GAS ENTHUSIAST LEARNS SOMETHING ABOUT STEAM

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3651 U.S. Rt. 322, Box 133, Williams field, Ohio 44093

Pictured is a little steam engine I bought four or five years ago and had done nothing with until last winter.

I am not a steam engine buff, but lean rather heavily toward gasoline one lungers. I have 15 ranging in size from 1 to 18 horsepower.

I have a neighbor and very good friend, Fred Hart, who knew I had this little steam engine. He is 95 years old and is a steam engine nut. He has worked steam engines since he was 19 years old. He had run the old traction engines on threshing rigs, saw mills, had a stationary boiler and engine in his own saw mill and had fired boilers in the steel industry.

Fred knew I had this little engine and called me one evening last winter. He said 'Don, we should get that little steam engine going. I would love to run it at the engine show in June over in Pennsylvania.' So I said I would get it out, clean and paint it and we could hook it up to an air tank. He said, 'No! No! you will have to build a boiler for it.' When I said I didn't know anything about building a boiler he said 'I do.' So we got together and he told me what I needed. I rounded up the materials and made the boiler using the bottom of a cast iron domestic coal fired water heater for grates and ash pit made the fire box. I used a piece of 8' pipe for the boiler putting in 1 flues.

On May 15, 1980 Fred came up to my shop. Another engine nut and neighbor, Don Bryan, came and we carried the engine and boiler outside and fired it up.

When we turned the steam into that engine Fred was right in his glory. We then belted it to an old barrel churn.

Fred did not run the engine at the Pennsylvania show as he was in the hospital, but we had two engine shows here at my place and Fred was here having a ball with the steam engine and all the other show engines.