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The annual steam up for the Minnesota Steam Engineers Association was held at the Rollag, Minnesota showground's, on Saturday, May 16, 1992 this year.
The steam up was special for Minnesota Steam Engineers Association this year because four engines were steamed up due to the efforts of the members of M.S.E.A. to get legislation changed to allow the following engines to be run again: a Huber, a Reeves, a 45 HP Minneapolis and a 110 Case. All were over 36 inches in diameter on the shell and, because of the law, could only carry 15 pounds of pressure, which rendered them to static display. Now these engines and other engines of this size can run and strut their stuff in Minnesota because of the efforts of M.S.E.A.
Association president Richard Rorvig, along with the M.S.E.A. task force, spent many hours meeting with the state legislators and boiler inspectors to accomplish this task.
The steam up started around 10:00 a.m., and as members came and gathered around the engines, many stories were told. Friends were visiting with each other and many questions were answered. After a very good beef dinner, put on by Linnette Briden and her crew of Rollag volunteers, an afternoon of running an engine, learning about the safety of firing a boiler, and riding the railroad engine which they had steamed up was sure an afternoon to remember. Group pictures were taken of members standing by the four engines, and a short meeting was held. A short talk by Jerry Parker explaining the Rollag Steam School made it a very nice afternoon.
Thanks go to the many Rollag members and Jim Briden for organizing the steam up and for making it a huge success. I understand they served 150 members at the dinner and M.S.E.A. can be proud of the fine turnout. I was at the first meeting when it was founded around 20 years ago, and I saw it grow into a good organization with good fellowship, education about steam boilers and working together to keep our engines running in a safe manner. Most of all, we stress proper maintenance to keep our boilers in good shape for years to come.
Every one of our members is willing to help in keeping the hobby going and can be proud of what the organization has accomplished over the past 20 years.