GETTING READY to roll again - Frankie Schwartz has a new project -restoring this old tractor to full operation. Mr. Schwartz first saw the tractor three years ago and has been all that time persuading Howard Miller to sell it to him. Mr. Miller bought the steam tractor in 1913 for $600 - but that was back in the days when $1 was worth a great deal more than today. The tractor was used for a time to power a saw mill, it later ran a planer and has traveled back and forth over Dent county. Mr. Schwartz plans to fix up the boiler and flues, put the old steam tractor in first class shape, fix up the wheels and drive it in Salem's centennial parade next year.
I also have a ' scale - 3' track gauge of a Pennsy K-4 Pacific (4-6-2) in live steam and other odds and ends. This is just a hobby and not for income.
Taken Feb. 23, 1933. Looking north the Pere Marquette railroad station, on the west side of the village of Pent water across the channel. The railroad ran only this far. In the early days a steam passenger train and a steam freight train ran to and from Pent water daily. The passenger train stayed over night and went out at 7:30 a.m. and another passenger train came in at 9:15 a.m. As the automobiles increased, the passenger train service was discontinued and the freight train ran only. As years went by the freight train service was also discontinued in the year of 1933. The railroad from Pent water to Mears, Michigan was then taken up and the P. M. railroad station was also taken down. There are some houses where the railroad yard once was in use.
On the picture the box by the telegraph pole is all of iron, heavily made and belongs to the P. M. Railroad Company.