Soot in the flues

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Well, this is it Friends this is the great Season of Reunions and steam-ups and good talk, good food, wonderful time of year so get on out there and enjoy them all. Get those engines fired up and make new acquaintances, learn little details from each other pile up a stack of memories for the forthcoming winter.

With this issue we begin the second year (where did the time go already?) under the new ownership We've made mistakes and it's a good bet we'll make some more, but we try to please and we will make every effort to correct our errors Stick with us many of you have been proving that you're with us through the good and the bad and we do receive many favorable comments so Thanks to our Iron-Men Family Members and here's hoping we meet up with many of you at the reunions. And don't forget get the Show Reports and all the little sideline stories of interest to me and I'll try to get them in as soon as possible.

And now on to a few letters that you'll all be interested in readying

EDWIN HILL, Chatsworth, Ontario, Canada would like to know how you can tell the year of manufacture from the serial number I don't even know if you can, can you?

EDGAR WHITE, 112 Overbough Ave., St. Clairsville, Ohio 43950 sends along a good method to keep brass oiler and piping like new on steam or gas engines. He says: 'Remove the tarnish with a commercial brass polish OR if you prefer, use salt with lemon juice or hot vinegar OR use washing soda. Dry thoroughly and polish with a clean flannel cloth. Then spray with a clear metal type or automotive type lacquer.' Ed says he has used this method for years and it works (So thanks to Ed for a helpful tip).

An informal note from George and Margaret Matthews they are moving from Lakewood, New Jersey to Arkansas. They would very much like to hear from all their good friends they have made throughout the years. Their address until they are settled will be in c/o Harold Matthews, Route 2, St. Joe, Arkansas 72675. They promise to answer all letters. They would like to know of any shows near where they will be living. They say they are the owners of the Brass Twins I know you folks that know them will understand.

From BARBARA GRAHAM comes a heart warming letter 'I am writing to you in hopes of receiving help from friends in times when we need the support of others. I am writing in behalf of my grandfather, a man known by you and many of your readers, IRVIN G. HOFFMAN. He has been a long time subscriber of both your magazines, a member of Rough & Tumble and has traveled to many area steam shows where he helped keep steam up for the Getz Bros. calliope. Over the years, he has corresponded and transacted business with countless people about his gasoline engines, particularly his New Holland collection.

I have now decided to write you (unknown to him) thinking perhaps you could put a note in both your magazines requesting folks to drop him a note or a card to lift his spirits in the coming months. I know he has many friends who would be glad to contact him some might even stop in to visit him if time is available. You see, on March 9, he and his wife were involved in a tragic one car accident on the way to church. Mr. Hoffman escaped with bruised legs, but Mrs. Hoffman died as a result of the accident nine hours later. He misses her greatly. I know in the coming months he will need support of his friends and he enjoys nothing more than to talk of old times. Thank you for understanding and caring.' (I need say no more but this I know, he is blessed with a good granddaughter. His address is R. D. 1, Box 31, Manheim, Pennsylvania 17545 - same as Barbara's.)

RICHARD M. SPINK, 410 Bird Ave., Buffalo, New York 14213 would like to thank all the people that sent him get well cards and letters during his recent bout with his ticker. He is still grounded but, with the exception of missing the show at Dillon, S. C. this year, they hope to make all of the shows that they regularly attended.

This probably wasn't meant for the column, but I think it is worth passing on it's one of the nice things that happen with good people in this world. Too often these items are unnoticed. I had a letter from DONALD STEDMAN, 608 Clarks Lane, Winona, Minnesota 55987 and among other things this was in one paragraph! 'When I was a kid of about 10 years, a neighbor let me steer his 19 or 20 HP Aultman-Taylor for about half a mile past our home when moving the rig from one job to another. It was a thrill I remember like yesterday. Now, I want to do something for him in return, almost 50 years later. I'm enclosing a check for one year's subscription to the magazine.' Wasn't that a nice thought and to let the man know just how much his kindness and generosity meant to Don over all the years.

Don is a new member to our family as he began receiving I.M.A. last fall and he says: 'Last fall I subscribed to your magazine. I have since received it and enjoy it. Since I was a small boy on the farm in the latter years of the days of steam engine use in threshing, I have been fascinated with steam engines and although it has now been many years, I can picture in my mind in detail just how the many case engines looked, as well as an Aultman-Taylor, an M. Rumely, a Buffalo-Pitts and a couple of Minneapolis engines. The threshers that they powered, I can of course remember also.

OSCAR E. BUESCHER, R.R. 3, Box 189, Edwardsville, Illinois 62025 sends along this informative letter: 'Dear Anna Mae I certainly enjoy your writing under the heading Soot in the Flues. In the May-June issue of the Album, you had a letter from Douglas Dann, of Ithaca, N. Y., who wanted more information about the big 150 HP Case.

I have a 1908 Case catalog that has the list price and specifications on the 150 H P Case Road Locomotive. They are as Follows 14 x 14 - inch Cylinder Road Locomotive, - $4000.; Brake H P -150; Road Locomotive; Cylinder 14 x 14 inches; Waist, inches 42; Firebox, inches, length 58-1/4, width, 39-1/4, height 45; Boiler Tubes, Number - 93, Diameter 2 inches, Length 108-1/2 inches, grate area - Square feet 15.8; heating surface - sq. ft. 508.5; steam pressure 150 psi; Fly Wheel -Diameter inches, 50, Face inches, 16, Revolutions per minute, 200; engine travels mph, 2.64; rear wheels, inches, diameter 96, face 36; front wheels, inches, diameter 53, face 14; distance between axles, inches 160; extreme width of engine, inches 136.'

ANTHONY S. HEAL of the National Traction Engine Club of England sent us a list of Rallies in case some of our friends visiting England might want to visit at that time. It is quite a large list and if you wish you could obtain one by writing George F. Beck, 127 Greensted Road, Loughton, Essex, England. George is the Secretary of National Traction. Engine Club. (Thanks Anthony - a kind gesture).

That's it for this time and I wish you all a terrific summerand remember A lot of happiness is overlooked because it doesn't cost anything.