Case plowing

Jack W. Beamish

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This is my 28-75 Case plowing in October 1974 on my Uncle's land [Doug Beamish]. We are pulling 10-14' bottoms. This land is very heavy. If the plows weren't right in, they just dragged on top. Myself operating, my cousin, Robert, firing. My other cousin, Ed, lifting in levers and also on the plow in my good steam friend, Gordon Mundle of Binscarth.

To all Iron-Men Album Readers - I would like to point out something about horsepower. All 75 Case's were not 25 HP. The older engines were because they only had 250 square feet of heating surface. By the way: the first figure is not draw bar HP - it is boiler HP. The second number represented belt HP. My 75 Case engine has a triple riveted lap seam boiler the same that was placed on many 80 HP Case engines. The heating surface is 282.6 square feet. There is 1 boiler HP for every 10 square feet of heating surface. Divide 282.6 by 10 and you get 28 HP.

The butt strap boiler on the 80 HP Case had 283.1 square feet. The only difference is there are 56 tubes instead of 58 and the tubes are 100-1/2' instead of 96-1/2'. Draw bar HP was calculated 50% to 75% of HP of engine which would give you 28 to 56 HP on the 28-75 Hp Case. I have been very disappointed to see so many write ups take the first figure as drawbar HP which is not so!

Right shot shows the Case pulling 10 bottoms in good tough stubble land. Gordon Mundle of Binscarth is operating, while I am firing. We also used my Uncle Doug's 22-65 Case. The 75 with its 11 X 11 bore and stroke, same as the 80, handled the 10 bottoms very easily.

This picture was taken on the grounds of the Allegheny Mountaineers 1975 Show. The show was over and the engines were lined up here to be picked up by Dennis Smith's low boy truck to be hauled to the Morrison Cove Power Reunion which would be the following week.

The first engine in line is a Peerless owned by Blair Sell of Duncansville, Pa.; next engine is a Frick owned by Lloyd Calhoun of Everett, Pa.; next in line is a Frick owned by Lester Beach of Martinsburg, Pa.; another Frick owned by Joe Dull of Alum Bank, Pa.; then a Frick owned by Dennis Smith of Roaring Springs, Pa.; then a Case owned by James Stiffler of Altoona, Pa.; and last engine is a Huber owned by Henry Dull of Alum Bank, Pa. Picture was taken by Ethel Moch of Alum Bank.

My friend, Gordon Mundle and myself standing beside a piece of boiler plate. The dome on the wagon top had blown off and the stays in the leg had been broken in half like toothpicks. The iron was 1/2' thick. This engine blew up in 1899 near Millwood, Manitoba. The cause was believed to be low water. The engineer and fireman were killed. Pieces of them were supposed to be hanging in the trees off the right of was. We dug this piece out of the ground quite some distance away from the fence off the right of way. The boiler and tender apparently blew off the wheels. The train was supposed to have coasted about two it did. He was supposed to have walked to the front to find nothing but the wheels. A resident in the town still has the fire door complete with the cast frame. The brass bell was sold several years ago for $3.00. The tender was completely buried over about seven years ago on the right of way along with the rest of the pieces of boiler plate. We dug down through about four feet of earth and roots for the plate. This particular piece was 73' wide and 14'6' long and weighed approximately 1800 lbs.