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Just another lump of coal to keep up the steam as I don't want to miss a single issue. To use Gilmar Johnson's words, 'The biggest and best little magazine out yet.'

Last year I sent a letter with my subscription and you printed it. This brought me a letter from an old engineer down in St. Louis, Missouri. He used to work around here before the railroad strike in 1920. He was very happy to hear about all the older folks he used to know. Some of the families he mentioned have children living here yet that remember him so they had some nice correspondence.

I attended the Nelson's Steam Reunion at Rollag and got to see a hand fed separator in operation. Very good show and turnout as that organization is growing rapidly.

Keep up the good work as I look for the next issue long before it is due.

I. K. HAUGEN, Hanaford, North Dakota




Dear Friends,

About two years ago, after nearly ten years of looking, I finally located and purchased a 15' gauge 4-4-0 park type steam locomotive. A picture of it is shown to the right. It is about 9 feet long over engine and tender, and the cab is about 34' above the rail.

The engine was well worn when we got it, and when we decided to rebuild it, we made patterns so we could build engines for sale. We purchased two boilers and are now set up to make engines in commercial production. Our original engine will be ready to run in February and the new one in March. The new engine will be a duplicate of the one shown to the right.

These locomotives, as you will remember if you are old enough, were dandies. They are simple and ruggedly built so that they can take the use and abuse incidental to park operation. In hobby service they should last indefinitely. The boiler is 3/8' plate and made to conform to all the codes.

The engine is really fun to run. It looks, sounds, smells and handles just like a standard gauge engine. I ran standard gauge engines about thirty years ago, and I had never run a small one till we got ours. I was not a bit disappointed in the small one. The skill required to handle the throttle is the same and when you stick your head out and look at the side rods and the drivers, you know you are running a live steam locomotive. It has plenty of power to pull 20 adults on two cars. We burn coal.

The purpose of this letter is to try t o find out how many people might be interested in purchasing this type of locomotive. If you are interested, I hope you will write me.

By the time I receive your letter, we will have full price information available so we can send you a price. If enough interest develops, we will also build a car and fabricate track and switches. We use 12 pound rail welded to steel ties. It works fine.

We should be able to deliver the first engine in April. Do you want it?




As editor of such a fine paper, I feel congratulations are in order as I sure look forward to the coming of the ALBUM. Seems odd that I have lived all these 63 years and only last year a years subscriptions was sent me by a friend from Glendale, California. So as long as I live I hope to always get the ALBUM.

Of course I am an old steam man as I threshed with steam a good many seasons. Owned my own rig from 1917 to 1925 and feel we should have a steam outfit in every district as they are sure a great attraction to both young and old. If you ever heard of the International Peace Garden, I live just 16 miles from it.

CLARENCE ARMITAGE,  Boissevain, Man., Canada

(We were in the Peace Garden in July and drove up to your city. Read this letter when we came back or we would have looked you up and had dinner. Editor)


Keep the steam going as it's getting better from time to time and am almost smelling smoke. Will shut off the damper and say 'Thanks.'

LEVI E. MILLER, R. D. 2, Fredericksburg, Ohio


Thank you Orrin G. Seaver, 953 Sheridan Avenue, Ypsilanti, Michigan, for your letter on the typographical error that appeared in Mr. Sweet's article, 'Throttling Governors', that appeared in the last issue of the ALBUM. I'll thank you too for the fine comments directed to Elmer, since he turned the letter over to me when I admitted the error.

The last line starting on page 4 and continued on page 5 of the January-February issue reads, 'This force is called centrifugal action.' It should read, 'This force is called a centripetal force.'


The Pioneer Engineers Club of Indiana, Inc., Reunion was held Aug. 2, 3 and 4, 1957 at the Rush County Conservation Club grounds. It was a great success in all ways.

The weather was ideal, attendance was extra good, more engines and other displays were shown. More than 25,000 people attended for the 3 days.

Folks from far-distant states as well as from Indiana and surrounding states came to see these old timers perform once again.

All engines were fired up and in operation each day threshing, saw-milling, fan testing, etc.

Engines on the grounds were well known makes, such as Gaar-Scott, single and double; Huber road roller and Huber traction engine; Bakers, Reeves double; Russells; Nichols & Shepard double; Frick double; Keck-Gonnerman; Advance-Rumely; Case; Kitten; Minneapolis. Case 6 hp. self propelled on truck chassis, nickel plated. All boilers were state inspected. Quite a few models patterned from the larger well-known makes and others designed from the owner's own ideas were displayed.

Model steam merry-go-round, models built out of wood patterned after the large steam engines, old antique machinery such as 1-horse cultivators (Muley), etc. This old machinery drew a lot of attention from the visitors. There was a working model of a Horse power and separator as used in 1884. Separators in operation were Russell, Reeves, Keck-Gonnerman, very old Aultman Taylor separator with hand feed and drag stacker, in operation, horse power hay and straw baler, Reeves saw mill operating each day.

Two fans were in operation continuously each day. Quite a few of the old well-known tractors were on display, such as the Rumely Oil Pull, Huber-Heider, La Rue 3-cylinder gas engine, made in 1911, the only one made. There was the Trading Post where a lot of swaping was done. Stanley engines for Stanley Steam car, also Locomobile engines, pop corn machine engines. The Glenwood Fire Department had a pumper on the grounds for fire protection, also P.A. system and first aid. There was a Red Cross first aid tent.

Walt Disney had his cameramen on the grounds taking pictures for his TV show and there were many other camera fans taking movies and still pictures. The Rushville Salvation Army Chapter was in charge of the Church services Sunday morning.

Lunches and meals were furnished by the New Salem Methodist Church, Andersonville Eastern Star, Hannin-gan Adult Class, St. Maurice Community Club, Delta Theta Sorority Club of Rushville, Rushville Lions Club, and the New Augusta Boy Scouts had charge of parking cars.

The Club had a very good and interesting show and are planning now for a larger and better show next year.

From all reports, the folks attending this Reunion were well pleased and a large majority plan to be back next year. See you there!



Mr. Louis V. Johnson, 180 So. May St., Bensenville, Illinois, says ''I notice in the Nov.-Dec. issue an article by Mr. Steinmetz of Wisconsin concerning a power lift he made for handling lumber.

'If anyone is interested in making one like it, I have at my disposal a telescopic lift from a 5 ton Baker lift. It raised about 8 ft. high. Will lift 3 tons at 24 inch on the forks. Forks are 48 inches long. I have the lift, tank, control valves, pump and fittings. Also have a heavy weight to help counter balance it. If anyone is interested drop me a line.'