Spalding's Corner

Looking for Clues to Mystery Engines

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Last issues' mystery engine was a bit of head scratcher, with only Mike Rohrer, Smithsburg, Md., taking a stab at its identity. We don't have any information on the engine, so we can't verify who made it, or when. Mike writes:

"It looks like an early Frick engine. It is a center crank and has a side water tank. The wheels are the only thing that throw me. They do look like wheels Frick used on early plowing engines, but Geiser used wheels something like that, too. Is it a Frick?"

We'd still like to hear from anyone who can confirm the engine's identity, but for providing the first - and only - answer, Mike Rohrer gets a free copy of Prof. P.S. Rose's Steam Engine Guide.

This month's mystery engine comes, as usual, courtesy of John Spalding, 112 Carriage Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075 (genesis645@aol.com).

The field hands clustered around the engine almost obscure it, but we're certain one of our readers will identify its maker. As ever, the first person to correctly identify the engine, by mail, gets a free copy of Prof. P.S. Rose's Steam Engine Guide.

Good steaming!