'On Display in Washington, D.C.'

Huber traction engine

Courtesy of Mr. Raymond T. Stout, 6124 - 30th. St., N. W. Washington, D. C. Pictured is the model live steamer Huber traction engine that I built.

Raymond T. Stout

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6124 - 30th St., N.W., Washington 15, D.C.

This miniature Huber Traction Engine which I have made from the raw materials mostly is scaled about one to eight, has the usual working parts and is a live steamer. It is equipped with safety valve set at 70 pounds. It has the Wolf Valve Gear, friction clutch, water gauge, gauge cocks and a live whistle. This engine is about 22' long. The boiler cylinder is 4-' in diameter. The boiler, tanks and levers are nickel, the cylinder jacket copper overlaying brass under the design cutouts. The crank wheel, fly wheel, gears, castings and platform are brass. Ground wheels are red and this is about the extent of paint, the remainder is natural color metals. I drew the designs, made the patterns and did all the castings. Not having access to a machine shop I hand made a gear cutting attachment for the lathe and milled the teeth in all the gears and they do work smoothly. I may mention that I am not a mechanic and never worked in a shop.

January 1, 1935 a letter from the Huber Manufacturing Company, of Marion Ohio reads in part, and I quote, 'We are pleased to give you permission to construct a model of our Huber separator and also to put our name on same when completed. 'We feel honored to have you select the Huber for your model, and we will be pleased to cooperate with you to make it a true copy, as nearly as possible'

Very truly yours, The Huber Manufacturing Company, A. W. Newby, President

A letter dated November 1, 1935 and I quote, 'While checking through some files today I ran across copy of 'The Model maker' for April 1935 containing picture and description of the model Huber Roto Rack separator you constructed from drawings we furnished you.' 'This appears to be a very fine piece of work and certainly looks like the real thing and you are to be complemented on having made such a faithful reproduction'.

Yours very truly, The Huber Manufacturing Company, A. W. Newby, President

I no longer have the separator as this was my 1935 activity. When I built the engine in 1962, it seems as if the Huber Mfg. Co., was no longer carrying on as such, therefore I used their name on the engine as they had authorized for the separator.

This engine has now been given to the Smithsonian Institution of Washington, D.C. and is the property of the American People and is on display at the National Museum, in the city of Washington.

A letter dated July 28, 1965, and I quote, 'I have learned of the beautiful model of the 1901 Huber steam tractor that you so generously donated to the Smithsonian Institution'. 'It gives me great pleasure to accept this model on behalf of the United States National Museum as an addition to our collection of farm tools and machinery'. 'It will be entered in our records as a gift in your name'

Yours very truly, P. W. Bishop, Chairman Department of Arts & Manufactures..