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.

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.