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3/4 Scale Traction Engine

This month's cover features a photo of a 3/4 scale traction engine. Contributed by Locomotion Model Engineering (Poole) Ltd. ''Model and Precision Engineers'' 3 Grand Parade, High Street (Old Town), Poole, Dorset, England

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This is the picture of the accident of my father and his steam engine. This happened on November 5, 1923 in the Ganaraska River which runs approximately 5 miles north of Port Hope. He escaped without injury. He was trapped for one hour before help got him clear, as he went down with his engine. The sleepers broke on one side causing the engine to turn over on its' side. This was his first engine an 18 horse American Able he purchased in 1913. The front wheels were smashed off and fly broke. The boiler was not damaged and this engine was put back in service again but not by my father. He went on with another steamer and finished his fall threshing, which he had done for forty years. My father was one lucky man to survive the wreck.

This engine is a 1/3 scale Advance engine built and is owned by George Mochinski, 538 1st, N. Winsted, Minnesota 55395. Finished in 1972, it is a 3' x 4' engine with Marsch Valve Gear. The boiler has 14 one inch flues. George worked three years, almost all in spare time, to complete it. It burns coal or wood but he finds propane gas convenient, using a burner he made.

Old Time Threshing Scene, near Harrison, Arkansas. This was before the adjustable sieves came along. (Note an extra sieve on top of separator.) The rig was steam powered, was owned by Hugh L. Trotter. The negative was loaned to me by a distant relative of Hugh L. Trotter, Mr. Dennis Trotter of Route 1, Harrison, Arkansas, who is in the picture. He was a baby. The lady near the center of the picture was his mother and is holding him in her arms. He is somewhat older now.

Old Time Threshing Scene, near Harrison, Arkansas. This was before the adjustable sieves came along. (Note an extra sieve on top of separator.) The rig was steam powered, was owned by Hugh L. Trotter. The negative was loaned to me by a distant relative of Hugh L. Trotter, Mr. Dennis Trotter of Route 1, Harrison, Arkansas, who is in the picture. He was a baby. The lady near the center of the picture was his mother and is holding him in her arms. He is somewhat older now.

The Green Bros. 14 HP Minneapolis compound in the belt sometime prior to 1913 in the Grantsburg, Wisconsin area. Joe Green on engine, 1. to r.: August Rask, Richard Green, Fred Sandberg, far right, unknown.

OWLS HEAD FOUNDATION

Just a short note to let you know that the Owls Head

Transportation Museum is alive and well up here in the state of Maine. What you see is half of our Corliss Engine flywheel is 16' tall 42' wide and weighs in at 50 tons. he engine is a Harris Corliss tandem engine was donated to our museum by the Cranston Print Works where at one time it powered a large generator. Our museum is unique in that all of our displays operate, whether a 1912 Curtis Pusher aeroplane, WWII Spitfire, Stanley Steam Cars, carriages, gas and team engines or even our Corliss engine. We plan on having the Corliss engine running on steam by this time next year, being a non-profit foundation we rely on volunteer help and assistance to make our goals materialize. So far, this help has come from all over this great county of ours. It was the great engines and machinery of the past which made possible the existing modes of transportation today, keeping in mind that this evolution is just the beginning. Your publications through bringing forth the past, help to better understand what we now have and what lies ahead. Keep up the good work,

Charles Chiarchiaro, Director