Letter

Santa Fe Steam Locomotive

The Steam Locomotive came of age in 1925 when Lima brought out the 153 ton ''Berkshire'' super heater, Welded flues W. P. 300 lbs. Walschaert Valve Gear; it made for a new breed of locomotive power. A bit later a further improvement was the Timpkin roller

Hollis Cortetyou

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Courtesy of LaRoy Caldwell, R. R. 6,

Connersville, Indiana 47331 While looking through some of my Uncle Luther Caldwell's old letters, I came upon one he had written to the American Threshermen in 1927 and apparently had not mailed. I want to keep the original but have made an exact copy for you as I think it would make interesting reading for the readers of the ALBUM.

Rushville, Indiana, March 31, 1927 Dear Uncle Silas,

Editor of The American Threshermen Madison, Wis.

I am writing to you to tell you about some threshing that was recently done in Rush County. I thought it would make some interesting reading in the coloms of the Thresherman and that you would be glad to publish it.

On December 17 & 18 after a spell of dry and freezing weather Wyett Bell threshed 235 bu. of wheat out of shock on the Frank Capp farm.

This wheat sold for 65 cts. pr. bu.

Unfavorable weather delayed the threshing again and it was not resumed until March 3 and 4 when the job was finished making a total of 657 bu. threshed. The wheat threshed in March sold for 85 cts. pr. bu.

This wheat had stood in the shock from the time it was harvested until it was threshed.

All of the shock was threshed except the bundles that lay on the ground. 234 bu. of Oats was also threshed in March out of shock, but the outside bundles were thrown out.

It is doubtful if threshing of this kind has ever been done before in Indiana.

I have given you the details. I am sure that you will be able to write them and get them in better shape for the press then I have.

Yours respectively,

Luther Caldwell, Rushville, Ind. R.R. 6

Courtesy of Hollis Cortetyou, Higgins, Texas

I wish to commend Mr. Earnest Sevde, Toledo, Iowa, May 1966 Album, on his narrative concerning the Santa Fe Steam Locomotive No. 2913 now on display at Ft. Madison, Iowa. His is a correct report of this calss of Santa Fe power before the diesel displaced them. Higgins is on the Santa Fe Main line, Chicago to Los Angeles, and the 5000 and 2900 class of engines used to blast through here with 100 to 150 cars at 60 to 85 m.p.h. over 136 lb. welded rail. This photo is a true picture of the first of the 5000 class of locomotives now on display near Santa Fe Depot at Amarillo, Texas. Vance Stickley (retired fireman) told me he was firing the 5000 and watched its speedometer register a million miles. The company owned 36 of this class, 30 of the 2900 class, both Baldwin built. These locomotives were the company's last order for steamers. They were tireless brutes equipped with super heaters, W. P. 315 lbs and welded flues. They ran without change the full length of the system, without change other than engine crews. These were all simple engines, and as Mr. Sevde states, replaced all Mallet Compounds. At the turn of the century the compound locomotive was thought to be the 'wave of the future' for locomotive practice but that proved to be just a bad dream. I have been a subscriber to 'Railroad Magazine' since 1906 and they reported in the early 1920's but two, short lines had several compounds in service.

* W. P. (Working Pressure).