Suite 101 10 Edmonton Street Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
About two year's ago, through the kindness of Mr. C. Syd Matthews, founder of the Reeves Historical Society of America, P. O. Box 1300 Meaford, Ontario, and who has recently been seriously ill, two photos of a 32 hp. double simple Reeves engine and some particulars regarding same, came into my possession. I believe these originated by James W. Chandler of Frankfort, Indiana and relate to 32 Reeves E/B No. 8091 in a sawmill fire September 29, 1947 near Kokomo, Indiana.
There are so many variations from the usual Reeves engine that I considered it should be written up, with the thought that just maybe there could be a few men still in a position to fill in some of blank spaces and I particularly have in mind somebody who may have had part in their design or on the erecting floor, etc., etc. Let's hope we find some person who has all the information, and furthermore who will please have it placed on record for future use.
Now this brings up one important thing again. Such information should be recorded just as soon as it has been gathered together because it is unbelievable how soon these things pass to oblivion. As for example I found a nice Reeves a few years ago which had been used on a sawmill back in the dirty thirties, a 1904 or 1905 engine, number stolen, but there is no living person who has the least idea of anything pertaining to that engine's history, just a few short years and no memories whatever by any person.
Such information would be most interesting to the readers of the Iron Men and it could also be filed for reference by the Society.
Re engine 8091. The boiler appears to conform to the usual Reeves specifications but is reported to have had one half inch shell and to have been stamped 210 WSP Max. (working steam pressure) The axles were mounted in the usual locations with the usual Reeves wheels but note the side mounted water tanks were rectangular and not oval. One injector at the platform and one British type eccentric-driven-from-a-spur-gear off the crankshaft water pump supplied the boiler, the water pump feeding through the usual exhaust manifold as other Reeves engines. There is no similarity whatever with the levers as illustrated to the usual Reeves levers.
The two engine frames are wide apart. The governors, the springs of which were destroyed in the fire and sagged, are down between the two cylinders and it is impossible to trace the manifold connections either to or from both engines, but the feed water heater while appearing similar to the Reeves usual style is located to the rear several inches. It is impossible to know what type of valve gear was applied to this engine as it is all inside between the frames and the motion brought outside on rocker shafts and arms to the valve spindles.
This engine was placed a few inches farther ahead on the boiler than the usual Reeves engine, hence there must have been an idler gear which does not appear in the pictures, but there is an expanding flywheel clutch. Now who ever heard of one such on a Reeves? What a pity this engine was destroyed. Even if badly damaged by the fire, which it may not have been, it would have been a most interesting specimen. Does anybody know of one similar?