I would like to give some information about the picture on page 16 of the November-December issue of the Album. I helped rebuild one back in 1902. It had new flues or tubes, rebabbit and crankshaft and a new stack and smoke box. It also had a super heater as you see in the picture. The steam came from dome down through large fire tube and returned upward to cylinder. It either burned out or forget to drain. The valve gear was (as I remember) like the Heilman or Arnold, only using a cog arrangement to shift the eccentric for reverse, no hook up. The rear axle was square and spring mounted, also the bull or master gears had springs. The clutch was a pin. The cab folded over the platform to run in the shed. The rear drivers were oiled by what I term loose pulley (might have had a wick).
I later owned this and about 1930 I sold it for junk for $10.00. It was a 10HP.
Some people suggested having a question box at the reunions. I would be glad to help answer any questions that I could. I suggest that the Album print cards to be given at the gate and those interested could write their questions regarding steam traction engines on them.
T. S. Stingle, Pine Village, Ind.
The steam engine situation here on the Is'd is rather hopeless and there are few places left worth exploring. Therefore the only hope of ever owning one rests with the fate of an A. B. Farquhar that I have known about for about eight years. It may be of interest to some of my fellow enthusiasts to hear about it and those of the readers that are better informed than I may be encouraged to come forward to tell me about Farquhar engines thus raising my morale.
She is a moose of an engine by any standards. I say this even the she is buried above the axles under a sawmill in the Port Alberni Valley. Some of the sawmill beams rest upon the poor old thing. Platforms and tanks appear to be missing as is the smoke box and stack. The flywheel is off but there is a wheel that could be it if I knew how big it should be. The engine is a husky looking twin with Woolf valve gear. It is still 'alive' running a planer line shaft on steam from the big mill boiler. It is a rear mounted with gearing that looks to be built for heavy duty. Some say it did some threshing in the valley. Before that it surely must have been a 'contractors engine'. The front wheels are wide without skid rim. The rears are twenty-one inches wide with plain steel bars about one inch by two and one half wide that would not marr a good road yet give some grip when needed. I'd like very much to see what the dirt and sawdust hides.
Every opportunity will be taken to collect the history of this engine. The mill will likely run for a few years yet but who can say for sure in this day of large firms absorbing the small companies.
Neil Brady Browne, R. R. 2 (Discovery Rd.), Campbell River, British Columbia
I was delighted to find my snapshot and letter in the September-October Album. A few days after the magazine came out I received a letter from Mr. H. S. Turner of the Huron County Pioneer Museum, Goderich, Ontario, the owners of the old thresher. He stated that it was manufactured in the 1870's by Bricker and Company of Waterloo, Ontario. In 1888 Mr. E. W. B. Snider bought out the Bricker Company and started the Waterloo Thresher Co.
They continued to make the Bricker machines and added blowers and self feeders as time went along and they restored the name, 'Champion' although they did not originate it.
I called it a Waterloo Champion but was not strictly correct. Mr. Turner also said that Mr. Hugh Chesholm of Sarnia, Ontario has another old Bricker machine restored and running.
The Huron County Museum had a very fine collection of old farm machinery and many other things including a locomotive. It would be nice to take a day to get a good look at it all.
C. F. Greenfield, Box 723 Kincardene, Ontario, Canada
In the March April issue of Iron-Men Album, 1959, a picture of showing how to set an engine on dead center, seems right, stating from Page 59 of the Steam Engine Guide that the letters were not placed in the right position.
Me and Mr. Reddicopp, were looking at it in the Guide, but couldn't figure it out. There seemed to be something wrong, but I realize that you engineers are wide awake and I give you credit for it.
I'm interested in you model builders do you buy rough unfinished castings and finish them and put them together? All this requires a lot of tools to work with as a lathe, press drill, thread cutter, etc. As for a neighbor of mine, made one cylinder out of Babbit and Flywheel, but I wrecked it when I was a small boy and the parts are lost, so I had to see how it was made.
So tell me about it, you fellow steam engineers.
Jacob P. D. Tiessen, R. R. 1 Abbotsford, British Columbia T. C. H. 3868, Canada
Although I was not reared on a steam engine I have been a great lover of them since I was a small boy. I have owned several tractions. The first engine that I operated was a 12 HP Westinghouse with a hand fed 28' Separator, I was 19 years old at that time, incidentally, that was 58 years ago.
I well remember the first steam engine I ever saw. At the time I was 3 years old and after breakfast that morning I wandered outside the kitchen door and in front of me stood a monster with smoke coming out the top. Badly frightened, I ran back into the house. The engine was not running because they had not started to thresh yet. The engine was a 10 HP Westinghouse.
I saw-milled most of my useful years, although during World War 2 I worked at maintenance on steam locomotives at a steel mill, which I enjoyed very much.
We have seen many changes during the past 50 years. The steam locomotives are all gone and the tractor has replaced the traction engine. The saw mills are all run by diesel or electric power.
As I stated before I am an ardent lover of steam. I believe it dates back to the morning of my experience with the 10 HP Westinghouse.
Here is a picture of my engine that took me six years to build. It will go down the road and handles easily at better than 20 miles per hour. I just got it finished and have been operating it since August of this year. The engine is 22 ft. long over all. It has a water tank under the cab which holds for the boiler.
I believe I have experienced more satisfaction with this engine than anything I ever had before. I filled one silo one afternoon. The boys gather around when I fire it up. Boys of all ages I mean. Some are as old as I but still we are boys.
Fred J. Hart, Williamsfield, Ohio