Steam Calliope

Steam traction engine

Courtesy of Howard Camp, 18 West Washington Street. Newman, Georgia 30205

Howard Camp

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I was pleasantly surprised and pleased to have such a visitor and celebrity of the steam traction engine world as Lee Roy Blaker call on me and look over my old ADD-VANCE. 'Mr. Steam Tractor' himself from Alverton, Ohio, looked over my old ADD-VANCE and thought she ought to last another 50 years if I make certain repairs that could add to the safety of the boiler, which of course I will make as soon as I get time.

We talked old times, and yes. lots of it was about the ADD-VANCE and the Port Huron and believe it or not, I am sure the ADD-VANCE is one of his top three favorites even if he is an old Port man. We all have our favorites. I wish my friend, Hillis Cortel you from Texas, could have been here with us.

I did not have much to show Lee Roy in the steam line, but I did take his picture standing near my ole 24 whistle steam calliope, a replica of Capt. Bill Bryant's show boat days on the Ohio River years ago. The weather was too bad to steam her up as calliopes do not work well in the winter time; one thing it is hard to get up enough steam as it goes to water so fast with all of the radiation. As you know, this is where the show people got their drinking water, from the trap valve on the calliope manifold as the main valve always leaked steam enough to furnish the pure drinking water for the troupe.

If we ever have a steam engine heaven up there, I am sure Lee Roy will be there along with Uncle Marcus Leonard, Big Slim, A. G. Thomas and Mr. Wood from Minden, Utah. I sure hope St. Peter will let me in so I can see the old engines when I am gone.