'I must say I miss Anna Mae!'
'Mighty Power & Weight' is how J. D. BROOKHART, 429 West High Street, St. Marys, Ohio 45885 headlines this little piece. 'These three photos are shown to remind us to use care when operating our beloved steam and gasoline engines. In the 'Good Old Days,' when these heavy iron workhorses were in daily use, the operators learned, sometimes the hard way, that they could be powerful but also dangerous.
'The steam engine blown asunder at a lumber mill is a bleak reminder that we are dealing with a great deal of power, which if not tended to properly, can be dangerous. At a steam show when I've shared this photo with someone, they usually step back about 10 feet from the steam engine they have been watching. The Reeves shown halfway into the box culvert is a reminder of the enormous weight that we are dealing with. A number of county roads over the years were closed by a steam engine too big for the wooden culverts. It looks as if this engine survived, but the water wagon is a loss.
'Another photo shows a bridge which fell victim to the weight of a steam engine.'
'At every steam and gasoline engine show each engine should be constantly tended, small children should keep their distance from fly wheels and gears, and no one should be permitted to mistreat or abuse an engine by 'hot rodding' it. If you aren't roping off your area for protection from the viewers, you're making a mistake.'
Our final letter for this month comes from LARRY CREED of RR #13, Box 209, Brazil, Indiana 47834. Larry sent us copies of four photos, described as follows:
#1: This steam outfit was owned by Sam Tucker of Harmony, IN. He was a prosperous thresher man and is standing directly in front of the threshing machine feeder with hands on his hips.
#2: Same outfit, left hand view. Sam threshed a 20 mile circle from home. Anyone got a guess on the make of engine? (I'm betting Gaar-Scott.)
#3: Small threshing rig owned by Sam Tucker. Engine looks to be an Advance.
#4: Sam Tucker's sawmill at Turkey Run State Park area, before it was made an Indiana State park.
Well, that's it for our letters for this issue. Please keep them coming, and the pictures, too! While you're out on the road this summer going to steam shows, drop us a line and send us some snapshots from your travels-our readers would love to see them. And don't forget to send us your questions and observations on restorationSoot in the Flues readers have always been a great help to one another.
Try to 'keep your cool' in these sweltering summer months!
Linda and Gail