Russell Steam Traction Engines: 100 Years of Threshers, Road Rollers, Tractors
The long history of Russell & Company, the "Old Reliable Line”
This 1908 Russell steam traction engine was a sleek-looking machine. The smallest one was an 8 HP.
This Russell ad from 1917 in Power Farming magazine shows that despite its foray into gasoline tractors, the company still considered steam traction engines important, part of their "Old Reliable Russell Line."
The Russell & Co. still advertised their steam traction engines in 1920, even though the time of the gas tractor had come.
A 1918 catalog for Russell & Co. says steam traction engines like this one were made in 25-75 HP size, with a 9-by-13-inch simple-cylinder.
John Garrels' 1922 25 HP Russell steam traction engine was featured on the entry button for the 1989 Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Midwest Old Threshers' Reunion.
The 1918 Russell & Co. catalog shows "The Russell Brothers." Seated, from left, are Joseph, Nahum and Clement; standing are Thomas, George and Allen.
The return-flue steam traction engine manufactured by Russell & Co. was built in 1891 and burned straw. It was probably a 13 HP.
John Garrels' 1922 25 HP Russell steam traction engine was used on a postcard for the Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Midwest Old Threshers' Reunion during the mid-60s. It is a single-cylinder simple machine.
This 4-cylinder Russell tractor is still a reminder of steam traction engines. It is the only 3-wheeled model in the Russell line at the time.
This 20-40 Special road building tractor was part of the successful line of tractors produced by Russell & Co. The company did well with the line after its long history of success with steam traction engines. Note the continued use of "The Boss" logo.
This 12 HP Russell is one of several shown at the Mt. Pleasant Midwest Old Threshers' Reunion.
The old Russell logo says volumes about how life was back in the days when steam traction engines were made.
A close-up of the 12 HP Russell steam traction engine.
A Russell & Co. advertisement from The American Thresherman, August 1909, showing the American 20 HP Gas tractor and The Russell General Utility 30 HP steam traction engine.