A Listing of Steam Schools for 2004

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Editor's note: Listed below are steam schools for 2004. As in the past, these listings are compiled from information sent by readers and through calls made to schools that have operated in previous years. If you know of a school that is not listed here, please contact us at: Steam Traction, 1503 S.W. 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609, or e-mail:

Heritage Park of North Iowa
4th Annual Steam School
Forest City, Iowa
May 8-9, 2004
Tuition is $15, which covers the cost of lunches and handouts. Beginner's class. Emphasis on boiler types, basic boiler operation, safety devices, proper boiler start-up and shut-down procedures, use of injectors and pumps, forced draft induction, firing a boiler under load, holding constant steam pressure
and how to handle emergency situations. Steam engine topics include basic operation of the engine, starting and stop-
ping the engine, valve gear operation, governor operation and engine and drive train lubrication. Students will steam-up one or more steam engines. A test modeled after the Minnesota
Hobby Engineer's Test is administered to interested students. For information, contact:
Jerred Ruble, Director of Shows
Heritage Park of North Iowa Project
754 342nd St.
Hanlontown, IA 50444
(641) 797-2697

Old Threshers Reunion
Steam School at Mr. Pleasant
Mt. Pleasant, Iowa
April 24-25, 2004
Tuition is $30, which includes materials and two noon meals. Emphasis on classroom and hands-on experience. First day consists of class work with slides, videos and discussions. Second day consists of hands-on operation. For information, contact:
Old Threshers Reunion
405 E. Threshers Road
Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641
(319) 385-8937

Oklahoma Steam Threshing & Gas Engine Association
Pawnee Steam School 2004
Rushville, Ind.
March 26-28, 2004
Root Building, Rush County
Fairgrounds. Tuition is $25, textbook and two noon meals included. Registration required and enrollment is limited. Emphasis on steam basics and safety, repair and maintenance, restoration, boiler riveting and tube rolling. For information, contact: Brian Vaughn
Pioneer Engineers Club of Indiana
P.O. Box 536
Rushville, IN 46173
(812) 346-5088
www. pioneerengineers. com
Beverly Atteberry
4224 S. Detroit
Tulsa, OK 74105

Roots of Motive Power
Advanced Steam Engineering Class,
Willits, Calif.
April 3-4, 2004
Tuition is $25, which includes all materials. Enrollment is limited to 30 students. For information, contact:
Bobbie Yokum, Registrar
Roots of Motive Power
P.O. Box 1540
Willits, CA 95490
Or contact Chris Baldo at: (707) 459-2600

Rough & Tumble Engineers Historical Association
Rough & Tumble Steam School
Kinzers, Pa.
May 15, 2004 and May 22, 2004
Tuition is $50, which includes all materials. Enrollment limited to Rough & Tumble members only, limited to first 20 applicants. Emphasis on safety, maintenance, operation and hands-on experience. Class time limited to half of first day, with remaining time dedicated to practical hands-on, including cleaning, inspection, maintenance and operation. For information, contact: Butch Biesecker, Instructor
Box 9
Kinzers, PA 17535
(302) 836-2012

Somerset Steam & Gas Engine Association
7th Annual Steam School
Somerset, Va.
April 17-18, 2004
Tuition is $75, which includes all materials and two noon meals. Class limited to first 20 students. NIULPE Hobby Class Boiler test available to eligible students. A NIULPE examiner will be on
hand; fee for the test is $25. For information, contact:
William Dove, Instructor
622 Doctors Road
Louisa, VA 23093
(540) 832-3468

Southeast Antique Machinery Society (SEAMS)
5th Annual Steam School
Denton Farm Park, Denton, N.C.
March 27-28, 2004
Tuition is $70 for Level I, which includes a certificate, badge, lunch for two days, books, materials and a one-year membership to SEAMS EDGE&TA Branch 125. Tuition is $25 for Level II,
and a NIULPE examiner administers a Hobby Class Boiler Test. Limited to 25 students. Registration deadline Jan. 31, 2004. For information, contact:
Cheryl Skeen, Steam School Chairperson
(336) 859-5820

Steam Engine Operation
North Franklin, Conn.
April 24-25, 2004
Tuition is $100, no registration deadline, limited to first 10 applicants. Hands-on class. For information, contact:
George King III
859 Route 32
North Franklin, CT 06254
(860) 642-7103

University of Rollag
Steam Traction Engineering Course
Steamer Hill, Rollag, Minn.
June 19-20, 2004 Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuition is $50, which includes books and some meals. Tuition deadline April 15, 2004. Currently active WMSTR members will be awarded a full scholarship. Individuals wishing to acquire a Minnesota Steam Traction License must be 18 or older. Emphasis on classroom instruction and hands-on training. Over 12 steam traction engines, two to three miniatures, three to four stationary and a full-size railroad locomotive will be available for student operation and training. The course fulfills 16 of 25 hours required for a Minnesota Traction Engineers exam, also known as the 'hobby' license. All attendees are eligible to take a NIULPE exam on Sunday at 2 p.m. Cost of the exam is
$10-$15. For information, contact:
Tom Hall, Registrar
Box 999
Moorhead, MN 56561