My Items Of Interest

Steam Engines

Courtesy of James E. Lancaster, Box 415, Mt. Savage, Maryland 21545

James E. Lancaster

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Box 415, Mt. Savage Maryland, 21545

I am enclosing herewith a picture of my group of steam engines and other items which I have made in the course of the last 9 years. I will describe each article as it appears in the picture beginning from left to right as follows.

No. 1 is my replica of a Climax steam locomotive, It is built about 1/3 size or 4' to the foot, It is mounted on rubber and driven from the four rear wheels and steered from the four front wheels. It has two sets of brakes; one is hydraulic, the other is air. It has two injectors and and two whistles and a bell, speed is about twenty miles an hour in high gear. It has 3 speeds, forward or backward. Weight 5100 lbs.

No. 2 is my replica of the famous General locomotive used in the great locomotive chase of the civil war. This one is a gasoline propelled job and has a four cylinder Leroy air cooled engine with four speed transmission and four wheel drive. It is built to a scale of about 4' to the foot. It also has bell and whistle which blows by air, having an air compressor installed to operate whistle, It has mechanical brakes. Speed a-bout 25 M.P.H.

No. 3 is my size replica of a model U Peerless traction engine, center crank. It weighs 3600 lbs. It has one injector and boiler feed pump. The cylinder bore is 5' x 5' stroke. Diameter of flywheel is 24' x 5' face. Whole engine is about 10 ft. long. This is a fine engine and has received a lot of favorable comment at the different steam shows where I have had it on exhibition.

No. 4 is our size replica of an early Aultman Taylor with the drive shaft on the side to the rear wheels. This is a very good account of itself on a large hay baler at the New Centerville Firemen's Jubilee. All the old timers long for a chance to run it. It performs beautifully. It weighs about 3000 lbs.

No. 5 is our model of a Model R. Peerless of the period of about 1893.

It is built to size of the prototype as it appeared around the turn of the century, It is a fine model and has the reverse mechanism built inside the crankshaft as was the original.

It has wood wheels and all the features found in the Engines built at this vintage date. It weighs about 2950 lbs.

No. 6 is a replica of an early high wheel automobile of the vintage of 1893. It has the tiller type steering gear and outside lever brake. It is modeled after the Duryea auto, of that vintage. It is powered by a two cylinder automobile engine taken from a 1949 Crosley car. It performs beautifully at about twenty five M.P.H. Its weight is 850 lbs.

No. 7 is a STEAM automobile I am in the process of building at the present time. I have it well under way with frame and body and wheels etc, completed. Boiler and engine are mounted and ready for burner piping and accessories to be completed and tested. It is not copied after any previous car that was ever built but rather is of my own design. Not yet weighed.

No. 8 is a model of a Peerless engine model G. It is scaled to 4' to the foot. The cylinder bore is 3' x 4' stroke, fly wheel is 16' x 3.7'face. Boiler is 10' diam. 40' long with ample firebox for easy steaming. I use it on my up and down saw mill which I had at New Centerville Jubilee last September 12-13-14. It was built in 1968.

No. 9 is my model of a model (R) Peerless. This one is built in scale or 3' to the foot. It and the threshing machine (no. 12 in the picture) are a complete threshing outfit and will thresh grain as completely as did the prototype in years gone by.

No. 10 is my Consolidation Locomotive as built and used by the Cumberland & Pennsylvania R.R. in Mt. Savage Md. It is built to the scale of 1' to the foot, and performs beautifully.

No. 11 is a model of a Wood Taber & Morse, Four wheel drive Traction Engine which my father owned and used when I was a small boy, It is built to two' to the foot and drives on two or four wheels as selected by the operator.

These were very hard to steam and anyone could keep steam in them could consider himself a very good engineer.

I tried it many times but was never able to keep it hot as it was used mostly on a saw mill. It being only 12 HP, it worked it to the most of its capacity all the time.

No. 12 is the threshing machine (Peerless) 3' to the foot which I have also operated with the Wood Taber & Morse engine. It handled it most satisfactorily, but the 3' model R peerless does a better job and more easily. No trouble for steam with the Peerless engine.

No. 13 is a Tractor which I built for use around here to move dead steam engines around. Also in loading them for shipment to local exhibitions and for plowing snow. It has a four speed transmission and a 12 HP Motor, 4 cylinder Waukesha and has plenty of power.

I have a number of other small items which are not in the picture but are on display at my place. Along with my (VERY-UNUSUAL). Display of Model Railroad Equipment in a room 16x20 ft. This display is unique in that it has never been duplicated in the U.S.A., it being the result of some thirty years of time and effort. I am now getting old, and would consider disposing to a museum, or others.