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Here is a picture of the horse power for the hand-fed thresher which my sons and I found in the sage brush north of Grace, Idaho and were successful in purchasing. This power is in very good condition as far as the iron parts are concerned. The wooden parts are not too good but can easily be rebuilt. One of the gears that runs on the big ring gear has a tooth broken out and the gear that runs the tumbling rods is about half worn out. We were able to find two new gears Mr. Kessler had purchased to replace the worn ones. They were in the shop on the same farm. I was able to buy the outfit from Mrs. Kessler after the death of her husband. Her place was being run by her brother who had been given permission to sell all the old equipment for junk. He would have sold it before we got there if he had had the facilities to move it. We felt very lucky to have gotten it.

From a kid up I always worked around old steam engines and have quite a collection of models of actual engines which were in use in days gone by. This Case we have is made up of mostly material from scrap, several castings made locally. Steel boiler, 22 5/8'. flues, 6'; well casing for boiler carries 100 lbs. steam and burns charcoal briquettes for coal. In the garage it burns gas. The operator is my great, great grandson and he has been operating it for several years. He does a pretty good job of it, watches the water gauge and all the rest that goes with steam. He lives in New Cumberland, Pa. I am a retired school teacher and have several steam locos on the bench now. One is a 1' scale E3-PRR (1912) and the other an 016-PRR.

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