2011 Steam Schools

Steam schools scheduled in 2011 promote safety and maintenance

| February 2011

  • Instructor Butch Biesecker demonstrates opening try cocks to verify water level in the boiler.
    Instructor Butch Biesecker demonstrates opening try cocks to verify water level in the boiler.
    Photos courtesy Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Assn.
  • Students at Rough and Tumble Little Toot receive instruction on how to operate the engine safely.
    Students at Rough and Tumble Little Toot receive instruction on how to operate the engine safely.
    Photos courtesy Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Assn.
  • Students operating a Frick and Aultman & Taylor around the Rough and Tumble grounds in Kinzers, Pa.
    Students operating a Frick and Aultman & Taylor around the Rough and Tumble grounds in Kinzers, Pa.
    Photos courtesy Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Assn.
  • Rough and Tumble Steam School students break into groups with instructors after morning class.
    Rough and Tumble Steam School students break into groups with instructors after morning class.
    Photos courtesy Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Assn.
  • Students learn the fine art of operating a steam traction engine.
    Students learn the fine art of operating a steam traction engine.
    Photos courtesy Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Assn.
  • A Case with students chugs around at Rough and Tumble.
    A Case with students chugs around at Rough and Tumble.
    Photos courtesy Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Assn.

  • Instructor Butch Biesecker demonstrates opening try cocks to verify water level in the boiler.
  • Students at Rough and Tumble Little Toot receive instruction on how to operate the engine safely.
  • Students operating a Frick and Aultman & Taylor around the Rough and Tumble grounds in Kinzers, Pa.
  • Rough and Tumble Steam School students break into groups with instructors after morning class.
  • Students learn the fine art of operating a steam traction engine.
  • A Case with students chugs around at Rough and Tumble.

Nine steam schools will be held across the U.S. in 2011. These schools, put on by historical associations and organizations, are taught by experienced engineers. The schools fulfill the need for trained and knowledgeable operators in a category of mesmerizing, historic and potentially dangerous equipment. The one- or two-day courses focus on safety, operation and maintenance basics, and most include hands-on training. Registration is required for all courses. If you’re interested, hurry to enroll – most fill up quickly. 

Illinois
11th Annual Central States Threshermen’s Steam School May 14-15, Threshermen’s Reunion Park, Pontiac. Tuition is $50 and includes camping, coffee, donuts and lunch both days. Class size limited to 50.
For more information: David Schott, 620 S. Vermillion St., Pontiac, IL 61764; (815) 842-3129; e-mail: dj2shot@mchsi.com; www.threshermensreunion.org. 

Iowa 
Midwest Old Threshers Reunion Steam School April 30-May 1, Midwest Old Threshers show grounds, Mt. Pleasant. Tuition is $50 and includes materials and two noon meals; the course stresses classroom and hands-on experience.
For more information: Terry McWilliams, Public Relations and Marketing, 405 E. Threshers Rd., Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641; (319) 385-8937; e-mail: info@oldthreshers.org; www.oldthreshers.com. 

Heritage Park of North Iowa 11th Annual Steam School May 21-22, Heritage Park of North Iowa, Forest City. Tuition is $30 and includes materials, continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments; free primitive camping available. Class size limited to 50.
For more information: Jerred Ruble, Director of Shows, Heritage Park of North Iowa, 754 342nd St., Hanlontown, IA 50444; (641) 797-2697; e-mail: ruble@wctatel.net; www.heritageparkofnorthiowa.com. 



Minnesota 
Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion/University of Rollag Steam School June 18-19, Steamer Hill, Rollag. Tuition is $50 and includes materials and two meals; classroom instruction and hands-on experience using a wide range of steam equipment, including stationary, traction, miniature and railroad engines. Class size is limited to 70. Certified for Minnesota and North Dakota steam hobby license; class counts toward necessary hours for Ohio steam license.
For more information: Tom Hall, University of Rollag, P.O. Box 999, Moorhead, MN 56561; (218) 233-1771; www.rollag.com.

Oklahoma 
Oklahoma Steam Threshing & Gas Engine Assn. Pawnee Steam School March 26-27, Pawnee Steam Park grounds, Pawnee. Tuition is $40 and includes materials and two meals.
For more information: Robert Marrs, (918) 241-1510; www.oklahomathreshers.org.