LETTER

English engine

This picture of the ruins of an English engine was taken at Port Orange, Florida in the summer of 1956. Note the boiler along the side. It looks like a big pipe but is really the remains of the boiler.

J. C. Cobb

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J. C. Cobb writes . . . . . . . . . .

The enclosed pictures tell their own story. I suggest you get out the March-April, 1955 issue and re-read the old sugar mill engine article. It was, to me, most interesting, so I finally visited the place and took a number of pictures.

I have dozens of pictures-will go for miles for a good snapshot. Just recently saw a small Frick portable that had been made into a tractor, and only a few weeks ago I 'discovered' two skinners, 350 and 375 HP still in daily use, and the big surprise just 50 miles from my home.

I just recently brought to light a small model that hadn't run since 1918 but with a little repair it went right off. This little engine was built over 50 years ago and has an interesting little story connected with it.

J. C. Cobb, Ronceverte, West Virginia

John Jeffrey writes . . . . . . . . .

Here is a picture of my Robert Bell 20-22 HP Engine, No. 309. It was built about 1911 or 1912 in Sea forth, Ontario. I have reflued this engine this year and am getting it in pretty good condition. I practically had to rebuild it all over.

I hope to use this engine for some work in our lumber yard very soon. It is still very snappy.

I have had some experience with engines in earlier years but really bought this engine 2 years ago more for a hobby and believe me I have a real congregation each weekend of old and new engineers. I have been asked how many miles I get to a gallon of gas. Ha, ha. It is quite a novelty in this area.

John Jeffrey, Box 58, Goderich, Ontario, Canada

Raymond C. Bickel writes. . . . . . . .

Here is a picture of my little engine that I built from steel blocks and brass. It is a double cylinder, 1 bore and a 2' stroke. It has rocker valves and is free lance. I made the front boiler and the fire pot, smoke box and stack on the rear boiler which was a gas fired boiler. I burn coal and wood. Top speed is 7 mph.

The engineer in the photo is my son, David. I am firing for him.

One boiler wasn't enough so my engine has two boilers. It makes for real conversation. Everyone asks why?

I showed this engine at the Valley City Sesquicentennial this year and at the Richland County Reunion at Mansfield, Ohio.

The car chassis is a Crosley.

Raymond C. Bickel and son, David, 498 W. College St., Oberlin, Ohio

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