The Engine

Here is a picture of the engine that the motel owner bought from somewhere around Nelson, Nevada. This is one of several that was bought for the borax run out of Death Valley to replace the 20 mule teams but didn't make the grade. The child is my daughter

Harry J. Pearce

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Harry J. Pearce writes. . . . . . . .

A while back someone wrote you about the steam engine at Furnace Creek in Death Valley. The story goes that there were several of them bought to haul Borax from Death Valley. Well it seems proper engineers were scarce and one blew up so the rest of the population was scared of them. One was sold to an outfit at Nelson, Nev. for some sort of mining purposes and they finally got someone to run it to Nelson where it stayed until not too many years ago. A motel owner then bought it and it is now on display at Jean, Nevada. The water tank is gone from it and from pictures that I have seen of these engines they look like this might be the make of them. These engines were double cylinders and it sure was a long way to the top of the smoke stack.

In West Yellowstone I saw a Reeves Engine with a motel sign on it and it had wide rear wheels. From what I could see in the hand hold plates the boiler looked good. The gears all looked good but I couldn't find anyone who could tell me any thing about it. I guess that was be cause it was so early in the morning.

I saw quite a collection of old threshers in Arlington, Ohio. I asked a boy if I could look around and he said I would have to ask Homer but I couldn't find him so I left. Homer had a fire going in an Advance and the boy was watching it.

Harry J. Pearce, R. D. 4 Elkton, Md.


Dee Paul West writes . . . . . . .

Here is a picture of an old Stationary Engine that was striped down years ago and there is no name or date left on it. I dug it out of a creek where it was put years ago and have cleaned and painted it.. There were no wheels on it so I got three off of an old horse manure spreader and they seem to fit very well. Could you find out for me what make it was and about how old it is? I am trying to find some parts for it such as a flywheel or smoke stack or any other parts that would fit it.

I know that it is not a Case; from a picture I have seen, it does look like a Cooper but hardly think it is as the Cooper doesn't have the row of rivets around the center of the boiler.

Here are the measurements as near as I can give them. The boiler is about 6 ft. 6 in. long outside, the fire box is 22 inches wide, 28 inches long, up and dov:n, and is 34 inches deep from outside into the boiler. It has 17-3 inch flues and 1-4 inch flue in the center at the bottom.

Dee Paul West, 119 First St. Monroe City, Mo.

Can any of you veteran steam men help Mr. West? He'll be glad to hear from you!

William G. Glassco writes . .....

I am sending along two views of a free lance locomotive I have built. Perhaps some of your readers will be interested. The one photo was taken during construction as you can see while the other shows her under steam with my son Gray, as engineer.

The locomotive was built to 1 to foot scale 7' track gauge. Cylinders are 2 3/8Diam. by 3' stroke and drivers 6' Diam. The boiler is made from steel 9' diam. with 16-1' Diam. tubes.

William G. Glassco, R. R. 3, Chatham, Ontario, Canada