Data on Return Flue 'Geiser'

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Sykesville, Maryland

In regard to an article on page 33 of the Jan.-Feb. Album written by Mr. H. H. Hetherington, 621 N. Grove, Wichita, Kansas, concerning a return flue 'Geiser' traction engine, I do have some information. I have several catalogs of Geiser engines, threshers, and saw mills, built before the turn of the century. In the 1897 catalog, there is shown a 'Geiser' return flue traction engine which has a straw burning boiler. It says in the description that it could be equipped with grates to burn coal if desired. According to the description and the pictures, it is almost exactly like the one shown in the picture on page 33 of the Album, Jan.-Feb. 1966. I see three features which are different on the engine shown in the 'Album'. The smoke stake seems to be built on the rear end of the boiler, very much like the other makes of this type of engine. The engine shown in my catalog has the stack right on top of the boiler. The boiler appears to be longer to the rear also. The next feature which is different is the fire door. The boiler in my catalog has a chute instead of a door for use of straw as fuel, where as the engine in the 'Album' has a door for firing with coal. Another difference I noticed was the steam dome on the engine in the 'Album' appears to be larger than the one shown in my catalog. All other features seem to be the same. It is my opinion that the engine shown in the 'Album' is either a later model or one designed especially for burning coal and wood. My 1897 'Geiser' catalog is the latest one I have and it is the only one with this type of engine listed. I hope there is yet one in existence.