Tracing the lineage of a 60 HP 1926 Frick steam engine
Arvid Hamilton's 1926 Frick as it appears today, a clean, well-preserved and and well-maintained engine by anyone's standards. Unlike many steam traction engines, Arvid's Frick saw active employment for almost 50 years, only really retiring from a working lifea round 1972.
Arvid J. Hamilton's 1926 60 HP Frick, manfactured by Frick Co. Inc., Waynesboro, Pa.
Copies of the original build sheet for Arvid Hamilton's 60 HP 1926 Frick, engine serial number 28803, boiler number 16133. As the receipt shows, Hamilton's engine was ordered on May 26, 1926. The traction engine was complete June 4, 1926, and shipped a few weeks later on June 19, 1926. Historical documentation such as this is a rare treat, invaluable for confirming original fitments and specifications. It's interesting to note that original owner John Burchard's name is spelled "Burchart" on the original order sheet, seen here, but "Burchard" on the final date sheet (next photo).
The Frick as it appeared in 1998 when Ivan Zimmerman brought it back to Pennsylvania from Delaware. Ivan was responsible for the Frick's restoration, carrying out much needed repairs to the Frick's boiler, engineer platform and roof.
Ivan Zimmerman working the Frick on the sawmill at Rough & Tumble in 1999.
Final data sheet for John Burchard's 60 HP 1926 Frick steam engine, now owned by Arvid Hamilton.
Arvid Hamilton's 1926 60 HP Frick, manufactured by Frick Co. Inc., Waynesboro, Pa.