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The State of New Jersey is offering two steam-driven Fairbanks-Morse Underwriter Fire Pumps to anyone who will load them and haul them away. If your organization is looking for outstanding exhibition pumps, here's your chance.

Present location of the pumps is at the powerhouse of the Trenton Psychiatric Hospital, Trenton, N.J. Thomas A. Hychalk, principal engineer of the State Department of Human Services, who told us of the offer, listed this data from the nameplate:

Fairbanks-Morse, Chicago; Underwriter Fire Pump; 20x12x16; Capacity, 1500 gallons per minute or 6 good 11/8 inch smooth nozzle streams; full speed60 revolutions per minute; Never let steam get below 50 pounds at night or Sundays or any other time.

You can call Hychalk at (609) 984-0877.


Blueprints of river steamships which plied the Hudson during the peak days of that form of transportation, have been given to the South Street Seaport Museum in New York City.

The collection, consisting of over 5,000 drawings of steamboats, paddlewheels and engines, was the gift of the Bethlehem Steel Shipyard at Hoboken, N.J., which has sold its yard.

All the blueprints came from W. & A. Fletcher Co., top steamship and marine engine manufacturer. It did pioneer work on the walking-beam engine, steam turbine engine and a ferryboat which was an innovation it could go into reverse without having to turn around.

If you want more information, write to John B. Hightower, director of the South Street Seaport Museum.

Craig S. Thompson's 1914 Frick 8 x 10 traction engine being operated by Cletus Somers, who used to run it for the original owner; the small vertical steam engine to the left is a 2 HP Geiser engine made approximately 1905. Photo taken at the 1982 Somerset Steam and Gas Association Show, Somerset, Virginia, and sent to us by Thompson.


Owls Head Transportation Museum in Maine is seeking $160,000 for erection of an addition to expand its space.

It now has 40,000 square feet for its collection of vehicles and engines; it wants to build an addition of 9,500 square feet. Costs include blasting, installation of heat, fire and theft protection, and humidity control. It needs storage space. The $160,000 goal includes pledges from members and friends, and matching funds.

To aid, send gifts to Owls Head Transportation Museum, Dept. X, Owls Head, Maine 04854.


If you are interested in or collect air horns or steam whistles, join a growing association of fellow enthusiasts who make up the newly formed group called the Horn and Whistle Enthusiasts.

Formally launched in October, 1982, and with a mailing list already approaching the 100 mark, this group is dedicated to the history, development and application of horns and whistles in marine, factory, and railroad service, for warning and signaling.

A bi-monthly publication, THE HORN AND WHISTLE, provides a forum for technical articles, reprints of rare out-of-print technical data and sales literature, detailed reviews of selected devices, members in the news, questions and answers, buy-sell interests, etc.

Individuals interested in learning more are invited to write the organization at 140 Forest Avenue, Glen Ridge, New Jersey 07028.