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Can you believe?? March-April issue already soon be time for the spring planting! Not only that spring steam-ups how about that? And, then the Steam Reunions so get those details finished on those projects and get your luggage ready good times will be here before you know it.

We had a nice response for our Directory and it will be available in a few weeks - so if you are interested in one get your orders in. $1.00 each plus 25 cents for mailing & handling.

We had a story sent in awhile back with this preface thought you might get a chuckle out of it. 'Please print this story or my husband will kill me! I'm sorry about the delay in submission, but wives are notoriously slow secretaries. Maybe the pay has something to do with it? If you print this, you will make one man very happy and possibly save a marriage and the emotional security of four young children. You can't say no to that, can you?' No, we couldn't and the rticle was printed, but I thought her plea quite humorous, but effective.

Now, while you are waiting for Reunion Festivities and after you come back and have time on your hands, I'd like to ask you to share your culinary arts and hints with us. We are planning in the future to print a Cook Book made up of contributions from our readers of both magazines. All kinds of recipes, Gals Men too, send your favorites to us Desserts, (you can tell what I like just by what I named first) casseroles, meat, vegetables, sandwiches anything you feel is especially good and I'm hoping we come up with some recipes that will be different to many of us. And any good hints you might have also. We'll take a look at all material sent in and see what happens we might end up with a Betty Cooker's Crock Book of our own well, we couldn't very well call it Steam 'N Gas Cook Book could we? (Just having a little fun with the words and I'll be looking for the recipes).

And now onto better writings that the above & some interesting communications from our Family out in Iron-Men Land.

ROBERT S. PAINE, Box 201, South Well Fleet, Massachusetts 02663 shares his hobby ideas with us: 'I am a collector of old 'one lungers' and machinery and of steam engines, boilers, etc. I find a sense of accomplishment when I save from the wreckers and then get the same, It'll never run again, piece of iron purring away just as it should, and I can show it to the scoffers. They are always amazed. I've been seven years rebuilding an 8-ton 1892 0-4-0 Baldwin locomotive, narrow gauge. I calculate two years more and she'll be steamed up and running.' (Then you'll have to send us a picture and story Bob!)

With a Christmas card came a 'chatty' letter from JAMES W. CHANDLER, 54 Taylor Street, Frankfort, Indiana 46041. 'I received a card from Kansas about the Russell compound engine (Jim had a letter in 1975 Jan.-Feb. column, Page 10, bottom of page.) As you probably know, I have quite a collection of pictures of these I have taken over a period of years. You might add a short note in your column that I do not verify or claim, that the Russell compound was 25 or 30 HP, just repeated what Mr. Ray Stoner called it.

I knew Gilbert Enders of N. Lodi and visited often, when in Nickel Plate Railroad Service at nearby Belleview, Ohio.

By the way it is amazing what some of your readers have seen, and what they haven't. Especially some mail I have received about the big Keck-Gonnerman engine on page 35 of Nov.-Dec. 1971 I.M.A. at Mt. Pleasant Show, years ago, when two of these engines were discussed. Just Leonard Mann of Otterbein, Indiana and myself had ever seen such engines. Yet, Keck-Gonnerman Catalogue #32, Page III plainly shows table of both single cylinder and double cylinder types. The boiler shell seam is near bottom and has wide butt strap similar to Canadian type, Gaar-Scott (near pedestal). Another radical difference from usual Keck-Gonnerman practice was the rear wheels, which were much better designed than those of their standard line of manufacture.

I have a picture of a 25 HP double cylinder Keck-Gonnerman taken years ago, North of Greentown, Indiana. There is a resemblance but they are not alike. This one was ordered by one Lon Pickott of Greentown or Sycamore, Indiana about 1912. The later one on page 35 of Nov.-Dec. 1971 I.M.A. is more refined and much larger.

Folks from our I.M.A. FAMILY like to write to us when they send in their subscriptions This letter came from BRUCE McCOURTNEY, Syracuse, Nebraska 68446-'I'm 68 and was born within 100 feet of an Aultman-Taylor steam engine. Dad had a Rumely and a Stevens too at that time. I cut my teeth on a lug on that old beveled gear Aultman Taylor. And believe it or not, I still have the narrow side tank off of that old engine.

I now have a 1916 Case and a 1914 Russell and a model rear mount Gaar Scott. It weighs two tons. We owned 23 steam engines at one time. My Dad started we three boys and two sisters out young on steam engines. We threshed, graded roads, crushed rock, drove pilings, baled hay, shelled corn and moved a lot of houses, etc. so we used steam engines almost the year around. These Nemabra hills and Missouri River bluffs weren't really the best places to move buildings, etc. but we were lucky. I did ride steamers through four bridges in my life only got hurt once to amount to anything. Got a bad bump, broken knee cap, but wasn't off the job long. After a few years I happened to think all four bridge accidents happened within fifteen minutes of 10 A.M. Bet I couldn't do that again. I better close the draft door and turn on the injector-see you next year'. (O.K. Bruce, thanks for writing.)

A. J. HETZEL, 7324 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85020, when communicating with us recently added: 'The writer, in 1916 to 1922, owned the Avery tractor as shown on the cover of the Jan.-Feb. 1974 issue. We farmed thousands of acres of wheat land with the tractor in the famous Judith Basin area. The motto then was: (Wheat will win the war!). For your information, the Avery Manufacturing Company only built two other tractors of this type.'

A group of people are hoping for someone to help them out with their problem 'We are currently constructing a Museum. We are searching for a steam traction donation for us to restore. We have the willing people who also have the know-how.' Write Jean Pitts, Curator, 200 E. Zarragoza Street, Pensacola, Florida 32501. The letterhead had Historical Pensacola Preservation Board-Museum Bureau.

Then from a long time member of I.M.A. Family, FRANK J. BURRIS (Retired IBM Minuteman Engineer), 35640 F, Yucaipa, California 92399, comes this info:

'Anent the good comments re 'The Baker Fan' in the Jan-Feb. 1975 (Goodness sakes! Can 1975 be upon us already?) by Mr. Claude P. Albert, there is no other misconcept about this item which appears afloat at various of the engine gatherings. This factor is concerned in any measurement of power output of any device, and is called optimization. In the Prony brake, the engine output is calculated as a product of speed of rotation of the brake and a torque measurement at that - particular speed, adding friction and windage losses which do not appear in these figures. It therefore makes no difference at what speed the drum may be turning during test, as a corresponding torque is indicated simultaneously for that speed. That is, large or small engine band wheels are of o consequence.

However, in the case of the simple loading of the Baker fan, where no drafting is under control, the increasing speed of the fan meets an even greater increasing of torque or drag (as Mr. Albert has pointed out to be roughly to be a cube power of the speed). Consequently, it becomes unfair to compare the power output of two engines having differing diameters of band wheels. Actually, any particular engine might spin the fan faster if its band wheel diameter were reduced; or, conversely, if a larger pulley should be placed upon the fan shaft. Under this hypothesis, a smaller engine might conceivably spin the fan faster than a more powerful engine. In other words, there is no provision for optomizing the pulley ratios between the engine and fan. To allow of an alternate compensation would require a throttling vent on the enclosed fan housing constructed for this purpose. Then the air density, humidity, and volume delivered, at generated output pressures, could be utilized to determine the actual power involved. To allow of this method of power determination would properly involve use of a computer programmed for this particular purpose, which s a bit about the capabilities of all of us old-time-show hounds.

So, in the meantime, just belt her up and listen to her puff!

ROY FREEL, 380 Rhodes Avenue, Mansfield, Ohio 44906 is interested in the sketching that was in the March-April 1974 issue, page 18. As far as I know it is just one of the many interesting pics that the printers put in to add to the interest of the magazine. Anyone have any idea where something like this would have been built and make and year?? Roy would like to hear from you.

I told you before that our editor and his wife visited England recently Gerry has an article on the steam shows in this issue. Hope you will enjoy it.

And that's it for this time and remember Spring was once a forerunner of flowers and nectar, but now is a herald of the tax collector.

Aided by warm temperatures and a beautifully bright sky, the crowds along the 2.6 mile route were six to eight deep at some points and estimates for the total crowd varied from 200,000 to 400,000.

'It was the best parade I've ever seen,' was the comment of one Holyoker, who noted he had seen almost every parade in the past twenty years.


'It was absolutely fantastic. The bands were great,' were the comments of still others along the route.

Even the marching groups themselves were caught up in the excitement of the show and most of the musical units performed throughout the entire distance because the crowd was so evenly distributed.

Hard Choice

As with the people viewing the parade, the judges also had a difficult choice in selecting the best floats and bands.

The judges decision of the best float in the parade, winner of the Chairman's Award, was generally agreed to have gone to the best float as the Granby Historical Float was selected as grand prize winner.

The top float featured a corn sheller complete with steam engine and workers as well as a small farm with two pigs and a sheep.