The Rough Tumble Engineers Historical Society of Kinzers, Pennsylvania has been given a huge Snow steam pumping engine and pump, which it is taking apart for transportation from York, PA to its headquarters east of Lancaster, a distance of about 45 miles.
At least three large museums were offered the equipment but said they were unable to accept the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia. Problems of finance and logistics were cited.
The machinery was used by the York Water Company from 1914 until recently, pumping about 8 million gallons of water daily. It weighs over 50 tons.
Pat Kreider, Rough Tumble president, said a foundation will be built on the Rough & Tumble grounds. In the meantime, the parts will be sheltered in a warehouse at Dallastown, PA, near York.
Robert L. Johnson, of the Museum of Early Technology at Rossville, Georgia, appraised the unit at $87,500. He said it was interesting that a hobby group 'is getting together, using its own membership to move the unit and put it in a museum display.'
Jim Comte, of Elizabethtown, a member of R T who is a maintenance engineer, noted that the Snow 'won't be pumping water.' He added, 'we just don't have 8 million gallons of water there.'
William Markey, of Dallastown, a member, donated use of moving equipment, a crane, and lift truck. A lot of members joined in for the early part of the moving, which was hampered by snow and ice around the site.
The Sunday News, of Lancaster, covered the first step, and we appreciate being able to quote from its article by Scott Miller.