own design. Firebox is 38x26x32 deep, forty one flues, thirty inch barrel, triple lap joint and the whole engine is almost like new, this due to it not being suitable for drawbar work in our loose western soil, but as a belt engine one could not find better, so snappy and lively. These engines have a novel adjustable exhaust nozzle operated by a hand-wheel from outside the smoke-box, a fine feature for change in jobs or change in fuels, four positions, and four different diameters.
I placed the gauge on the dome beside the whistle to be more out of the way and also welded cross angles to the bottoms of the platform sills in order to increase the depth of the two water tanks without increasing their over-all height, this gave it considerable more water capacity which was needed but otherwise the engine is renewed as issued from the factory. The lion's head (in relief) trade mark cast into the smoke box door is a work of art and since this picture was taken I have applied one of their old transfer trade mark emblems to each water tank. These really set her off and I am sorry I was unable to apply them in time to be included.
By this time someone may be wondering 'what prompted him to do that?' Well that story began in Ontario about 1900 when a little boy then two years old feasted on steam engines constantly for many years, or until he left home late in '16, and steam in that country was well on the way out. Unfortunately steam in our vicinity (Oakville) was the first to suffer and as there was little to encourage a thresherman's life in those parts, except the love of an engine, it became necessary to look elsewhere. Steam took me railroading of course, but not on the head end, that was just too tough in those days for my long back, but have maintained a close touch with steam throughout, taking a trip to see any of the old loves whenever an opportunity presented, and always with the thought 'oh if she were only mine and we had WORK to do'.
Finally that idea took, but proper, aided somewhat by the '54 celebration at Montpelier which my wife and I enjoyed very much and on my return the idea of trying to form a local club of enginemen in this locality, at which to date have not had too much success but still plenty of hope. A good friend, Wilbur Frew, of Pense, 20 miles west, has a Case 60 and a Gaar Scott 25 double, another friend Bernard Dale of Brier crest, 40 miles southwest, has a lovely Case 65 (outfit complete) and recently I have acquired a lovely Sawyer Massey 76hp. rear mount one of their latest, that together with my little working scale model Sawyer Massey 115hp. (one inch to the foot) gives us some hope of gathering a club together in the future. We are all members of the Pioneer Club at Saskatoon but that is 170 miles away and hot too convenient to attend regularly.
When a boy I was surrounded by all makes of Canadian engines, one or two Case 50's, all makes of road rollers including several British and was fortunate enough to have been permitted to operate them all, some just for the pleasure of it ... things were different in those days . . . also was around the Sawyer Massey plant in Hamilton a good deal and knew well many of their key men, among whom my uncle Mark was for several years their engine tester and finisher as they passed from the erecting to the paint shop . . . we had experiences plenty, some of which are as vivid yet as when they happened, e.g., hens on the buffet at dinner time . . . but not often, other memories of hearing the decking of a bridge cutting off as fast as the drivers would climb from breaking to a good or better plank and the horror which went with it ... or making a very lively pass at a spot burning through your back where a cinder had taken hold . . . this when safe to take the screen out on the sawmill, and believe me firing with green slabs and cutting heavy hardwood timber with a small engine was not exactly the makings of a picnic.
Before we cut too much timber and space hereon had better bring this to an end.
W. E. DEARING, 33 our Appell Apts., Regina, Saskatchewan
MIDWEST GROUP MEETS
On December 11th, 1956, the Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Association, Inc., held their yearly meeting at City Hall in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa with about 50 persons present. They planned for their Reunion for 1957 to be held at McMillan Park at Mt. Pleasant, September 4-5-6-7.
At the meeting the following officers were re-elected: President, Wm. O. Sater, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; Vice President, Lyle Burroughs, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; Secretary, Mrs. Peter Bucher, Fairfield, Iowa; Treasurer, Milo Mathews, Mt. Union, Iowa.
'SAGINAW VALLEY' LIVE STEAM ASSOCIATION, INC.
5309 Susan, Flint, Michigan
Most of our members take the ALBUM and even bring it to our meetings.
We had our second annual election of officers December 15, 1956. Mr. J. Bullock was re-elected President; Mr. Carl Johnson re-elected Vice President; and Mr. Seeley Randall was elected Secretary-Treasurer.
The date for the Second Annual Convention is July 27th and 28th, 1957. The place to be determined later.
Anyone who has some sort of steam power and who is interested in our Club, in or around Flint, please contact your truly, Orville Estes, 1145 W. Howard Ave., Flint, Michigan, Phone SU 97448.